Drake showed his support for The Weeknd after he had received zero nominations at 2020’s Grammy even though ‘Blinding Lights‘ saved its spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks while ‘After Hours‘ debuted atop the Billboard 200.
As known, following the nominees officially announced by the Record Academy, The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, took to Twitter to criticize the decision of the committee. He wrote that “the Grammys remain corrupt” and said they owe transparency to the singer, his fans, and the entire music industry. Although the Academy’s chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement that there are so many artists and so few nominations, he could not convince the industry that the decisions are proper.
Amid that controversy, Canadian rapper Drake went to his verified Instagram account and reacted to the Record Academy by siding with his compatriot The Weeknd. He posted a lengthy note to Instagram Stories that began as follows:
“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.”
Then the ‘Chicago Freestyle‘ rapper compared the occasion to that of a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways.
The four-time Grammy winner continued by mentioning a conversation he shared with Tesfaye; shortly before the nominations were announced, Drake told the singer that he “was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions,” however, the things didn’t happen that way.
The ‘POPSTAR‘ hitmaker said then that these times are great for building something new for the generations to come, and implied a brand new organization to honor the musicians more properly.
With that message, Drake joined a group of music professionals who have come to the singer’s defense over Grammys, including Kid Cudi, Charlie Puth, Tinashe, and Akon.
See below to view Drake’s message.