D.R.A.M. had the whole world singing about (metaphorical) broccoli in 2016, and now the breakthrough hit could earn the rapper his first Grammy. While the artist born Shelley Massenburg-Smith is clearly thrilled to even be nominated among the likes of Drake, Kanye West and Beyonce, taking home a statue at music’s biggest night would be a serious game-changer.
“Winning a Grammy would mean the world to me because music is my life. I wake up, go to sleep, everything in between — music,” D.R.A.M. says in a video, part of Billboard’s new Grammy video series. “That’s the highest honor.”
Although D.R.A.M. declared that “Broccoli” — which is up for best rap/sung performance — is “unconventional,” he had no problem admitting it’s also an “outright hit.” So when he got the news that The Recording Academy agreed and gave him a nomination, of course he had to commemorate it properly.
“I celebrated the nomination by getting with the guys, got a big dinner, went out, you know what I’m sayin’?” In case you don’t know what he’s saying, he elaborated with a smirk: “Got wasted.”
As far as his peers who were also fortunate enough to receive a nomination, D.R.A.M. is most eager to see his buddy Chance the Rapper take home at least one of the seven awards he’s nominated for (which happens to include the Kanye “Ultralight Beam” collaboration that’s competing against “Broccoli”). “Really rooting for that guy, he’s the best of bros.”
The Grammys will air live Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.