Drake has a strained relationship with the Grammy Awards. As an illustration, he dissed the Grammys onstage at the Grammys in 2019 and he later withdrew his 2022 nominations. Now, he has made gentle of the state of affairs whereas honoring Lil Wayne at a Recording Academy occasion.
Final night time (February 2) was the Recording Academy Honors Offered by the Black Music Collective at Hollywood Palladium, the place Wayne and Missy Elliott got the Dr. Dre World Affect Award. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Drake honored Wayne with a video message, which he began, “Good night, Grammys. Effectively, I haven’t gotten to say that since 2016.”
He continued, “Lil Wayne… I really like you a lot. I do know I most likely get annoying with saying how a lot you imply to me and my household, however I feel I communicate on behalf of all people once I say that our careers, our cadences, our melodies, possibly our face tats or our outfits or our choices on the whole wouldn’t have been the identical with out your pure present to simply be your self.”
Wayne gave a touching speech of his personal, saying partially, “I would like you all to know that I don’t get honored. The place I’m from, New Orleans, you’re not supposed to do that. I walked into my mama’s room once I was 14. She requested me for a child as a result of my dad was killed. And her son had simply blown up and went on his first tour. Once I got here dwelling she mentioned, ‘Son, I can’t reside on this home on my own. We’re going to should determine one thing out.’ “I’d wish to thank Antonia Johnson [his first child’s mother] for reasoning with me and my mother, and my life. I’d wish to thank each single considered one of my youngsters and each single considered one of their moms.”
Deion Sanders additionally honored Wayne with a video message and a pair of Chainz, Swizz Beatz, and Tyga closed the present by performing some Wayne songs.