October 28, 2015


Drake’s "Hotline Bling" Not Eligible for 2016 Grammy Awards

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Rick Kern/WireImage

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” has become one of the defining singles of the fall, and the rapper’s highest-charting solo hit since 2009’s “Best I Ever Had.” Drizzy dances a whole lot in the “Bling” music video, and although he might be dancing on the Grammys stage next February, it won’t be for his latest smash.

Sources have confirmed to Fuse that “Hotline Bling” was not submitted for Grammy consideration, and thus won’t be nominated in any of the major (or minor) categories this year. There are other Drake songs that were submitted — perhaps some If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late standouts, like “Energy” or “Know Yourself” — but those songs were not specified.

Although “Hotline Bling” is now a wildly popular song, Team Drake can’t really be blamed for not submitting it to the Grammys board. The song was released in late July, and while the eligibility period for the 2016 awards ended on Sept. 30, the fine print says that the deadline for submissions was actually Aug. 26, 2016. “Hotline Bling” was only a few weeks old and far from ubiquitous at that point, sitting at No. 57 on the Hot 100 chart dated Aug. 29.

Perhaps “Hotline Bling” would not have emerged victorious at the 2016 Grammys even if it had been submitted—out of Drake’s 22 career nominations, he’s only won one Grammy, the 2013 best rap album trophy for Take Care. Drake clearly deserves more Grammy Awards than that! In the meantime, at least he’s still King of Memes.