The profound power of music heightens sensation while ultimately touching the heart. Because of its impact, it is easy to say that musicians have very special gifts as they channel their energy into creating art. Art might be very subjective, but audiences are already under the spell of the up-and-coming music sensation Drake. His popularity is rising because of his many achievements throughout his career, which includes the fact that he currently holds the record for the most American Music Award nominations with 13.
Born in Toronto as Aubrey Drake Graham, Drake had his first major break in Degrassi: The Next Generation as a wheelchair-bound basketball player named Jimmy Brooks. After the success of that television series, Drake had his first mix tape in 2006 entitled, “Room for Improvement.” He released his first official album, “Thank Me Later” a few years later. Drake eventually went on to set a record for the most number of hits in the Billboard Hot 100, a record previously held by both The Beatles and Justin Bieber. Between his days on Degrassi and today, Drake has catapulted himself to international stardom with numerous awards and nominations. In fact, he has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Hip-Hop Artist” for four consecutive years between 2011 and 2015. He has also won a MTV Video Music Award in 2014 with Majid Jordan for the music Hip-Hop video called, “Hold On We’re Going Home.” His music has also appeared in numerous films ranging from Project X (2012) to The Hangover Part III (2013). Aside from music and television, Drake has also provided the voice of Ethan in Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012. All of these accomplishments reveal Drake’s versatility as an entertainer.
Currently, Drake has had a great year in 2016. He presented Rihanna the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and also has an on/off relationship with her. His album entitled, “Views” has set an Apple Music record with over 1 billion streams. He also tweeted a 23-minute film known as “Please Forgive Me.” Ironically, it does not seem like audiences would need to forgive Drake because he is now one of today’s most beloved music artists. Even though he is merely 30 years old, Drake is definitely a music star that has a long career ahead of him.