Muting Rapper Drake’s mic during his acceptance speech at the 2019 Grammys
Drake didn’t have much time to deliver his acceptance speech. This is because the show cut his mic after he took aim at the award show.
The Scorpion artist won best rap song at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for his track “God’s Plan”. He left other talented rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott behind. He thanked his fans and his co-workers for their support while accepting the award. Also, Drake took the chance to slam the Recording Academy, according to Consequence of Sound. “We are in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” Drake told the audience and viewers. “So it’s not the NBA, where, at the year end, you’re holding a trophy since you made the right decisions or won the games.”
Noting that the industry “might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say, or a fly Spanish girl from New York” (via Vox), he added, “The thing is, you’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your country.”
Drake, also known as Aubrey Graham, went on. “Look, if there are people who have regular jobs coming out in the rain or snow, spending money on tickets to your shows, you don’t need this anymore. I promise you, you already won.”
Drake kept on his points with a “But” before the show muting his mic, giving time for the commercial break. Interesting timing, huh?
And obviously, people noticed. Updating this awkward moment, one BuzzFeed News reporter tweeted out. “The whole press room surprised when Drake got cut off from finishing his #GRAMMYs speech. (Intelligently after he said, ‘You don’t need this right here…’ talking about considering a Grammy award as the success.)
What did Grammys representative say about this trouble
A Grammys representative stated that they silenced Drake’s microphone since producers assumed that Drake had done speaking. Simple reason. “During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and the producers did think that he had done. Thus, they cut to commercial,” the rep said in a statement.
The spokesperson marked that, once they realized their mistake, producers offer him to finish his speech, but Drake refused. He also mentioned that after discussing, Drake pleased with his speech and didn’t want to add anything.
Drake, 32, later making the headline moment on Instagram. He uploaded an envelope photo revealing his big Grammys win. Also, he shared, “Too raw for TV,” alongside a television emoji and a tears of joy emoji.
According to The New York Times, Drake refused to perform at the Grammys. Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar also declined to perform at the 2019 award show. This is because of the Grammys’ previous lack of recognition for the hip-hop community. Singer Ariana Grande also turned down the offer to perform at the Grammys. She told that, although she’d at first wished to sing, she refused due to her stifled creativity and self-expression.
Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told the Associated Press that Grande refused because it was too late to pull something together”. Grande hit back, stating, “I offered 3 different songs. It’s about collaboration. It’s about feeling supported. And it’s about art and honesty. Not politics. Not doing favors or playing games. It’s just a game you all… and I’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.”
Many music industry stars, including Gambino, Lamar, and Grande, didn’t even join the Grammys. Among them were celebs like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. As reported by Time, some celebs simply couldn’t make it to the event due to busy schedules. Others were against the Recording Academy for past snubs. Time stated a question, “Do the Grammys need these celebrities or do these celebrities need the Grammys?”
People mainly expected Drake to skip out on the Grammys, as he hasn’t even gone to the awards show since 2013. And after cutting his acceptance speech, we’re not so confident that he’ll want to attend 2020’s show. “Drake will never come back since they cut his speech off. #Grammys.”, shared by Twitter’s user.