For his record-breaking, monster 2016 campaign, Drake was nominated for eight GRAMMY awards, but the undisputed most popular artist on the planet might not be present to potentially collect a handful of golden-plated gramophones.
According to TMZ, Drake—along with Justin Bieber and Kanye West—has no plans to attend the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
While their "report" doesn't directly quote an anonymous source, the explanation offered as to why all three artists would choose to skip the event is a belief that the GRAMMYs are no longer "relevant or representative, in particular to young singers."
More than likely, however, the real reason why Drake won't be in attendance is because he's currently in Europe for his Boy Meets World tour and on February 12, he's scheduled to perform the second night of back-to-back shows at Manchester's Manchester Arena.
For those wondering if Drake could hop on a private jet after his show in England and make it to Los Angeles in time for the ceremony, between the time difference (eight hours) and the flight time (10 hours, 40 minutes), it would be a logistical nightmare.
Three major acts, all nominated for multiple awards, deciding to play hookie during "music's biggest night" comes on the heels of Frank Ocean admitting that he never submitted either of his 2016 albums (Endless or Blonde) for GRAMMY consideration, citing the award show's history of slighting black artists for top honors and a dated nomination and screening system.
All three artists could have a change of heart between now and February 12, but in the meantime, you might just want to keep your Sunday night open. Unless, of course, you're looking forward to Lil Yachty taking home a GRAMMY before Nas?
By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.