Drake keeps More Life away from the Grammys.
More Life will not be considered for any nominations at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Drake has not submitted the playlist for Grammy consideration.
More Life released March 18, moved 505,000 equivalent album units during it’s first week of release, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200. According to AP, a person close to the nomination process stated that not only was More Life not submitted as a complete body of work, but, “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.”
This may not come as a surprise for many, as the rapper decided to skip last year’s ceremony all together even though he was nominated (and won). Drake joins Frank Ocean in keeping a notable album out of the Grammy’s hands in recent memory. Last year Frank Ocean made headlines by refusing to submit his highly acclaimed sophomore album, Blonde.
Artists and The Grammys
Multiple artists have been vocal about feeling that the Grammys no longer “represent the values of younger music listeners” and have also decided to skip out on the ceremony. These artists include Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. It is also worth noting that a rap album or song have never won song or record of the year. Lauryn Hill and Outkast are the only rap-based ensembles to win album of the year. We may see a change this year as Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” is a front runner in many categories, including best rap album. (Which is also why Drake may have chosen to sit this one out). Other contenders for best rap album include Jay-Z (4:44), Migos (Culture), DJ Kaheld (Grateful), and J.Cole (4 Your Eyez Only).
The 60th annual Grammy Awards are set to air at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Jan. 28, 2018. Songs and albums released between Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2017 are eligible for nominations.