Drake’s tempestuous relationship with the Grammy Awards will be tested once again on Sunday as he heads into music’s biggest night with seven nominations.
The Toronto rapper is this year’s most-nominated Canadian artist by far, and he’s a single accolade short of leading contender Kendrick Lamar.
Still, it remains uncertain if Drake will show up to collect his potential wins, especially since he didn’t agree to perform on the broadcast, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Citytv and CBS.
Drake has demonstrated little interest in appealing to Grammy voters since becoming a powerhouse on the music charts. Over his decade-long career he’s won only three of the golden statuettes despite a staggering 35 nominations — not counting the ones he’ll compete for this year.
He boycotted the Grammys last year by choosing not to submit his previous album More Life, although his 2018 double-album Scorpion was entered for consideration.
In two categories, Drake competes with himself this year. The song God’s Plan is vying for best rap performance against Travis Scott’s Sicko Mode, a track where Drake appears as a guest. He’s also nominated twice in the rap song category, where God’s Plan and Sicko Mode are among the contenders.
David Friend | The Canadian Press