2013: Canadian rapper Drake won his first Grammy Award for his 2011 album, Take Care on Feb. 10, 2013. Drizzy took home the award for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual awards show.
After being in the rap game for four years, garnering accolades for his unique R&B influence and style and giving us hit singles like “Best I Ever Had” and “Over,” the 6ix God and Young Money signee finally snagged a golden gramophone for his sophomore studio release. Take Care was a soul-bearing, cohesive album that showed Drake’s emotional side more than any other body of work thus far. Fueled by the soulful singles “Marvin’s Room,” and “Take Care” as well as bangers like “The Motto” and “HYFR,” Drizzy’s Take Care debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 631,000 copies its first week.
In 2013, Drake had already been nominated for twelve Grammys at that point in his career, so the recognition was overdue. Drake beat out Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. Pt. 1, Nas’ Life Is Good, The Roots’ Undun, Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t and 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story to win the honor.
Fast forward three years and Drake is dominating the rap game like no other artist out. With multi-million dollar, never-done-before endorsements, a fashion brand, his own festival and one of the most anticipated albums of 2016, Drake is nominated for four awards heading into the 58th Annual Grammys, including, once again, Best Rap Album for his 2015 project, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. We’ll see if lightning strikes twice come Grammy night.