Kanye West & Drake Reportedly Planning To Skip 2017 Grammy Awards
(AllHipHop News) TMZ reports Kanye West and Drake are likely to miss the event scheduled for February 7.
Drake is currently on tour in Europe, but his absence could be connected to another reason.
The entertainment website suggests the two nominated rappers, as well as Pop star Justin Bieber, are skipping the Grammys because they believe the awards are “out of touch” and “irrelevant.”
Kanye has been very open about his criticism of the Grammys.
Last October, the Chicago native threatened to boycott the awards if Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Endless albums were not nominated.
Neither album received nominations because Ocean did not submit them for consideration.
In addition, Kanye complained when Beck’s Morning Phase won the 2015 Album of the Year trophy over Beyoncé’s self-titled LP.
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t finna play with them no more,” said Kanye at the time. “And Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.”
Kanye later apologized for his comments.
Drake has also expressed his apathy for the Grammys.
The OVO founder created his own “Hood Grammys” in 2014.
Both Kanye and Drake are up for several awards in the Rap categories at the 59th Grammy Awards.
Drake’s Views is among the projects competing for Album of the Year as well.