Drake scooped the award for best rap song at the 61st annual Grammy awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old rapper used his acceptance speech to lash out an the “opinion-based” Recording Academy. Accepting his award, the father-of-one described the body as “a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say”. The Canadian rapper, who has had a ambivalent relationship with the Grammys, was honoured for his hit God’s Plan.
While picking up the gong, Drake appeared to take a swipe at the Academy in charge of voting for the prizes.
“We play in an opinion-based sport, not a fact-based sport,” the In My Feelings hitmaker declared.
“It’s not the NBA where at the end of the year you are holding a trophy because you made the right decision or won the game.”
Also, the musician addressed other rappers in his category, which included Cardi B, Travis Scott and Mac Miller, the hip hop artist who died last year of an accidental overdose.
He continued: “This is where, sometimes, it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say.
“Or a fly Spanish girl from New York, or anybody else, or a brother from Houston.
“But the point, is you have already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your home town… I promise you, you’ve already won.”
Drake was cut off mid-sentence as he tried to add to his statement, as coverage cut away from the singer and the sound of his voice faded.
His win last night was the second time he was honoured with a Grammy award, having won best rap song for his track Hotline Bling in 2017.
Cardi , 26, also took home best rap album for Invasion Of Privacy, beating Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Mac and Travis, 27.
The honour made her the first female solo artist to win the prize since it inception in 1996.
Lauryn Hill won it as part of the Fugees in 1997 for their album The Score.
Accepting the award, the mother-of-one joked her nerves were so bad “maybe I need to start smoking weed”.
During her acceptance speech, the rapper thanked her husband Offset, who stood next to her on stage, as well as their seven-month-old daughter, Kulture.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande published a series of expletive-laden tweets that were soon deleted, including one saying “literal bull****”.
Although it is unclear exactly what the tweets were referring to, social media users speculated that she was upset ex-boyfriend Mac Miller had not won for his album Swimming.