Drake did not sub­mit lat­est al­bum: Source

Rap­per has crit­i­cized the awards in past for its choices

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - MUSIC - The as­sO­ci­ated press

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.

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Drake could still earn Grammy nom­i­na­tions for songs in which he is the fea­tured guest.

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Cana­dian-born com­poser/ pro­ducer David Fos­ter

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