Drake feels 'alienated' from Grammys
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 February 2017
Drake says he feels "alienated" from the Grammy awards, despite having picked up two gongs this year
Drake feels "alienated" from the Grammy awards, despite having picked up two gongs this year.
The 30-year-old musician took home the awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance both for his hit single 'Hotline Bling' at the glitzy ceremony earlier this month, but has now said he "doesn't even want them" because he says the track "is not a rap song" and believes he was only put into the rap category because of the colour of his skin.
He said: "I am referred to as a black artist. I'm a black artist... I'm apparently a rapper, even though 'Hotline Bling' is not a rap song. The only category they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I've rapped in the past or because I'm black. I can't figure out why."
And the 'One Dance' hitmaker says his wins feel "weird", as he believes he should have been placed in the pop category instead, and says he "never gets any credit" for writing pop songs.
Speaking on his OVO Sound radio show on Apple Music, Drake said: "There's pop obligations they have, and I flunked out. I flunked out and got one of the biggest songs of the year that is a pop song and I'm proud of that. I love the rap world and I love the rap community.
"I write pop songs for a reason. I want to be like Michael Jackson. I want to be like artists that I looked up to. Those are pop songs, but I never get any credit for that.
"By the way, I'm speaking to you as a winner. I won two awards, but I don't even want them because it just feels weird for some reason. It just doesn't feel right to me. I feel almost alienated, or like they're trying to purposely alienate me by making me win rap awards or pacify me by handing me something and putting me in that category because it's the only place where you can figure out where to put me."