The Recording Academy, the organisation in charge of the annual Grammy awards has given an explanation to why Canadian rapper, Drake was cut off mid-speech while he made a surprise appearance to accept his Best Rap Song award.
The rapper who was not expected to be at the award ceremony shocked the audience when he appeared from under the stage to accept the trophy he won for his smash hit, ‘God’s Plan’.
He went on to make an even shocking speech, shading award establishments like the Grammys.
He said; “the first time in Grammy history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that.” before asking “the kids watching, those aspiring to do music, and all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth” to “know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. It is not the NBA… This is a business where sometimes it is up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say… or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis. You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. If there is 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.”
And then, mid-sentence, the show cut to commercial, leading to a groan in the media room that, according to Variety could probably be heard all the way into the arena, where Drake was presumably still finishing his speech. Coming back to the press room after the segment, presenters Dan and Shay seemed unaware Drake had been cut short. Whether he knew or not, Drake wasn’t in a hurry to leave; he was seen later bopping to a performance by pal Travis Scott.
After the show, a representative for the Grammys clarified that producers did not intentionally cut off Drake but were under the impression that he had finished his speech.
“During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” said Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte. “However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were. But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”