On April 5, Drake announced he was finishing his fifth studio album and he was releasing a single later that night.On April 6, “Nice for What” was released, alongside a music video, which featured several female celebrities.After “Nice For What” replaced his own “God’s Plan” on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making him the first artist to have a new number-one debut replace their former number-one debut, Drake announced the title of his fifth studio album as Scorpion, with a planned release date of June 29, 2018. He then released “I’m Upset” on May 26, as the album’s third and final single. Scorpionwas then released as a double-album, and marked Drake’s longest project, with a run-time of just under 90 minutes. The album broke both the one-day global records on Spotify and Apple Music, as it gained 132.45 million and 170 million plays on each streaming service, respectively. It eventually sold 749,000 album equivalent units in its first week of sales, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Shortly thereafter, Drake collaborated with British hip hop promotion Link Up TV on July 7, releasing a freestyle as a part of the promotion’s ‘Behind Barz’ segment,before releasing another freestyle a week later after featuring on Charlie Sloth’s long-running Fire in the Booth program on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Drake then captured his sixth number-one hit with “In My Feelings” on July 21, which also spawned the viral “#InMyFeelingsChallenge”. The success of “In My Feelings” also made Drake the record holder for most number one hits among rappers.
Drake shows up earning seven nominations primarily for his massive, feel-good video for “God’s Plan.” Childish Gambino, on the strength of his video for “This Is America,” also received seven nominations, appearing on almost every ‘professional’ technical category except for Best Visual Effects.