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Creative Weekly: Drake, Grammy Awards & Cardi B


Creative Weekly: Drake, Grammy Awards & Cardi B

This week’s Creative Weekly: Drake sets new Spotify record, Kendrick Lamar and Drake top 2019 Grammy nominees and Cardi B breaks up with Offset.

Drake Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist Ever

Drake continues to dominate modern music. The Scorpion artist has been crowned Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2018. Drake topped the list globally with 8.2 billion streams, and if for some reason you don’t find the fit impressive, the 6 God is also the most streamed Spotify artist of all time.
His viral hit “God’ plan” was the most streamed record while ”Scorpion” was the most streamed album of 2018. Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin, and Ed Sheeran round out the top 5 list of most streamed artists in the world, according to Spotify’s Wrapped series.
Ariana Grande enters the list as Spotify’s most streamed female artist this year, largely thanks to her smash break up single “Thank You, Next,” which has over 220 million streams.


1. Drake
2. Post Malone
3. XXXTentacion
4. J Balvin
5. Ed Sheeran
1. Ariana Grande
2. Dua Lipa
3. Cardi B
4. Taylor Swift
5. Camila Cabello
1. “God’s Plan” – Drake
2. “SAD!” – XXXTentacion
3. “rockstar” (feat. 21 Savage) – Post Malone
4. “Psycho” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
5. “In My Feelings” – Drake
1. Scorpion – Drake
2. beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone
3. ? – XXXTentacion
4. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
5. ÷ – Ed Sheeran

Kendrick Lamar, Drake Top 2019 Grammy Nominees 

The Nominees for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards have arrived and hip hop is at the forefront. 
Kendrick Lamar leads the pack for the 2019 Grammys thanks to his efforts on the “Black Panther” soundtrack, which he co-created alongside Top Dawg CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith. The Humble rapper is up for nominations in eight categories including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.
Following Kendrick is Drake with seven nods, including ones for Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year. Cardi B who released her debut album “Invasion Of Privacy” this year is up for five nominations.
Folk singer/ songwriter Brandie Carlile is the most nominated female artist with six nominations. JAY Z and Beyoncé receive three nominations for their joint album “Everything Is Love” including Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Music Video.
The late Mac Miller received his first ever Grammy nomination in The Best Rap Album category alongside Pusha T, Drake, Travis Scott, Nipsey Hussle and Cardi B. J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Jay Rock and Royce Da 5’9 are some of the notable names to miss out.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Below is a full list of the nominees in some of the categories we care about. 
Album of the Year:
• Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
• Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You
• Drake – Scorpion
• H.E.R. – H.E.R.
• Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
• Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
• Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
• Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By – Various Artists
Song of the Year:
• Kendrick Lamar & SZA — “All the Stars”
• Ella Mai — “Boo’d Up”
• Drake — “God’s Plan”
• Shawn Mendes — “In My Blood”
• Brandi Carlile — “The Joke”
• Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – “The Middle”
• Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
• Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Record of the Year:
• “I Like It” – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
• “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile
• “This Is America” – Childish Gambino
• “God’s Plan” – Drake
• “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
• “All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar & SZA
• “Rockstar” – Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage
• “The Middle” – Zedd Feat. Marren Morris & Grey
Best New Artist:
• Chloe x Halle
• Luke Combs
• Greta Van Fleet
• H.E.R.
• Dua Lipa
• Margo Price
• Bebe Rexha
• Jorja Smith
Best Rap Album:
• Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
• Mac Miller – SWIMMING
• Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
• Pusha T – DAYTONA
• Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD
Best Rap Song:
• “God’s Plan” – Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
• “King’s Dead” – Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
• “Lucky You” – R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
• “SICKO MODE” – Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)
• “Win” – K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)
Best Rap Performance:
• Cardi B – “Be Careful”
• Drake – “Nice For What”
• Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake – “King’s Dead”
• Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”
• Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee – “SICKO MODE”
Best Rap/Sung Performance:
• Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink – “Like I Do”
• 6LACK Featuring J. Cole _ “Pretty Little Fears”
• Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
• Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All the Stars”
• Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
Best R&B Album:
• Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes
• Leon Bridges – Good Thing
• Lalah Hathaway – Honestly
• H.E.R. – H.E.R.
• PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged (Live)
Best R&B Song:
• “Boo’d Up” – Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
• “Come Through And Chill” – Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
• “Feels Like Summer” – Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
• “Focus” – Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)
• “Long As I Live” – Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton).
Best R&B Performance:
• Toni Braxton – “Long As I Live”
• The Carters – “Summer”
• Lalah Hathaway – “Y O Y”
• H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar – “Best Part”
• PJ Morton – “First Began”
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
• The Carters – Everything Is Love
• Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright
• Chris Dave And The Drumhedz – Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
• Miguel – War & Leisure
• Meshell Ndegeocello – VENTRILOQUISM
Best Music Video:
• The Carters – “APES***”
• Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
• Joyner Lucas – “I’m Not Racist”
• Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
• Tierra Whack – “Mumbo Jumbo”
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical):
• Boi-1da
• Larry Klien
• Linda Perry
• Kanye West
• Pharrell Williams

Full nominations list can be found here.

Cardi B Announces Break Up With Offset

Cardi B on Wednesday (Dec. 5) posted a video on Instagram saying she and her baby father Offset are no longer together.
“I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now,” Cardi says in the clip. “And we’re really good friends and really good business partners, and you know, he’s always somebody that I run to, to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.”
It’s nobody’s fault,” she continued. “It’s just like I guess we grew out of love. But we’re not together anymore.”
The Invasion Of Privacy singer allegedly called it quits with the Migos rapper after texts messages leaked by TMZ show Offset was interested in setting up a ménage à trois with a struggle female rapper named Cuban Doll and another Woman, Summer Bunni.

A large part of the internet feel the supposed break up is a publicity stunt and it may not be far from the truth. Offset’s solo debut is expected to arrive this Friday (Dec. 14) and this could be part of a big scheme to generate some buzz for the yet to be titled project.
The couple who secretly got married in September 2017 plans to remain friends and business partners. “I don’t know it might take time to get a divorce. And I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father,” Cardi said.

A day after Cardi announced her split from offset, the couple shared the first public image of their daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.  She looks so adorable.

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