Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance
Awarded forQuality songs featuring both rapped and sung vocals
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2002
Last awarded2018
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance (awarded as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration until 2017) is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to recording artists for quality songs on which rappers and singers collaborate. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to artists for "a newly recorded Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together", and the "collaborative artist(s) should be recognized as a featured artist(s)". [3]

Americans Eve and Gwen Stefani won the first award in 2002 with "Let Me Blow Ya Mind". The pair were unsuccessfully nominated a second time in 2006 for "Rich Girl". American rapper Jay-Z has received seven Grammys in the category four times as lead artist and three times as featured artist; he has also been nominated for three other songs. Rihanna is the female artist with the most wins in the category, with five wins out of nine total nominations. John Legend has received the most nominations in the category without a win, with six.

Gwen Stefani American singer-songwriter

Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the band No Doubt, whose singles include "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak" from their 1995 breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom, as well as "Hey Baby" and "It's My Life" from later albums.

Let Me Blow Ya Mind 2001 single by Eve ft. Gwen Stefani

"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" is a song by American rapper Eve, featuring American singer Gwen Stefani. It was released on May 15, 2001, as the second and final single from Eve's second album, Scorpion (2001). It became Eve's highest-charting single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two; it also reached number one on the US Mainstream Top 40 chart. Worldwide, the song peaked at number 29 in Canada, number four in Australia and the United Kingdom, and topped the charts in Belgium, Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland. The song was listed at number seven on the 2001 Pazz & Jop list, a survey of several hundred music critics conducted by Robert Christgau. It won a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, which was a brand new category at the time. The music video won the 2001 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.

Rich Girl (Gwen Stefani song) song by Gwen Stefani

"Rich Girl" is a song by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani from her debut solo studio album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004). Produced by Dr. Dre, the track features American rapper Eve, and is a remake of Louchie Lou & Michie One's 1993 song of the same name, which is in turn an adaptation of the Fiddler on the Roof song "If I Were a Rich Man". Stefani says the song discusses her dreams of fame and riches from the perspective of "when she was just an Orange County girl".

From 2017, the award will be known as Best Rap/Sung Performance. Solo recordings are no longer excluded, "to represent the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing". [4]

Recipients

Inaugural winner and two-time nominee Eve Eve 2011 cropped.jpg
Inaugural winner and two-time nominee Eve
Inaugural winner and two-time nominee Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani.jpg
Inaugural winner and two-time nominee Gwen Stefani
Seven-time winner and eleven-time nominee Jay-Z Jay-Z-02-mika.jpg
Seven-time winner and eleven-time nominee Jay-Z
Four-time winner and fourteen-time nominee Kanye West Kanye West Shankbone 2009 Vanity Fair.jpg
Four-time winner and fourteen-time nominee Kanye West
Five-time winner and nine-time nominee Rihanna Rihanna Diamonds World Tour 2013 (Cropped).png
Five-time winner and nine-time nominee Rihanna
Year [I] Performing artistsWorkNomineesRef.
2002 Eve featuring Gwen Stefani "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" [5]
2003 Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland "Dilemma" [6]
2004 Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z "Crazy in Love" [7]
2005 Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon "Yeah!" [8]
2006 Linkin Park and Jay-Z "Numb/Encore" [9]
2007 Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. "My Love" [10]
2008 Rihanna featuring Jay-Z "Umbrella" [11]
2009 Estelle featuring Kanye West "American Boy" [12]
2010 Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West "Run This Town" [13]
2011 Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" [14]
2012 Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie "All of the Lights" [15]
2013 Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream "No Church in the Wild" [16]
2014 Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake "Holy Grail" [17]
2015 Eminem featuring Rihanna "The Monster" [18]
2016 Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat "These Walls" [19]
2017 Drake "Hotline Bling" [20]
2018 Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna "LOYALTY." [21]
2019 Childish Gambino "This Is America" [22]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

Artists with multiple wins

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Artists with multiple nominations

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Chris Brown American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor

Christopher Maurice Brown is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor.

Kelly Rowland American singer, songwriter, actress

Kelendria Trene Rowland is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. During their hiatus, Rowland released her debut solo album Simply Deep (2002), which sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and included the number-one single "Dilemma" with Nelly, as well as the UK top-ten singles "Stole" and "Can't Nobody". Rowland also ventured into acting, with guest appearances in television shows and starring roles in successful films, Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and The Seat Filler (2005).

Destinys Child American rhythm & blues girl group

Destiny's Child was an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny's Child members began their musical career as Girl's Tyme, formed in 1990, comprising Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett among others. After years of limited success, the quartet were signed in 1997 to Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment as Destiny's Child. Destiny's Child was launched into mainstream recognition following the release of their best-selling second album, The Writing's on the Wall (1999), which contained the number-one singles "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name". Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group's manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland.

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