Musicians are taking confidence from Drake championing the significance of local scenes
Cai Trefor
13:45 11th February 2019

Drake has reaped in praise on social media for an 'inspiring' speech that empowers hard working musicians who aren't recognised by The Recording Academy.

The Canadian rapper, real name Aubrey Graham, was at the ceremony - held in Los Angeles last night (10 February) - collecting his award for Best Rap song for 'God's Plan' when he made the comments.

He opened by saying music is like “playing in an opinion-based sport, not a factual based sport.”

“It’s not the NBA where at the end of the year you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions and won the games.

“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.”

He added that an artist has already won if “you have people who are singing your songs word for word” and “if you’re a hero in your hometown.”

You can watch a clip of the speech below:

Drake not holding the Grammys up as a beacon of light and the end goal any musician should aspire to is characteristic of him. He boycotted last year’s Grammys by not submitting anything from his previous release, More Life. And this year he turned down a performance opportunity offered by long time producer of the show Ken Ehrlich.

Of the issue Ken Ehrich told the New York Times: “The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the show. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad."

It seems by making a U-turn and re-entering material and showing up to collect his prize, Drake's not lost sight of his qualms with the Grammys. Instead, he's used the platform to raise awareness of the talent that's overlooked and invigorate independent, local scenes. And having the confidence to say what he truly thinks and risk angering producers, may be a catalyst needed for more hip-hop artists to take home awards in the future.

See some of the praise Drake has reaped below:

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