Drake Used His Grammy Acceptance Speech to Question the Importance of the Grammys

At Sunday night’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Drake — who was largely expected to sit this one out, as he has done for the last several years — surprised viewers by showing up to accept the Grammy for Best Rap Song for his smash hit “God’s Plan.” But it was his acceptance speech that stole the show, as the Canadian rapper took his time onstage to rebuke the musical establishment and send a shout-out to artists who may not be receiving recognition from organizations like the Recording Academy.

“We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” Drake said. “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 might have to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York.” He continued: “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 that. You already won.” And then, although it seemed that Drake had more to say, he was cut off both on the telecast and live in the theater.

Drake has been nominated for dozens of Grammys in his rap career, but has only won four, including this year’s prize. The last time he attended the Grammys was back in 2013. His album Scorpion is also nominated for Album of the Year. And although he did end up dropping by this year’s ceremony, he reportedly declined to take on a performance slot.


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Sandra Oh thanked someone pretty surprising in her SAGS acceptance speech

We love you, Sandra

It was a win for Sandra Oh at the SAG Awards 2019 last night as she took home ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series’ for her part in Killing Eve.

The star beat out Robin Wright (House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Julia Garner (Ozark) and Laura Linney (Ozark) to claim the award for her role as MI5 officer Eve Polastri.

Naturally Sandra gave an extremely impassioned acceptance speech, taking the opportunity to thank the cast of Killing Eve and her mentor, Kim Gillingham, as well as her acting peers who had supported her over the years.

‘I just so want to thank my fellow actors; I have felt your support so tremendously the last years,’ she began. ‘I want to thank Alfre Woodard, in 1997 – she’s never going to remember this, [but] she whispers in my ear – “I’m so proud of you up there. We fight the same fight.”

‘Jamie Foxx in 2006 pulled me aside and said, “Keep going.” And in 2017, Lena Waithe, she just embraced me and said, “You already won. It’s in the work.” So thank you to my fellow actors. Thank you so much.’

This marks Sandra’s fourth SAG award having previously picked up awards for her work in Sideways and Grey’s Anatomy.

Roll on Killing Eve series 2, we say…

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