Drake and Childish Gambino had already turned down requests to perform at the 61st annual Grammy Awards which came off last Sunday February 10.
While it seem the rapper Drake was not only boycotting the performance bit of the 2019 Grammys, he suggests the world does not need the Grammy awards.
Drake after picking the award for ‘best rap song’ was cut off by the Recording Academy during his spotlight moment at the 2019 Grammy awards after he suggested the Grammys don’t matter as much as viral popularity.
“God’s Plan”, the song which won Drake the Best Rap Song saw the artist spotlight moment brought to an abrupt end when Drake used his winner’s speech to encourage musicians to work on their craft regardless of recognition.
“All my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth, I wanna let you know we’re playing an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said. “So it’s not the NBA, where at the end of the year, you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions or won the games.”
“The point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown,” he continued. “Look, look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this [award] right here. I promise you, you already won.”
At that point, the ceremony’s producers cut his microphone off and went to commercial. It was a much-discussed moment in an otherwise uncontroversial ceremony.
Elsewhere at the 2019 Grammys, it was a significant win for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media for their song “Shallow,” from Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. Lady Gaga also won Best Pop Solo Performance on her own for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” from her 2016 album Joanne. Check out the full list of winners here