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To say Drake owned 2016 is an understatement. The 30-year-old (born Aubrey Graham) had a magical run ignited by his multi-platinum album Views.
Powered by the overwhelming success of his Caribbean infused singles “One Dance” featuring Wiz Kid & Kyla and “Controlla”, Drake segued from a prime-time hip hop star into a mainstream phenomenon. See how the Canadian star cruised past the competition with his epic rise in 2016.
March 5 – Rihanna & Drake’s “Work” Goes No. 1
Riri and Drake flaunted their steamy chemistry when they teamed up for her infectious single “Work.” The duo skated their way to the top of the Hot 100 charts and landed their second no. 1 single together.
May 8 – Drake Releases His Fourth Album Views; Debuts No. 1
Views shattered expectations by selling a whopping 1.04 million copies during its opening week. The album sold well traditionally and pushed over 852,000 copies. Views marked Drake’s 6th consecutive No. 1 album of his career.
May 9 – Drake Earns First No. 1 Record As a Lead Artist With “One Dance”
In the beginning of May, Drizzy’s “One Dance” ousted Desiigner’s “Panda” from the top spot. For him, he earned his first no. 1 record as a lead artist on Billboard’s Hot 100. Prior to that, “Hotline Bling” and “Best I Ever Had” were Drake’s highest charting singles, both peaking at No. 2.
May 14 – Drake Hosts Saturday Night Live
For the second time in his career, Drake hosted SNL. His versatility was on full display, as he not only participated in skits including “Drake’s Beef” and “Office Boss Drake”, but he also graced the stage twice to perform “One Dance” and “Hype.”
May 19 – Drake Earns 9 Nominations for the 2016 BET Awards
After scoring his first chart-topping record with “One Dance”, BET unveiled the nominations for their annual awards show. Continuing his wave of success, Drake trumped his peers with nine nods. Ultimately, he ended up walking away with three awards including “Best Group” with Future, “Best Male Hip Hop Artist”, and “Best Collaboration” for Rihanna’s “Work.”
July 20 – Drake Kicks Off His “Summer Sixteen Tour” With Future
In route to smashing every possible record in sight with his momentous project, Views, Drake gallivanted all across the country on his 54-city trek with Future.
September 15 – DJ Khaled & Drake’s Collaboration “For Free” Goes Platinum
Drake reign continued when he and DJ Khaled earned a platinum plaque for their summer smash “For Free.”
Oct. 18 – “One Dance” Becomes Spotify’s Most Streamed Song Ever
By clocking in over 882 million times, Drake nabbed himself the record for having the most streamed song on Spotify. He dethroned Major Lazer, MØ, & DJ Snake’s “Lean On”, which previously had 875 million plays.
Oct. 23 – Drake Announces More Life
Fired up by the success of Views and his “Summer Sixteen Tour”, Drake revealed his intentions to release his new project titled More Life. To get the ball rolling, he released four new tracks including “Fake Love”, “Sneakin’ featuring 21 Savage, “Two Birds, One Stone”, and Dave’s “Wanna Know (Remix).” The project is slated to be out early 2017.
Nov. 19 – Drake Shatters Michael Jackson’s Record of 13 AMA Nominations; Takes Home Four Awards
The accolades continued piling up for Drake when he surpassed Michael Jackson for receiving the most AMA nominations with 13 this year. He won in major categories including Favorite Rap / Hip Hop Album and Favorite Rap / Hip Hop artist.
Dec. 1 – Spotify Names Drake the Most Streamed Artist of 2016
Drake pulled a major feat when he went back to back and was named Spotify’s most streamed artist in 2015 and 2016. This year, he hauled in 4.7 billion streams, demolishing his previous record of 2 billion streams set last year. Views was also the most streamed album of the year earning 2.45 billion streams.
Dec. 5 – Views Goes Quadruple Platinum
Eight months after releasing Views, Drake’s landmark album pushed its way to quadruple platinum status. For the second time in his career, he accomplished such a feat, with his 2011 release Take Care serving as the other album to do so. Views was certified double platinum June 9 and triple platinum Aug. 3.
Dec. 6 – Drake Receives Eight Nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards
Drake joined the likes of Rihanna and Kanye West for notching the second most nominations for next year’s award ceremonies, trailing Beyonce’s 9 nods.
Dec. 10 – Drake Opens His Third OVO Flagship Store in New York City
Earlier this month, Drake launched his third OVO flagship store in the Big Apple. After successfully opening stores in Toronto (2014) and L.A. (2015), Drake expanded his OVO reach to the east coast with his latest power move.
Dec. 27 – Drake Ties Lil Wayne For Most Hot 100 Hits Among Soloists
The prodigal son of Toronto tied his mentor Lil Wayne for the most Hot 100 hits, after his collaboration with Gucci Mane “Both”, entered the charts at No. 41. Currently, Drake is sitting comfortably at the No. 2 spot with 132 entries in the Hot