Canadians Drake and Mendes up for awards at the Grammys
Drake's tempestuous relationship with the Grammy Awards will be tested once again on Sunday as he heads into music's biggest night with seven nominations.
The Toronto rapper is this year's most-nominated Canadian artist by far, and he's a single accolade short of leading contender Kendrick Lamar.
Still, it remains uncertain if Drake will show up to collect his potential wins, especially since he didn't agree to perform on the broadcast, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Citytv and CBS.
Drake has demonstrated little interest in appealing to Grammy voters since becoming a powerhouse on the music charts. Over his decade-long career he's won only three of the golden statuettes despite a staggering 35 nominations _ not counting the ones he'll compete for this year.
He boycotted the Grammys last year by choosing not to submit his previous album ``More Life,'' although his 2018 double-album ``Scorpion'' was entered for consideration.
In two categories, Drake competes with himself this year. The song ``God's Plan'' is vying for best rap performance against Travis Scott's ``Sicko Mode,'' a track where Drake appears as a guest. He's also nominated twice in the rap song category, where ``God's Plan'' and ``Sicko Mode'' are among the contenders.
Other Canadian musicians could grab some attention too, including best new artist winner Alessia Cara who's slated to appear as a presenter.
Shawn Mendes is booked as a performer and will compete for the first Grammys of his career. He's up for song of the year with ``In My Blood'' and best pop vocal album. Songwriter Geoffrey Warburton, who hails from Mendes' hometown of Pickering, Ont., shares the ``In My Blood'' nomination.
Most of the awards will be handed out at the Grammys ``premiere ceremony,'' streamed online Sunday afternoon before the telecast.