Drake and Nicki Minaj, two of the most iconic figures in the music scene, have once again found themselves relatively absent from Grammy nominees list. 

In Summary:

• Drake & Nicki Minaj seem to be missing for the most part of the Grammys nominees list despite their undeniable impact on the music scene.

•Fans speculate that the tow might be snubbed and give their theories as to why.

Drake’s Unequivocal Presence.

Drake, one of the most influential and successful artists of his generation, has consistently dominated the charts and remolded the musical landscape.

Drake at the Billboard music awards/Photo Courtesy

However, the Grammys seemed to overlook his contributions in the latest nomination round, leaving fans and industry insiders questioning the criteria used for selection.

Despite the commercial success of his latest album and several hit singles, Drake’s absence from major categories like Album of the Year and Record of the Year left many scratching their heads.

Some speculate that his refusal to recognise the Grammys during his last Grammys acceptance speech was the reason for his snub.

Drake acceptancing his Grammy for Best Rap Song “God’s Plan” in 2019/Photo Courtesy

During his acceptance speech for best rap song in 2019, 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 home town, if you have people who are spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to your show, you don’t need this right here, I promise you. You already won,” said Drake referring to the Grammy in his hand.

The Rap Queen Denied Her Crown.

Nicki Minaj, a trailblazing force in hip-hop, faced a similar fate as she found herself on the outskirts of Grammy recognition.

Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards/Photo Courtesy

Despite her undeniable impact on the industry and a string of chart-topping hits, Minaj’s name was notably absent from the nominee list. This ongoing trend has been noted by fans over the years leaving specuations of a bias Grammys committee.

Some argue that her exclusion is due to some friction she had earlier on with industry movers during the prime of her career.

Nicki Minaj receives award for Best Rap Song at the 2023 MTV VMA’s/Photo Courtesy

Such behind-the-scenes conflicts could have influenced her nomination consideration to date.

The Grammy Selection Criteria.

The Grammy Awards have long been criticized for their unclear selection process, with accusations of favoritism, genre bias, and political motivations.

The Recording Academy, responsible for the nominations, has defended its methodology, showing a diverse group of industry professionals who participate in the voting process.

Grammys/Photo Courtesy

However, the lack of transparency in the selection process continues to fuel speculation and frustration within the music community.

Calls for reform have grown louder, with artists and fans alike urging the Grammys to reassess their criteria and ensure fair representation for all artists.

The Grammys risk isolating key voices in the industry and losing touch with the pulse of contemporary music if the snubs carry on. Was your favourite artist of the year nominated? Rudi Nyumbani.

November 19, 2023

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