Rapper pulls out of Grammy contest after rule change throws him out of award consideration

Rapper Drake has withdrawn from contention for a Grammy award, bucking the Recording Academy’s requirement that the category nominate as many recording artists as possible, Billboard reported. His nominated contribution to song “God’s Plan”…

Rapper pulls out of Grammy contest after rule change throws him out of award consideration

Rapper Drake has withdrawn from contention for a Grammy award, bucking the Recording Academy’s requirement that the category nominate as many recording artists as possible, Billboard reported.

His nominated contribution to song “God’s Plan” was based on his income from streaming play of the single. The Recording Academy requires an artist’s total income over a period of time – rather than the current minimum for streaming plays – to determine eligibility.

It’s the first time the Nashville-based Grammys organization has allowed for the amount of streams used in a song’s earnings to determine eligibility. Spotify has applauded the move, believing the move will lead to greater equity in the award consideration process. However, it also means that Drake was ineligible for most of the other awards he could have received this year, and he’s excluded from Grammy consideration for most of his 2017-2018 recording career.

In a statement shared with Billboard, Drake said that his track wasn’t eligible due to the “very recently” rule change.

“If I’m ever going to win a Grammy, this is the year,” Drake said. “I believe in you, The Recording Academy. I believe in music. I hope we’re able to work something out and make this right.”

President of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow had been open to considering allowing the monetary sum of streaming play be added to the algorithm in the future, despite initial concerns from music experts, Billboard reported.

Following Drake’s announcement, the company didn’t pull its endorsements of the decision.

“Thanks to music’s global billion-plus-stream community, the rule was rewritten to allow each artist and label to decide for themselves how best to measure their own contribution to the song and, ultimately, have a more meaningful conversation with the Academy about what exactly makes the contribution,” wrote Claire Poff, Director of Advocacy for Spotify, according to Billboard.

Read the full story at Billboard.

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