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”9" is an homage to Drake’s hometown Toronto (“the 6”) and an assertion of his influence there.
Drake uses the number 9 to describe his influence over Toronto, saying he “turned the 6 upside down”—making it a 9.
Related: Rihanna , a rendition which earned her a standing ovation. To make matters even better, the beauty's rumored boyfriend Drake gifted her with the prestigious award following the performance. Decked out in a sharp suit, Drizzy recalled first meeting the entertainer in 2005 — an encounter which he parlayed into a long lasting friendship and infatuation.
His influence and moves turned the city upside down—this is his anthem to the 6 The song samples “Dying” by reggae artist Mavado—part of the strong Jamaican influence seen throughout this album.Drake leads the 2016 American Music Award nominations with an impressive 13 nods.The ' Hotline Bling' hitmaker was shortlisted far more times than any other artist this year, and even received two entries each in the Collaboration of the Year, Favourite Song - Soul/R&B, and Favourite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop categories, as well as being recognised in another six categories, including the coveted Artist of the Year.For that accolade, he will face competition from the likes of girlfriend Rihanna, with whom he shares to Collaboration of the Year and Video of the Year nominations for her song ' Work', which he featured on.
The rapper beat a record set by Michael Jackson in 1984 for the most nominations in a single year.Rihanna herself is one of the second most nominated acts with five nods, as she's also shortlisted for Favourite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favourite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favourite Album - Soul/R&B for ' Anti'.