News: Drake Lights Up Over Mission Accomplished

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 1:45PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Young Money rapper Drake has shared his reaction to being nominated for four 2011 Grammy Awards and how this achievement has been his dream realized.

Drake said he has envisioned winning a Grammy since his teenage years.

"To get any type of Grammy accolade or anything, it's cliche but it's a dream come true in the literal sense, that thing you have between sleeping and waking up. That time spent I used to think about being on the stage and being able to thank the people that have done so much for me in my life. And I remember the first time I went to the Grammy Awards and I looked at the set up of it at The Kodak Theater and it was like man, this is very similar to the dream I've been having since the 'Degrassi' days. I've been having this dream, I never knew where it was and it never really specified what the award was, but I knew it was a night I could let the people know--the people in my life know--how much they have done with me. To have four opportunities to have that chance is incredible." (Global Grind)

The rapper/singer's Grammy nominations were announced earlier this week.

Drake earned four nods as nominations were announced Wednesday night in a prime-time special from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Drake scored two Grammy nominations last year, prior to the release of his platinum-selling debut, Thank Me Later (which earned a nomination for best rap album on Wednesday). But the 24-year-old was still eligible for best new artist thanks to a change in requirements that allowed previous nominees to be nominated for the award as long as they didn't win. (The Globe & Mail)

Rapper Eminem leads this year's 53rd Annual awards ceremony.

The rapper also known as Marshall Mathers received 10 total nominations including categories like Album of the Year for his CD Recovery, and Record and Song of the Year for "Love the Way You Lie," his number one hit with Rihanna. Eminem was also well-represented in the rap categories, receiving additional nominations for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and more. (WTMA News)

Pop star Bruno Mars followed closely behind with seven nominations.

Bruno Mars received the second-most nominations this year, with seven. Among his nods were in the categories of Record of the Year for his hit with B.o.B, "Nothin' on You," Song of the Year, for co-writing Cee-Lo Green's viral hit "Forget You," and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z all received six nominations each. Jay-Z's collaboration with Alicia Keys on "Empire State of Mind" earned him a nod in the Record of the Year category, while Lady Gaga was nominated in the Album of the Year category for The Fame Monster. Lady Antebellum were present in both the pop and country categories, including Record and Song of the Year for "Need You Now." (ABC News Radio)
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 and will broadcast live on CBS at 8PM ET/PT.

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