- Drake used his Grammy Award acceptance speech to criticize the Grammys.
- He won Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.”
- Drake talked down the award, saying, “If there’s people who […] are spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here.”
- The rapper looked set to continue his vitriol when the broadcast suddenly cut to an ad break.
- Drake is among a growing number of musicians to criticize the awards for their lack of diversity and was among a number of them who refused to perform on the night.
Aubrey Drake Graham won his second career Grammy Award last night.
He won Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.”
However, when the rapper took to the stage to receive his trophy, his acceptance speech took on a more criticizing tone than one of gratitude.
“I want to take this opportunity while I’m up here to just talk to all the kids that are watching this, aspiring to do music,” Drake said.
“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 in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. 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.”
“This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else, or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis [Scott].
“But my point is you’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown.
“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 right here. I promise you, you already won.”
Drake could then be heard saying, “But…” — presumably about to continue his tirade when the broadcast suddenly cut to an ad break.
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
Drake was among a number of musicians who refused to perform at the Grammys this year, including Jay Z, Rihanna, Childish Gambino, and Ariana Grande — who fell out with the awards show’s producer Ken Enrich over creative differences.
“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Enrich admitted to The New York Times last week, referencing the criticism the Grammys have received for pigeonholing artists in that genre.
“When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad,” he added.
Last year, the Grammys came under fire for handing just one of its main awards to a woman, and the Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to “step up” in the industry.