Grammy Award for Best Rap Song

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Grammy Award for Best Rap Songs
Awarded forQuality rap songs
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2004
Currently held by Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, "God's Plan"
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Song 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 in the rap music genre. 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

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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The award was first presented to Eminem along with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto for the song "Lose Yourself" from the soundtrack 8 Mile in 2004. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award honors the songwriter(s) of new songs (containing both music and lyrics) or songs "first achieving prominence during the period of eligibility". Songs containing prominent samples may be eligible. [3]

Eminem American rapper and actor

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time and has been labeled the "King of Hip Hop". In addition to his solo career, Eminem was a member of the hip hop group D12. He is also known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5'9"; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil.

Jeffrey Bass is a Grammy and Oscar-winning music producer from Detroit, best known as one half of the Bass Brothers and for his work with Eminem.

Luis Edgardo Resto is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and keyboardist who has worked closely with rapper Eminem since his third major-label album The Eminem Show. He is of Puerto Rican descent, with both of his parents from Puerto Rico, and was raised in the Detroit suburb of Garden City, Michigan.

Kanye West holds the records for the most wins and nominations in this category, having won six times out of fifteen nominations. Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are the only songwriters to have won the category more than once. Cyhi the Prynce holds the record for most nominations without a win, with six.

Kanye West American rapper, singer, and record producer from Illinois

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial, and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large.

Jay-Z American rapper, entrepreneur, record executive, songwriter, producer and investor from New York

Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. Considered among the best rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world's most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades.

Pharrell Williams American singer, rapper and record producer from Virginia

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo compose the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed it with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006. His second album, Girl, was released in March 2014 and included the commercially successful single "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous singles for various recording artists.

Recipients

The first winner Eminem, received the honour in 2004 Eminem performing live at dj hero party.jpg
The first winner Eminem, received the honour in 2004
Kanye West the most awarded performer with six wins Jay-Z Kanye Watch the Throne Staples Center 5 (crop).jpg
Kanye West the most awarded performer with six wins
Three-time winner Jay-Z Jay-zlivein2010.jpg
Three-time winner Jay-Z
Three-time winner Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Way Out West 2013 (cropped).jpg
Three-time winner Kendrick Lamar
Year [I] Songwriter(s)WorkPerforming artist(s) [II] Nominees [III] Ref.
2004 Jeff Bass
Eminem
Luis Resto
"Lose Yourself" Eminem
[4]
2005 Miri Ben-Ari
Che Smith
Kanye West
"Jesus Walks" Kanye West
[5]
2006 Devon Harris
Kanye West
"Diamonds from Sierra Leone" Kanye West
[6]
2007 Ludacris
Pharrell Williams
"Money Maker" Ludacris featuring Pharrell
[7]
2008 Aldrin Davis
Faheem Najm
Kanye West
"Good Life" Kanye West featuring T-Pain [8]
2009 Dwayne Carter
Stephen Garrett
Darius Harrison
Jim Jonsin
Rex Zamor
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
[9]
2010 Shawn Carter
R. Fenty
M. Riddick
Kanye West
E. Wilson
"Run This Town" Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West
[10]
2011 Shawn Carter
Angela Hunter
Alicia Keys
Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic
Alexander Shuckburgh
"Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
[11]
2012 Jeff Bhasker
Malik Jones
Warren Trotter
Kanye West
"All of the Lights" Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie
[12]
2013 Shawn Carter
Mike Dean
Chauncey Hollis
Kanye West
"Niggas in Paris" Jay-Z and Kanye West
[13]
2014 Ben Haggerty
Ryan Lewis
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz [14]
2015 Kendrick Duckworth
Columbus Smith
Ronald Isley
"i" Kendrick Lamar
[15]
2016 Kendrick Duckworth
Kawan Prather
Mark Spears
Pharrell Williams
"Alright" Kendrick Lamar
[16]
2017 Aubrey Graham
Paul Jefferies
"Hotline Bling" Drake
[17]
2018 K. Duckworth
Asheton Hogan
M. Williams II
"HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar
[18]
2019 Aubrey Graham
Ronald LaTour
Daveon Jackson
Brock Korsan
Matthew Samuels
Noah Shebib
"God's Plan" Drake
[19]

Category records

Most wins

Rank1st2nd3rd
Artist Kanye West Jay-Z
Kendrick Lamar
Drake
Rihanna
Pharrell Williams
Total wins6 Wins3 wins2 wins

Most nominations

Rank1st2nd3rd
Artist Kanye West Jay-Z Drake
Total wins15 nominations11 nominations9 nominations

See also

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance is an honor presented to recording artists for quality rap performances. It was first presented at the 31st Annual Grammy Awards in 1989 and again at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1990, after which point the award was split into two categories: Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. These two categories were combined again in 2012 as a result of a restructure of Grammy categories, and the reinstated Award for Best Rap Performance was presented at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.

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