Drake’s moment of Grammys glory didn’t exactly go as planned.
On Sunday night, Drake won best rap song for “God’s Plan,” and shocked fans by actually appearing to accept his Grammy award.
A bit of history: Drake hasn’t attended a Grammys show since 2013. He’s been a noted critic of the awards show, in the past citing rap being shut out of major categories. But this year Drake was nominated for seven Grammys in major categories including album of the year for “Scorpion” and song and record of the year for “God’s Plan.”.
On Sunday night he won, and Drake made a surprise appearance for the occasion. Accepting his Grammy, the rapper began an impassioned speech, aiming it to kids aspiring to make music and his category-mates who didn’t win.
“We play an opinion based sport, not a factual based sport,” Drake said. “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 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. But – “.
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That’s when producers swiftly went to commercial, cutting off the rest of Drake’s “we don’t actually need these prizes” speech. Twitter immediately had memes.
After the show, a person familiar with the situation, but not authorized to speak publicly about it, told USA TODAY producers spoke with Drake immediately following his acceptance speech and offered him the opportunity to complete his speech. Drake declined and said he had finished.
Reps for Drake did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Backstage, reporters asked presenters Dan + Shay what Drake said when producers cut him off. The country duo nicely dodged the question.
“That was an amazing honor to present best rap song at the Grammys,” said Dan Smyers. “We were kind of star struck when we met Drake. Hopefully my wife got a picture of that. Congratulations to Drake on his win.”.
Contributing: Maeve McDermott.