is going up against Ariana Grande
, Dua Lipa
, Post Malone
and Camila Cabello
for the Best Artist award at the 2018 EMA. When he released his fifth studio album, Scorpion
, this summer, Drake reminded us why his music is some of the most-loved around the world.
So is Drake the best artist of the year? Here are ten reasons he might be.
1. Drake released his bop-heavy album, Scorpion
, just in time to become THE soundtrack of the summer. From "Nice For What" to "I'm Upset" to "In My Feelings" to "God's Plan," Scorpion
kept the summer vibes strong.
via GIPHY2. Scorpion
is an example of genius music sampling. It's got Aaliyah on "Is There More," Mariah Carey on "Emotionless," Lauryn Hill on "Nice For What," Nicki Minaj on "That's What You Feel," and Boyz II Men on "March 14."
3. "In My Feelings" was such a big hit that it sparked an international dance craze, the #KikiChallenge, which made people do truly crazy things.
4. Drake amazingly used his "God's Plan" video as an opportunity to give away a million dollars to people. In an Instagram post
he described the video as "the most important thing I have ever done in my career."
5. He proved, once and for all, that everyone loves their bed and their mama.
6. Drake's tea sipping in the "Nonstop" video made us LOL for days.
7. In August, Drake became the first artist to be streamed over 50 billion times across all streaming platforms.
8. Just when his "Hotline Bling" dance moves began to fade out of sight, Drake hit us with more endearing moves in the "Look Alive" video
9. Drake gets vulnerable about being a father on tracks like "Emotionless" and "March 14." The tracks prove he can be honest and open in his art even when dealing with the most sensitive of issues.
10. Drake surprised everyone by featuring Michael Jackson on "Don't Matter To Me." The track perfectly showcases MJ's vocals from 1983.Let us know why you think Drake is this year's best artist. Send us your responses on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @mtvema.