List of awards and nominations received by Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Shakur awards and nominations
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  1. Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.

This is a list of awards and nominations received by the late American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.


American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual American music awards show.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1994Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New ArtistNominated [1]
1997Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop ArtistWon (posthumously) [2]

ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2005 Runnin' (Dying to Live)
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
Top Soundtrack Song of the YearWon (posthumously) [3]

ECHO Awards

The ECHO Award was a German music award granted annually by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, an association of recording companies. [4]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2002HimselfBest International Hip-Hop ActNominated (posthumously)[ citation needed ]

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry. The annual awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony. Shakur was nominated seven times.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1996"Dear Mama" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated [5]
Me Against the World Best Rap Album Nominated [5]
1997 All Eyez on Me Nominated (posthumously) [6]
"How Do U Want It" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo) Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated (posthumously) [6]
"California Love" (featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman)Nominated (posthumously) [6]
2000"Changes"Best Rap Solo PerformanceNominated (posthumously) [7]
2023"Dear Mama" Best Music Film Nominated (posthumously)[ citation needed ]

MOBO Awards

The MOBO Awards award in "Music of Black Origin", established in 1996 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell. It is held annually in the United Kingdom to recognize artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music. Shakur was nominated and won for Best Video in 1996 for California Love.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1996 California Love Best VideoWon[ citation needed ]

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Award or abbreviated as the VMA, is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in music videos. Shakur was nominated 4 times – the first being in 1996 and the last in 2003 – for Best Rap Video.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1996"California Love"
(featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)
Best Rap VideoNominated[ citation needed ]
1999"Changes"Nominated[ citation needed ]
Best Editing in a VideoNominated (posthumously)[ citation needed ]
2003"Thugz Mansion"
(featuring Nas)
Best Rap VideoNominated (posthumously)[ citation needed ]

NAACP Image Award

The NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. Shakur was nominated for this award in 1994.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1994Tupac Shakur in Poetic Justice Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNominated[ citation needed ]

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development. Shakur was posthumously selected as one of the inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 during his first year of eligibility. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017, making him the first solo rapper and the sixth hip hop artist to be inducted in the Hall of Fame's 30-year history. [8]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017Tupac ShakurRock and Roll Hall of FameInducted (posthumously) [8]

Soul Train Awards

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which honors the best in Black music and entertainment. Shakur was nominated three times, first in 1996 for Best Rap Album and then in 1997 for R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video. He won two awards out of three nominations.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1996 Me Against the World Best Rap AlbumWon[ citation needed ]
1997 All Eyez on Me R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the YearWon (posthumously)[ citation needed ]
"How Do You Want It" / "California Love"Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music VideoNominated (posthumously)[ citation needed ]

Source Awards

The Source Awards is an annual award show created by The Source magazine which honors hip-hop and R&B performers for their contributions to hip-hop. Shakur was nominated in 2003 for Single of the Year (Male Solo Artist).

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2003"Thugz Mansion"
(Featuring Anthony Hamilton)
Single of the Year (Male Solo Artist)Nominated (posthumously)[ citation needed ]

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