Drake is questioning the relevance of the Grammy Awards. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the rapper stated that the awards show "may no longer matter" after several hip hop and R&B stars failed to receive any 2021 Grammy nominations.
"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 artists that exist now and the ones that come after," Drake wrote to Instagram stories, according to E! Online. "It's like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can't change their ways."
Drake's comments come a day after R&B artist The Weeknd lashed out at The Recording Academy on social media.
"The Grammys remain corrupt," the 30-year-old performer tweeted after being snubbed by the Grammys. "You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."
Drake was surprised when The Weeknd received no acknowledgment as an artist.
"The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way," the "Best I Ever Had" hitmaker continued. "This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come."
In his post, Drake tagged several artists who were overlooked by the academy, including Lil Baby, PartyNextDoor, Popcaan, and the late Pop Smoke.
Responding to The Weeknd's claims of corruption, Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason Jr. said he was surprised at the "Blinding Lights" singer's lack of nominations.
"We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated," he said in a statement to Variety. "I was surprised and can empathize with what he's feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone's admiration."
Mason further stated that the voting process was not flawed.
"To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd's performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process," he said. "All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence and we congratulate them all."
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