Drake‘s Grammy Awards acceptance speech seemingly appeared to ruffle several feathers when the 32-year-old rapper was cut-off midsentence and replaced with a commercial break. Causing many to speculate if the incident was indeed an accident, the Recording Academy’s representatives offered an official statement attributing the impromptu commercial break to a natural pause in breath.
“During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte said to Variety. “However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were. But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”
Explaining the issues with award shows misinterpreting and devaluing their art, Drake reiterated that a trophy does not make you a winner.
“If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won,” Drake said while accepting the trophy for Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.”