Drake is putting the two Grammys he won in the Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song categories back in the mail with “Return to Sender” inked on the front. Okay, not literally, but he is throwing shade at the antiquated awards ceremony for pigeonholing him and his winning song “Hotline Bling” into a category they didn’t really fit in.
“I won two awards last night, but I don’t even want them ’cause it just feels weird for some reason. It doesn’t feel right to me,” Drake told the UK’s DJ Semtex in an interview recorded the day after the Grammys. “I feel almost, like, alienated or you’re trying to purposely alienate me by making me win rap [awards] or just pacify me by handing me something, putting me in that category ’cause it’s the only place you can figure out where to put me.”
This is a really good point from the one guy would know best. He doesn’t even rap on Hotline Bling! What were you thinking, Grammys?
It’s either that the Grammys doesn’t understand the genre, or they’re deliberately undermining it. Either way, it’s time to get it together, Grammys. Drake opted to avoid the ceremonies (along with Kanye West and Justin Bieber) because he expected something like this would happen, and he was right.
“The only category that 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,” said the artist.
In fact, Drake identifies more as a pop artist, which makes total sense to anyone who’s listened to his music. “I love the rap world and I love the rap community,” he said in the interview, “but you’re right, I write pop songs for a reason. I want to be like Michael Jackson, I want to be like artists I looked up to,”
We wonder what he’ll do with the unwanted awards. Will he keep them in his trophy room (we’re assuming he’s got one of those)? Will they end up in a thrift store in The 6ix? Um, which one, specifically? Just asking.