Do not expect Drake to walk away with a trophy on music’s biggest night.
E! News can confirm the rapper withdrew his two 2022 Grammy nominations. While reasons for the decision at this stage are still unknown, a source said it was a decision Drake and management made. The Grammys finally complied with the request.
“The Recording Academy received a request from Drake / his management to remove his nominations from our final round vote and that request was complied with,” a representative of the Academy told NBC News.
Back on November 23rd, artists including Carly Pearce, BTS, Jon Batiste and HER announced the star-studded list of nominations. Drake received two nods, including Best Rap Performance for “Way 2 Sexy” and Best Rap Album Thanks to Certified Lover Boy.
The news that Drake withdrew his nominations broke on December 6, the same day that Grammy ballots were posted for voting members. According to Variety, voting for the two rap categories of which Drake was originally a part, will continue with only four nominees, presumably because the voting period has already begun.