Today, the word irony takes on a completely new meaning after last night’s circle jerk of congratulations, aka The Grammys. Though there were plenty of moments that left the audience in various states of “The fuck is going on here?” one of the biggest moments of the night was when Drake won a Grammy for Best Rap Song then in a stunning plot twist basically told everyone in the audience and at home “Man, these Grammys ain’t shit!”
First of all, Drake wasn’t even supposed to be there. Before the Grammys happened, it was announced that Drake and two other nominated artists, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar, pulled out of the ceremony and were no longer performing. So you can imagine my shock and awe when his Ross Gellar with a beard looking ass magically appeared on my screen to accept the award. I was looking at my TV like “DRAAAAKE?!” But him popping up like some kind of secret character from a video game wasn’t enough. Oh no. According to Vulture Drake came to offer words of encouragement to people without Grammys by telling them they didn’t need Grammys. But here’s the gotcha: he chose to do all of this while he was accepting a damn Grammy.
“I want to let you know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” the rapper said in his acceptance speech for Best Rap Song Sunday night. “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.”
Continued Drake, “This is a business where sometimes 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, my brother Travis [Scott]. 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 home town.”
Concludes the rapper “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’ve already won.”
There must have been chaos galore taking place behind the scenes because even though Drake wasn’t finished speaking the producers cut his mic and immediately went to commercial. And although everyone watching clearly noticed how the producers snatched Drake’s time on stage away from him quicker than wigs on a windy day, they’ve made a statement about what happened. Variety reports that apparently (insert eye roll here) the producers cut Drake off because they thought when he paused during the speech he was done talking. Sure you did.
“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.”
If you listen closely, right before Drake was cut off he clearly says “BUT“, so I’m sure he was about to say something like “BUT, I’m glad I got my Grammy so I wanna Thank Mahbed and My Momma!” Nice try y’all, but we’re not that stupid.
Check out Drake’s awful attempt at inspiring the little people below.