Drake doesn’t want his 2017 Grammy Awards because it “feels weird” to accept rap prizes for what he considers a pop song.
The singer won the Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song for his track “Hotline Bling” at the Los Angeles prize-giving on February 12, but Drake isn’t happy with the outcome as he disagrees with the genre the song was placed in.
“I’m apparently a rapper, even though “Hotline Bling” is not a rap song,” Drake said during the OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1.
“The only category they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black. I can’t figure out why,” Drake said. “I won two awards, but I don’t even want them because it just feels weird for some reason. It just doesn’t feel right to me.”
Drake also said he feels like he is being “purposefully” alienated by Grammys organizers who are “making” him win rap awards or trying to “pacify” him by putting him on the shortlist for rap awards because they don’t know how else to categorize him.
The rapper/singer, who conducted the interview the day after the awards ceremony, added he was proud to have made a pop song that was “one of the biggest songs of the year” and although he loves the rap community, he can’t understand why he gets no credit for his pop achievements
The 30-year-old, who said he aspires to be like Michael Jackson, also revealed he had been approached to cancel two of his London concerts so he could attend the ceremony but he turned it down.
The European leg of his Boy Meets World tour began at the end of January and is currently in Dublin, Ireland