December 16th, 2018

Drake picks up seven Grammy nominations, Shawn Mendes gets two nods


By The Canadian Press on December 7, 2018.

FILE- In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo Drake performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A list of nominees in the top categories at the 2019 Grammys, including Kendrick Lamar, who is the leader with eight nominations, were announced Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, by the Recording Academy. Drake, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Greta Van Fleet also scored multiple nominations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

TORONTO – Chart-toppers Drake and Shawn Mendes led the Canadians picking up nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards.

The Toronto rapper pulled in seven nominations, including in the album, record and song of the year categories for work from his 2018 double-album “Scorpion.”

The performer, born Aubrey Graham, was also recognized for his contributions to other rappers’ tracks, including Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” which is up for best rap performance.

Mendes scored two nominations for song of the year for “In My Blood” and best pop vocal album.

Drake’s Toronto-based collaborator Boi-1da was nominated as producer for his body of work this year, which includes songs with Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Beyonce and Jay-Z’s project the Carters.

Noah Shebib, another one of Drake’s producers, is also being recognized with three nominations for his work on songs from the “Scorpion” album.

More to come.

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