Written by Faiza Shaheen, CNN
“Thank you for this amazing night…but . . . unless you have more nominations than Adele and Bruno Mars .”
Drake, the Canadian rapper, posted the message late Saturday night (February 9) via his Instagram account following his announcement that he has now withdrawn from the 60th Grammy Awards running.
“We all make mistakes, I made one huge mistake,” Drake wrote on social media. “I got so excited when the call came I forgot to take a breath. This wasn’t a quick decision, the reality is I let myself fall too far in this and I can’t un-ring the bell.”
Drake told his 14 million Twitter followers on Sunday morning (February 10) that his announcement was not the result of him ever having been nominated.
He added that he will continue to perform, make music and “harness my culture” and “stay above the fray.”
Drake’s surprise decision came just hours after the nominee saw heavy investment on social media by fans, celebrities and artists alike calling for him to return to the field.
It also comes just a day after Adele, the 2012 Grammy winner, tweeted that “Oh my god, Drake! Come back!” after he was named in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category alongside Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Travis Scott for their hit “Nice for What.”
The Grammys have featured several unforgettable memorable moments, including Adele’s stage invasions, Taylor Swift’s dramatic return and Maroon 5’s shirtless performance.
This year’s show will take place in New York on February 10. The awards air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden.