Drake collects Grammy win for best rap song, blasts weight of awards
|Toronto Star 11 Feb 2019 at 11:28|
Drake surprised many of his fans by showing up to collect his Grammy Award for best rap song on Sunday â but he had a few choice words for organizers of the glitzy event.
The hitmaker, born Aubrey Graham, held his golden trophy in one hand while he acknowledged his turbulent relationship with the Grammys.
Drake accepts Best Rap Song for âGod s Planâ onstage during the Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Â Â (Kevork Djansezian / GETTY IMAGES)
âThis is like the first time in Grammy history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that, thatâs really nice,â he said as he accepted his award for the chart-topping song âGodâs Plan.â
âI definitely did not think I was winning anything.â
Drake, who walked into the event with seven nominations, second only to Kendrick Lamar, wasnât necessarily expected to show up to collect any wins. He often shuns appearances at awards shows and boycotted last yearâs Grammys by not submitting anything from his previous release, More Life.
Heâs also chose to forgo consideration at the Juno Awards again this year with his latest album Scorpion. Tensions have lingered after he hosted the 2011 show but was shut out of all of his five nominations.
As he accepted his Grammy, Drake added that working in the music industry is like âplaying in an opinion-based sport, not a factual based sport.â
âItâs not the NBA where at the end of the year youâre holding a trophy because you made the right decisions and won the games,â he said.
âThis is a business where sometimes itâs up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else.â
He added that an artist has already won if âyou have people who are singing your songs word for wordâ and âif youâre a hero in your hometown.â