News: Drake Gives Up Grammy Dream, "The One That Really Got To Me Was When I Lost To 'D.O.A.' For 'Best I Ever Had'"
Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 8:57AM
Young Money star Drake recently opened up about his current feeling toward the annual Grammy Awards ceremony and why he has finally given up hope on trying to win a gold trophy.
In Drizzy's eyes, he no longer weighs the importance of a Grammy award as he once did.
"I've always been fascinated with the Grammys, so I don't mean disrespect when I say this, but I've kind of given up on them. If I ever get one, or when I get one, I'll be ecstatic, because that's a recurring dream I've had since I was a kid: That my mother's still alive and that I'm onstage accepting a Grammy, and I get to thank her on that stage. But it's tough. They can never really break their mold." (Billboard)
He also admitted losing to Jay-Z's 2009 "Death of Auto-tune" anthem hurt him the most a couple years ago.
"Forget last year, because when I read up on the young lady that won, she did some incredible things. And if we're talking numbers, nobody's really achieved what Justin Bieber achieved as far as the earnings and just worldwide . . . he deserved it as well. But the one that really got to me was when I lost to "D.O.A." for "Best I Ever Had." That one to me was, like, really? Not to say that Jay-Z isn't the most incredible rapper and that "D.O.A." wasn't a good song. I just felt like they had an option to give me a Grammy for a mixtape, and they just didn't do it [laughs]. Because it goes against the grain of everything that is traditional. I don't measure my success anymore by the Grammys. I can't because I'll just end up crushed. And, not to be offensive, I just feel it's political. Would I love to win a Grammy? Sure. Will I win one after that comment? Probably not." (Billboard)
In March, G-Unit leader 50 Cent said he felt Drizzy should have received "Best New Artist" at last year's Grammy Awards.
"I think Drake got robbed," 50 said referring to the loss. "He should have got "Artist of the Year" last year [laughs], to be real with you... He did a lot, man. I don't believe that Drake would have been as successful or his project would have been as successful if Lil Wayne was home [from jail]. That point where Wayne had to sit down provided a complete focus on Drake." (VIBE)
In late 2010, the Canadian-bred emcee reacted to having four Grammy nods.
"To get any type of Grammy accolade or anything, it's cliche but it's a dream come true in the literal sense, that thing you have between sleeping and waking up. That time spent I used to think about being on the stage and being able to thank the people that have done so much for me in my life. And I remember the first time I went to the Grammy Awards and I looked at the set up of it at The Kodak Theater and it was like man, this is very similar to the dream I've been having since the 'Degrassi' days. I've been having this dream, I never knew where it was and it never really specified what the award was, but I knew it was a night I could let the people know--the people in my life know--how much they have done with me. To have four opportunities to have that chance is incredible." (Global Grind)
Check out some recent Drake footage below: