At the center of a monstrous year for music was D.R.A.M, the buoyant hip-hop upstart whose smash hit "Broccoli" featuring Lil Yachty soared to the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before earning one of the biggest accolades of his career: a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance.
“It’s just a blessing man, I feel great,” D.R.A.M gushed to Billboard over the phone about his nod after a studio session. The Virginia-bred rhymer -- who also celebrated "Broccoli" going double platinum just a few months ago -- says that although the news of his nomination is still "building up inside of me," he’s overwhelmed with joy reflecting on the past year.
“At the end of the day, it’s still a privilege to even be considered," D.R.A.M added. When the 2017 Grammy nominees were unveiled on Tuesday morning (Dec. 6), D.R.A.M. (born Shelley Massenburg-Smith) was tucked away in a Brooklyn Airbnb when he received a call from his manager, Tunde.