Drake did not submit latest album: Source
Rapper has criticized the awards in past for its choices
Drake’s More Life album won’t earn him more Grammy Awards: The rapper didn’t submit the album for consideration at the 2018 Grammys.
A person close to the nomination process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said the multi-platinum rapper did not submit More Life for album of the year or best rap album. The person also said Drake did not submit any of the songs from the album to categories like song of the year, record of the year or best rap song.
More Life was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Drake has described the album as a mixtape and playlist. The album has sold more than two million units — based off of album sales, singles sales and streams — according to Nielsen Music. The album, which set streaming records when it was released, includes the Top 10 hits Fake Love, Passionfruit and Portland.
Representatives for the rapper and the Recording Academy didn’t reply to emails seeking comment.
Nominees in the 83 Grammy categories will be officially announced on Nov. 28. Drake could earn nominations for songs in which he is the featured guest.
Drake, a three-time Grammy winner, has had a bumpy history with the awards show, even rapping in a song, “I could give two (expletive) ‘bout where the Grammys go.” He didn’t attend this year’s show, despite winning two awards.
Like many in the hip-hop community including Jay-Z and Kanye West, Drake has felt that the Grammys haven’t properly rewarded the genre when it comes to its top categories, where rappers are competing with country, pop and rock performers. A rap tune has never won song of the year or record of the year, and Lauryn Hill and Outkast are the only rap-based acts to win the coveted album of the year prize.
Others, too, have questioned the relevance of the Grammys in recent years. Frank Ocean made a statement when he didn’t submit his album for consideration at the 2017 awards show. Justin Timberlake, who didn’t earn nominations for album, song or record of the year when he made a major comeback in 2013, skipped the 2014 show.
Drake could still earn Grammy nominations for songs in which he is the featured guest.
Canadian-born composer/ producer David Foster