Drake Shares Message to 'Incredible Artists' Ahead of Grammys, Which He Says 'Don't Dictate S---'

The rapper is up for four awards at Sunday night's show

<p>Prince Williams/Wireimage</p> Drake in December 2022

Prince Williams/Wireimage

Drake in December 2022

Drake is sharing his two cents on the Grammy Awards ahead of the show on Sunday night.

The rapper, 37, reposted a video from Complex of his acceptance speech at the 2019 Grammys, adding a message for all of his peers attending the awards show in Los Angeles.

“All you incredible artists remember this show isn’t the facts it’s just the opinion of a group of people who’s name are kept a secret 🤫😂 (literally you can google it),” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “Congrats to anybody winning anything for hip hop but this show doesn’t dictate s--- in our world.”

In his speech at the 2019 Grammys, as he accepted the award for best rap song for “God’s Plan,” Drake shared a similar sentiment. Complex included it in a roundup post of “iconic Grammys speeches.”

“I wanted to take this opportunity, while I’m up here, to just talk to all the kids who are watching this who are aspiring to do music, all my peers who make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth," he began his speech.

<p>Drake/Instagram</p> Drake calls out the Grammy Awards on his Instagram Story


Drake calls out the Grammy Awards on his Instagram Story

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“I wanna let you know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport," Drake continued. "So it’s not the NBA where at the end of the year you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions or won the games."

"This is a business where, sometimes, you know, it’s up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say, or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else… Or a brother from Houston, right there, my brother Travis [Scott]. But look the point is – you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown, if look — if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and 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.”

The “First Person Shooter” rapper is a five-time Grammy winner himself and is nominated for four awards at Sunday’s show. His 2024 nominations include best rap song and best rap performance for “Rich Flex,” best rap album for Her Loss, his joint album with 21 Savage, and best melodic rap performance for “Spin Bout U.”

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Jason Merritt/Getty Drake in 2013
Jason Merritt/Getty Drake in 2013

In 2020, he once again shared his opinion on the awards show after The Weeknd was not among the nominees for the 2021 Grammys. The singer wrote in a tweet at the time, "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."

Drake took to his Instagram Story afterward to support his friend, writing that the awards show has a "disconnect" from acknowledging "impactful music."

"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," he wrote.

"It's like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can't change their ways," he continued. "The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way."

Drake then added that now is "a great time" for someone to "start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come."

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