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Here’s the full transcription for Drake’s “cut off” Grammy speech

According to the Grammys, they cut his speech after a "natural pause" but we have another conclusion.

February 11, 2019

Last night, Jimmy from Degrassi continued his decade-long glow-up by taking home some Grammy hardware for “God’s Plan,” which won the award for “Rap Song of the Year.” In his typical Drakian flair for the dramatic, the rapper emerged from underneath the stage to deliver a speech designed to inspire the next generation of up-and-comers—and, seemingly, pissed off the Grammy’s in the process.

Though Grammy officials have claimed the incident to be an accident there was a moment during the musician’s speech when he really dug into the futility of awards and how they may or may not get in the way of true artistic momentum, only for his speech to be suspiciously cut off as the ceremony went to commercial. Slip-up or subtweet, read the entirety of Drake’s speech below – or at least what he was allowed to say.

Man, um. It’s like the first time in Grammy’s history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that, that’s really nice. Um, I definitely did not think I was winning anything, my brothers here.
I wanna take this opportunity while I’m up here to just talk to all the kids that are watching this that are aspiring to do music, all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth: I wanna let you know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport, so its not the NBA where at the end of the year you’re holding a trophy because you made the right decisions and won the games.
This is a business where sometimes, you know, it’s up to a bunch of people that might not understand, you know, what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say, or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else, or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis. But look, the point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. If, look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and 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.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source from the Grammys explained that the producers thought that Drake’s natural pause was the end of the speech. “Since it seemed as if he had more to say, Grammy producers spoke with Drake immediately following his acceptance speech and offered him the opportunity to complete his speech. Drake stated that he was actually finished with his speech and happy.”

We may never truly know what Drake planned to say had that fateful cut-to-commercial not gotten in his way,  but a backstage message immediately following his Grammy win suggests that it may have included a plea to Toronto Mayor John Tory to Drake-ify the CN Tower in honour of his win:

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