Drake picked up two awards at the 2017 Grammys, with “Hotline Bling” winning for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance. Of course, that picking up was done metaphorically, as the artist skipped the show and kept busy with his European tour. It’s no surprise he didn’t make the trip, though, as Drake is now revealing that he doesn’t even want his “weird” wins. Specifically, Drake see something suspect in the rap category victories of “Hotline Bling,” given that “Hotline Bling” doesn’t feature any, well, rap. Explaining his frustration in an interview on OVO Sound Radio, he said: “Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song, the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category … Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why. I won two awards, but I don’t even want them, because it just feels weird for some reason.” Drake’s comments come among a chorus of displeasure about the Grammys’ failure to properly acknowledge black artists, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow’s lone denials aside.
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