Travis Scott‘s got a big couple of weeks ahead of him, with the Super Bowl halftime show and the Grammys on his schedule. Scott’s a first time nominee with three nods: Best Rap Album for Astroworld, and Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Sicko Mode.” But the Houston rapper says those nominations weren’t something he was actively looking for.
Speaking to Billboard, Scott says, “Making the best music is important. It’s always dope to be noticed for your work, but you always just have to remember that as long as you’re making the best music, touching fans and moving spirits, that’s what we all do it for.”
And while his acclaimed 2016 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight failed to get any nominations, La Flame says that while making Astroworld, he didn’t head into the studio with a plan to change that.
“I go in on making music,” he tells Billboard. “At some point, I was just hoping to be recognized by The Academy. But I went back in for [Astroworld] and just tried to make good music.”
“[Getting nominated] wasn’t driving me in my mind,” he adds. “It’s just something that kind of like, happened.”
Regarding the Grammys’ increasing recognition of hip hop after years of snubs, Scott offers an explanation.
“Maybe people are getting more attuned, tapping more into this generation and the youthfulness of music,” he says. “It’s so diverse and so spread across the U.S., the world and all different types of genres.”
He adds, “Kids are driving it, so it’s showing what they’re listening to. It’s dope to see a mix of different people get more recognized for their music now.”
The Grammys take place February 10 in Los Angeles.
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