Champagne Papi Withdraws His 2022 Grammy Nominations

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It looks like our Certified Lover Boy has an achy heart over his Grammy nominations. In a shocking turn of events, Drake withdrew his name from the ballots for the 2022 Grammy Awards. Here's everything we know so far.

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This year's Grammy nominations were announced in late November, with plenty of our favorite artists landing a chance to take home a golden trophy. From Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo who are up for Song and Record of the Year to Doja Cat who's nominated in a whopping eight categories, it was hardly surprising to see some of this year's biggest hit makers getting recognized.

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Among the long list of famous names was Drake, who the Recording Academy nominated for Best Rap Album for Certified Lover Boy and Best Rap Performance for Way 2 Sexy. And while the ballots were reportedly sent to voting members of the Academy on Monday - meaning that some might've already made their pick - the award-winning rapper has since withdrawn his nomination.

Drake has yet to publicly explain why he decided to remove his name from the ballots, but it's far from the first time the 35-year-old has a bumpy relationship with the Recording Academy. Last year, he took to Instagram to share his belief that the Grammy Awards should be replaced with something else. "This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come," Drake wrote after fellow artists, including The Weeknd, weren't recognized.

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"I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after," Drake passionately wrote. "It's like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can't change their ways." TBH, it's hard to argue with that logic.

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What do you think - should the Grammy's be replaced, or should we give it a much-needed glow-up?