Popular Canadian rapper Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, has withdrawn from the 2021 Grammy Awards consideration.
This is coming after the rapper got two nominations in this year’s Grammys; Best Rap Performance for ‘Way 2 Sexy’ and Best Rap Album for ‘Certified Lover Boy’.
According to multiple media reports, the request to withdraw came from Drake’s management, which the Recording Academy obliged.
This means there will now be only four nominees in each of the affected categories.
So far, the four-time Grammy Award winner has not made a statement regarding the withdrawal.
For a while, Drake has been critical of the Grammys.
Last year, as part of the uproar over the award-nominations process and its use of so-called ‘nominating committees’. The Recording Academy’s system came under fire when Drake’s compatriot, The Weeknd, was snubbed for any nominations despite having some of the year’s most critically acclaimed and popular work.
Expressing his discontent with the award organisers, Drake wrote on his Instagram page last year, “I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artist that exist now and the ones that come after. It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just won’t change their ways.”