By Onyinye Ugwu
Yesterday at the 61st Grammy awards, Canadian-born rapper Drake got the award for the Best Rap Song with the smash hit song ‘God’s Plan’ and he had a lot to say as he gave his acceptance speech.
Drake had earlier been rumoured not to attend the show which also saw the likes of his rap colleagues, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino along with Jay Z and Kanye West conspicuously missing.
In his speech, the rapper took more time than expected as he threw ‘shades’ at the award show that generally hasn’t rewarded him with its most highly coveted awards.
“We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” Drake said. “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown.”
“Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending money to buy tickets to your shows, you don’t need this right here,” he went on. “You already won.”
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His speech was then abruptly cut off by the showrunners, who sent the telecast to a commercial break. But he had already said enough to create one of the most talking points of the night.
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