5 Things to Know About Grammy-Nominated Best New Artist Drake

5 Things to Know About Grammy-Nominated Best New Artist Drake

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Aubrey Drake Graham – better known as just Drake, went from being a locally-known Canadian actor on high school drama Degrassi to teaming up with the biggest names in hip-hop professionally (Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne – just to name a few), not to mention romantically. (Remember those Rihanna and Nicki Minaj headlines?)

But there’s much more to the actor-turned-hip-hop star, 24, than a Platinum-selling album, Thank Me Later, and a Rolodex stocked with A-listers.

Here are five things you should know about Best New Artist Grammy contender Drake:

1. He was humbled watching Jay-Z perform last year
Drake says seeing Jay-Z come on stage right after he performed “Best I Ever Had,” made him feel “like a small little child.” At the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, Young Jeezy brought the rapper out, and Drake tells PEOPLE, “I looked down at myself and I was wearing like a pink sweater and some cargo pants and [Jay-Z] came out in the nastiest black outfit and shut the stadium down. It was humbling, like, you still have a long way to go, but it was great.”

2. His dream collaboration is Sade and Andre 3000
Teaming up with the “Smooth Operator” songstress and one half of rap duo Outkast is an ideal match for Drake, who says he’s “fighting to make that happen.” Adds the rapper: “Both of them are hard to find, actually. I think it’s possible. If it happens, I think it would be legendary. That’s my ideal. That’s my one that I’m waiting on.”

3. He frequently sings about love even if it mystifies him
“I feel like I’ve said ‘I love you’ … but I don’t know if I understand it yet,” Drake says. “I write about it and I try and make sense of it, but I’m not really sure … I thought I would by now, but maybe it’s not meant for me to understand yet.”

4. Judd Apatow and Michael Cera are his favorite Hollywood stars
Romance is his musical speciality but comedies are his forté when it comes to film. “Basically, I’m a fan of the Judd Apatow comedies,” he says. “I love to laugh. I’ll watch 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, Juno – anything with Michael Cera. I really like when I go to the movies for it be an experience where I can enjoy myself.”

5. He doesn’t think he’s photogenic
Heartthrob status aside, Drake says he tends to “cringe” when he sees his own photos. “I feel like I photograph different from the way I actually look,” he says. “That’s just something I come to the realization. When I catch photographs, I just look, like, real old or something. People see me in person and say casually, ‘Oh, you look better in person.’ ”

-People Magazine

  • http://www.DrizzyDrake.org Libra’s World

    Can’t wait to see those Grammy man. Manly DRAKE, Kanye, Eminem, Jay-Z, Rihanna , and Nicki Minaj. Hope Drake win most of all the things he’s nominated for

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000344311877 Maria Javier

    I love his pictures…but I would also love to see him in person….I wish him all the luck in the world, and hopefully he does win….

  • Chris Foster

    Ay I heard dat, I dont think there r to many people that understand love.

  • SimplyDrake

    Can’t wait to see you win that grammy<3

  • lety24

    i believe drake is very photogenic i dnt care wat he says if he think he’s not but i belive he looks good all tha tyme weather he looks old or young he’s alwyz good looking im very happy for drake cuz 2010 is, will, nd alwyz will be his year bcuz he’s been working with all kinds of artist’s he has so many songs nd there all great

  • JULISHA

    OMG HE SOOOO FINE. ILY DRAKE….. IM YO #1 FAN. ?****ILY DRIZZY****?

  • Crystal

    Aww he’s sooo cute. He’s better looking in person lol but I think he’s photogenic too. All the best of luck to him in 2011. I luv you Drake!

  • L.vee..3point

    Drizzy+Andre3000 wld be the topest.coz both of them are a tie.#1…cnt wait 4 dat

  • Piezinho

    Andre3000 and Drake would make history!!!they r the best!!!!

  • Evelynlovesdd

    Omg Omg….I really love his personality

  • http://twitter.com/Sevenaire Jasmine Morando

    Oh Andre 3000 is so overrated.  He will never be anything but a rapper.  He is a lying asshole who sleeps unprotected with women in Atlanta and sleeps with his employees.  I really hope that he gets his just due.  Also he is broke and cannot afford a house in Dallas, Texas to be with his son Seven Benjamin.  He lies to this one girl he is seeing named Tiffany Limos all the time.  Poor girl.  All he can do is features on songs for money.  He’ll never make it as a serious actor.  Obviously Drake didn’t have the dough to pay 3k.