In silencing Drake, the Grammys continue to have a problem with rap

The official line from the academy itself seems to have shifted from denial – “I don’t think there’s a race problem at all,” offered Portnow, when even Adele wondered aloud why her album had beat Beyoncé’s Lemonade for the 2017 album of the year – to a kind of admission: “We continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” said Ken Ehrlich, show’s producer, when questioned about Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino’s refusal to perform. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”

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