A few artists had a very unpleasant experience during the 61st Grammy Awards, that took place last Sunday, in Los Angeles. The television broadcast of the ceremony cut off their acceptance speeches in the middle and the very first case was with Drake, while the rapper was thanking for his “Best Rap Song” award.
In his speech, the canadian said that awards aren’t the best indicators of success. According to him, people who are consuming music online and buying gig tickets are what really matters. If you have that, you’re a true winner. What did the Grammys do? Cut his speech with a song to a TV commercial.
The Grammys production team claims it wasn’t intentional, but really? In an official note released on Monday through Variety magazine, they explained that there was “a natural pause” during Drake’s speech and “producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial. However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were. But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”
However, what about other artists? H.E.R., Dua Lipa and the producers of “This Is America” (“Song Of The Year”) were put through the same situation. Dua Lipa was literally in the middle of her speech when the production turned the music louder, so that she would stop speaking. Coincidence or not, she subtly called out the president of the Recording Academy as soon as she got on stage: “I’m honored to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists this year. I guess this year we really stepped up.” Although there was an effort from the producers to make Dua finish her speech, she kept on speaking. She talked and talked until another TV commercial cut her off.
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