This Is Why Drake Got Zero Juno Nominations — Again
Published Jan 30, 2019The 2019 Juno Awards announced this year's nominees yesterday (January 29), but despite smashing streaming records all year long with Scorpion, Drake was surprisingly absent from every single category.
As CBC reports, it's simply because the Toronto rapper didn't submit his album for consideration.
"It's unfortunate he chose not to submit, and hopefully, he will come back," president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts, Allan Reid, told CBC.
It marks Drake's second consecutive release not to be submitted to the Junos, as he also withheld 2017's More Life from competition.
Drake has had a rocky relationship with the Junos in the past. He hosted the awards ceremony in 2011, but despite being nominated in six categories that night, he went home without a single award.
His last album to be submitted, VIEWS, was nominated for five awards in 2017, but Drake only went home with an honourary International Achievement Award that year.
Overall, he has only won seven of the 33 Junos he's been nominated for. Drizzy has claimed Best Rap Recording four times, though he's always been shut out in major categories like Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.
Instead, the Canadian rapper has turned his attention to the international stage; he's up for seven Grammy Awards next month.
The Juno Awards ceremony will take place in London, ON, on March 17 at the Budweiser Gardens, and it will be broadcast live on CBC — without Drake.