Drake got cut off mid-speech as he picked up his trophy for best rap song for God’s Plan.
This interruption happened right after a pause and saying “But…” leading viewers to speculate whether the producers deliberately interjected since he was making slight digs at the idea of awards shows.
Some even wondered whether the producers just figured that he was finished.
In his speech, the rapper mentions: “The first time in Grammy history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that.”
“The kids watching, those aspiring to do music, and all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth” to “know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport.
It is not the NBA… This is a business where sometimes it is up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say… or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis.
You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word if you are a hero in your hometown.
If there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows.
You don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.”
Mid-sentence, the show cut to an advertisement.
Post the event, a representative for the Grammys clarified that producers did not intentionally cut off Drake but were under the impression that he had finished his speech.
“During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” says Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte.
“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.”
Winners of the Grammys 2019:
Alicia Keys hosted the Grammys for the first time last night and the event was attended by the biggest names in music.
There was a surprise visit from the former first lady Michelle Obama who said:
“Music helps us share ourselves… It allows us to hear one another.”
Best R&B Album
H.E.R. – H.E.R.
Best Country Album
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Album of the Year
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Record of the Year
This is America – Childish Gambino
Song of the Year
This is America – Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) – Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album
Sweetener – Ariana Grande
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Best Rap Album
Invasion of Privacy – Cardi B
Best Rap Song
God’s Plan – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
Best Country Song
Space Cowboy – Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Best R&B performance
Best Part – H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
Congratulations to all the winners.