Published Oct 26, 2017Though Drake's "playlist" project More Life found critical and commercial success, it reportedly won't be eligible for the 2018 Grammy Awards after the rapper made the choice to forego submitting it.
As the Associated Press reports, a source close to the nomination process, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that Drake's camp did not submit More Life for for Album of the Year or Best Rap Album consideration. The source went further to disclose that none of the project's songs were submitted in other standalone categories.
More Life, which arrived March 18, stands as Drake's seventh consecutive No. 1 album after its debut at the top of the Billboard 200. In our review of the record, we said it "cements a place for genres long-overlooked by mainstream media; dancehall, grime, Afrobeat, house, trap and, of course, rap, and takes Toronto on a world tour to celebrate life."
While we're unsure if the decision was intentional or not, Drake's situation resembles that of Frank Ocean last year, who made the choice to not submit both Blonde and Endless for consideration by the Recording Academy. Ocean ended up hitting out at the show's producers, telling them to "use the old gramophone to actually listen bro."
Representatives for the rapper and the Recording Academy did not respond to AP's requests for comment. The 60th annual Grammy Awards are set to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on January 28.
You can find out where Drake's tracks from More Life placed on our ranking of his 101 best songs.