Drake and Kendrick Lamar will go head-to-head in the upcoming Billboard Music Awards 2016 – well at least their respective albums.
Both Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and his collaborative album with Future, “What A Time To Be Alive,” and Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly” are all nominated for Top Rap Album. Other nominees are Dr Dre’s “Compton” and Meek Mill’s hit “Dreams Worth More Than Money”
According to Design N Trend, Drake has an extra edge of winning against Lamar since the Canadian singer has two nominations in one category.
Drake’s “What A Time To Be Alive” debuted at No. 1 and became a platinum hit because of streams. Drizzy recently-released album, “Views from the 6,” is also expected to be received several nods from award-giving bodies. The album has broke several records and even dethroned Adele’s “Hello” for the most played single in a week in the UK after his track “One Dance” climbed to more than 7 million plays in seven days.
Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly,” on the other hand, has gone platinum and it also broke a Spotify first-day streaming record, being streamed 9.6 million times on its first day. By March 2016, “To Pimp A Butterfly” had sold 850,000 copies in the United States alone, Design N Trend noted.
The album also gave Lamar five Grammy awards. During the event, Lamar delivered a legendary performance of “The Blacker The Berry” and “Alright”, which paved the album as one of the most significant works in modern hip-hop.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards airs on ABC on Sunday (May 22) at 8 p.m. ET from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Canadian singer is nominated twice for video of the year with “Hotline Bling” and “Work” with Rihanna.