“Hotline Bling” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, which serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album Views(2016). While the song itself is only credited as a bonus track to the album it is present on all editions of the album.
Music critics were complimentary about the presentation of Drake’s emotional side, as well as its production, but criticized its lyrics. A music video directed by Director X was released two months later; it subsequently gained popularity on YouTube and spawned several parodies. The song was included on several year-end critics’ polls.
“Hotline Bling” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Drake’s highest-charting single in the United States (tying with “Best I Ever Had” in 2009), until “One Dance” reached #1 in 2016. “Hotline Bling” also reached number three in Canada and the United Kingdom. The song won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song at the 2016 American Music Awards. It also received two wins at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance.[4