“Hotline Bling” has become an epic song that has gone beyond viral. It seems everyone wants to cover it, make a remix, or in some way be involved with it. The original version by Drake is phenomenal.
Who is into “Hotline Bling?” Billboard reports that Justin Bieber did a cover of the popular song earlier this month at the Marine Room Tavern in Laguna Beach, California. Fans were reportedly beyond happy about the performance.
Billboard also reports that even President Obama is on board, with a remix of “Hotline Bling;” well, sort of. Maybe it’s more accurate to say a remix was done for him. It’s actually pretty funny.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Matt Bromer danced to “Hotline Bling” in American Horror Story: Hotel before a dramatic encounter with Liz (played by Denis O’Hare) and Iris (played by Kathy Bates).
This is Matt Bomer dancing to hotline bling. I’m still recovering. pic.twitter.com/zlxKySeCl5
— vinny wilson (@vinneezy) December 20, 2015
Even a group of A-list celebrities have jumped on the “Hotline Bling” bandwagon. Today reports that actor Bryan Cranston and fellow celebs like Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, and Elizabeth Banks did a pretty unique presentation of “Hotline Bling.” Check it out.
With all of the attention “Hotline Bling” has been getting, it seems pretty crazy that it didn’t pick up a Grammy Award nomination. Hits Daily Double reports that a rumor is circulating that suggests “Hotline Bling” has no nominations due to a clerical error.
“It’s worth noting that Drake’s massive ‘Hotline Bling’ was not submitted, due to a clerical error on the part of label Cash Money. That huge hit might well have been a multiple-category contender but for this goof.”
This tidbit of information has been picked up by major news media everywhere. If reports are true, it has got to hurt Drake. Even Adele wants to be a part of the phenomenon because, as she has divulged in an interview in November, she absolutely loves “Hotline Bling.”
“I really want us to do an official remix [of ‘Hotline Bling.’] I love Drake. I love Drake so much. I even got the coat that’s in the video — I got it delivered the other day, I ordered it. The red one.”
— Music News (@HitMusicNews) January 1, 2016
Forbes reports that the most likely reason “Hotline Bling” is not up for a Grammy nomination is because Drake simply chose not to submit it. Why? As Forbes puts it, Drake released so much music in 2015 that he might have a more difficult time being recognized at the Grammys if he submitted too many songs for consideration.
“The fact that Drake released so much music in 2015 may actually hurt his chances at the Grammys, and that’s likely the reason why he didn’t even bother to submit ‘Bling’ for consideration. Drake had a massive year, and Grammy voters are very aware of this, and it will be on their minds as they choose who they believe deserves the final recognition. By submitting only a few options, Drake is funneling all of his supporters to one destination: him winning another award.”
Forbes suggests that Drake learned from Kanye West’s mistake back in 2012, when West submitted both “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and “Watch The Throne,” which caused a split in fan votes and resulted in no nominations for either song. If Drake is treading carefully when it comes to the Grammys by not submitting “Hotline Bling,” then perhaps it shows just how smart he is.
Regardless, “Hotline Bling” will have no trouble going down in history as one of the most popular and redone, covered, and remixed songs of 2015. Kudos to Drake for making the tough choices and creating such a hit.
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