Drake walked away with two Grammy awards last weekend for “Best Rap/Sung Performance” and “Best Rap Song” for “Hotline Bling.” However, the 6 God revealed that the Twittersphere was not the only one confused by his wins in these categories at the 59th annual music event.
“Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song…the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category,” he said to DJ Semtex on the OVO Sound radio show, which was recorded the day after his wins (Feb. 13). “Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why. Just like I can’t figure out why ‘One Dance’ wasn’t nominated.”
He then went on to discuss his belief that the Grammys doesn’t know where to place black artists who are changing the game, so they’re relegated to urban categories.
“I love the rap world and I love the rap community, but you’re right. I write pop songs for a reason,” he said. “I wanna be like Michael Jackson. I wanna be like artists that I’ve looked up to. Those are pop songs, but I never get any credit for that…I won two awards last night, but I don’t even want them, because it feels weird for some reason. It just doesn’t feel right to me…[they want to] pacify me by handing me something, putting me in that category, because it’s the only place you can figure out where to put me.”
Drake turned down the invitation to come to the awards so that he could stay in London for his Boy Meets World tour. However, he doesn’t think he was missing much since he believes the Grammys aren’t a true testament to an artist’s greatness.
“We’ve been conditioned to think that this is the true award for our accomplishments,” he said. “All I’m saying is, to kids that will be coming up in the future that might not get championed: that’s okay, too. You’re dealing with a bunch of people that are just people, at the end of the day.”
Listen to the full interview below. His Grammy comments can be heard around the 23:46 mark.