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As usual, when the list of Grammy nominees was announced earlier this year, there were a few no-brainers: Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar all received a multitude of nominations. A few snubs: including Fetty Wap being excluded from the Best New Artist category. And a few head scratchers: specifically, the lack of love from the Recording Academy towards the smash hit of the summer/year, Drake’s Hotline Bling. The reason for the lack of recognition wasn’t the fault of the Academy’s Voting Members, but rather a clerical error by Drake’s label, Cash Money. According to, Cash Money omitted to submit the song for contention. Oops! The Canadian-based Drake is nominated for other awards at the ceremony, but if it weren’t for this gaffe, his viral hit would have been a serious contender for numerous additional categories. This is hardly the first time Cash Money’s been in hot water; the record company is currently being sued by its former artist Lil’ Wayne for failure to pay him for the work he contributed to Drake’s albums dating back to 2012.

Loren Shokes is an Entertainment and Sports Highlight Contributor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and a current second year student at Harvard Law School (Class of 2017).