Drake’s been a very outspoken critic of the Grammys over the years due to the award’s lack of diversity, a fact which has become glaringly obvious over the last few years.
After declining the opportunity to perform at this year’s Grammys, Drake surprisingly showed up to claim his win for Best Rap Song. But he had ulterior motives.
I suppose his heart was in the right place when he said, “If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and snow, spending money to buy tickets to your shows, you don’t need this right here.”
That’s some truth serum indeed and reignites the debate of – are the Grammys still relevant?
The thing is, they 100% still are. And while Drake might not need that Grammy, there are millions of aspiring musicians out there that would fall over themselves backwards for the opportunity or honour.
Every news media outlet around the world is covering the Grammys this morning – we all want to know who won, who gave the best performance, who was the most controversial. It also opens winners up to a wider audience that perhaps might not have known who the Soweto Gospel Choir was before the ceremony, for example.
For an artist like Drake that doesn’t matter. He’s a household name. But for the small fry, award ceremonies like this will always matter. Until the climate of the industry completely changes and winners of awards don’t influence streaming charts or physical sales post-ceremonies.
Watch Drake’s full acceptance speech below.