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Drake Slams Grammys After 'Hotline Bling' Victory In Best Rap Song Category

'The only category they fit me in is rap. Maybe because I've rapped before or because I’m black.'

20/02/2017 12:38 GMT

Drake has become the latest star to hit out at the Grammys, amid the ongoing discussion around whether the awards show has a problem with race.

During this year’s ceremony, Drake’s song ‘Hotline Bling’ received two gongs, in the categories of Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

However, he’s pointed out that he doesn’t feel he should have been nominated for either, as he doesn’t even rap on the track.

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Drake, on stage in Leeds earlier this month

Speaking to OVO Radio’s DJ Semtex, Drake remarked: “Even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song... the only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category.

“Maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black, I can’t figure out why... I won two awards – but I don’t even want them because it just feels weird for some reason.”

Drake didn’t attend this year’s Grammys, revealing in the same interview that he turned down an offer to cancel two shows here in the UK so he could make the ceremony.

It was previously suggested he was one of many acts who were deliberately boycotting the Grammys, claiming it wasn’t relevant to modern audiences.

He isn’t the only one of this year’s winners to admit their discomfort with their victory, with Adele saying she “couldn’t possibly accept” her Album Of The Year award, as she felt Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ was the more deserving winner.

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Adele addresses the audience at the Grammys

Grammys President Neil Portnow recently hit back at the suggestion the awards show had a “race problem”, insisting: “Remember, this is a peer-voted award, it’s not a corporate entity – it’s the 14,000 members of the Academy.

“It’s always hard to create objectivity out of something that’s inherently subjective, which is what art and music is about. We do the best we can.”

Watch Drake’s full interview in the video above.

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