“That song is a real honest song. It connected with a lot of women — my moms likes it. For it to be Grammy-nominated is an honor, man. It’s always good when the words in your music are something that you live by and you get to hear it every day on the radio and you’re not ashamed of it. It’s all moments I need to cherish and observe.”
-Rapper Drake, speaking to MTV News’ Sway at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (January 31) about the nominations he received for his breakout hit “Best I Ever Had.” (Sadly, Drake didn’t come away with any hardware — he was beaten by Jay-Z in both the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance categories.) As Quentin Tarantino noted during his introduction of the hip-hop performance that saw Lil Wayne, Eminem and Travis Barker also grace the stage, Drake has already scored some exceptional musical accomplishments despite not having released a real album yet (the nominated track came from his much-buzzed-about mixtape So Far Gone).
As far as that album is concerned, he may need the So Far Gone buzz to keep going a little while longer. Though his proper full-length debut Thank Me Later was rumored to be coming out in March, the rapper says he is still tweaking some major details. “I got a couple more things,” he told Sway. “Me and Em talked about something today. We might need that to happen.” Though he didn’t win any awards, Drake managed to provide one of the evening’s highlights when he tore through “Forever” with the assistance of Em, Weezy and Barker.