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A Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest.

The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012. The 59th Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 2015 to September 2016, was held on February 12, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In 1996, the Grammy Awards began the category "Best Rap Album" and in 2004, it introduced the "Best Rap Song" category.

Best Rap Album[]

Year Recipient Album Nominees
1996 Naughty by Nature Poverty's Paradise

2Pac - Me Against the World

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal

Ol' Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Skee-Lo - I Wish

1997 Fugees The Score

2Pac - All Eyez On Me

A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes and Life

Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

LL Cool J - Mr. Smith

1998 Puff Daddy No Way Out

Missy Elliot - Supa Dupa Fly

Wyclef Jean - Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival

The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death

Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forver

1999 Jay-Z Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

A Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement

Big Punisher - Capital Punishment

Jermaine Dupri - Life in 1472

Mase - Harlem World

2000 Eminem The Slim Shady LP

Busta Rhymes - E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front

Missy Elliot - Da Real World

Nas - I Am...

The Roots - Things Fall Apart

2001 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP

DMX - ...And Then There Was X

Dr. Dre - 2001

Jay Z - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

Nelly - Country Grammar

2002 Outkast Stankonia

Eve - Scorpion

Ja Rule - Pain Is Love

Jay-Z - The Blueprint

Ludacris - Back for the First Time

2003 Eminem The Eminem Show

Ludacris - Word of Mouf

Mystikal - Tarantula

Nelly - Nellyville

Petey Pablo - Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry

2004 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Missy Elliot - Under Construction

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse

The Roots - Phrenology

2005 Kanye West The College Dropout

Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs

Jay-Z - The Black Album

LL Cool J - The DEFinition

Nelly - Suit

2006 Kanye West Late Registration

50 Cent - The Massacre

Common - Be

Missy Elliot - The Cookbook

Eminem - Encore

2007 Ludacris Release Therapy

Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor

Pharrell - In My Mind

The Roots - Game Theory

T.I. - King

2008 Kanye West Graduation

Common - Finding Forever

Jay-Z - Kingdom Come

Nas - Hip-Hop Is Dead

T.I. - T.I. vs. T.I.P.

2009 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III

Jay-Z - American Gangster

Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Nas - Untitled

T.I. - Paper Trail

2010 Eminem Relapse

Common - Universal Mind Control

Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S.

Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Q-Tip - The Renaissance

2011 Eminem Recovery

B.o.B - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Drake - Thank Me Later

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

The Roots - How I Got Over

2012 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers

Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV

2013 Drake Take Care

2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story

Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

Nas - Life is Good

Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't

The Roots - Undun

2014 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist

Drake - Nothing Was the Same

Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Kanye West - Yeezus

2015 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

Common - Nobody's Smiling

Childish Gambino - Because the Internet

Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood

ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron

2016 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly

J Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Dr. Dre - Compton

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

2017 Chance the Rapper Coloring Book

De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...

DJ Khaled - Major Key

Drake - Views

ScHoolboy Q - Blank Face LP

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo


Jay-Z - 4:44

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Migos - Culture

Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Best Rap Song[]

Year Recipient Song Nominees
2004 Eminem Lose Yourself

Snoop Dogg - Beautiful

Jay-Z - Excuse Me Miss

50 Cent - In Da Club

Missy Elliot - Work It

2005 Kanye West Jesus Walks

Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot

The Black Eyed Peas - Hey Mama

The Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started

Jay-Z - 99 Problems

2006 Kanye West Diamonds From Sierra Leone

50 Cent - Candy Shop

The Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart

The Game - Hate It Or Love It

Missy Elliot - Lose Control

2007 Ludacris Money Maker

Yung Joc - It's Goin' Down

Lupe Fiasco - Kick, Push

Chamillionaire - Ridin'

T.I. - What You Know

2008 Kanye West Good Life

50 Cent - Ayo Technology

T.I. - Big Things Poppin' (Do It)

Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

Soulja Boy - Crank That

2009 Lil Wayne Lollipop

Flo Rida - Low

Snoop Dogg - Sexual Eruption

Lupe Fiasco - Superstar

T.I. - Swagga Like Us

2010 Jay-Z Run This Town

Drake - Best I Ever Had

Kid Cudi - Day 'n' Nite

T.I. - Dead and Gone

Jay-Z - D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)

2011 Jay-Z Empire State of Mind

Eminem - Love the Way You Lie

Eminem - Not Afraid

B.o.B - Nothin' On You

Jay-Z - On to the Next One

2012 Kanye West All of the Lights

Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow

Dr. Dre - I Need A Doctor

Chris Brown - Look At Me Now

Jay-Z and Kanye West - Otis

Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On

2013 Jay-Z Niggas in Paris

Nas - Daughters

Wale - Lotus Flower Bomb

Kanye West - Mercy

Drake - The Motto

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa - Young, Wild & Free

2014 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop

A$AP Rocky - Fuckin' Problems

Jay-Z - Holy Grail

Kanye West - New Slaves

Drake - Started from the Bottom

2015 Kendrick Lamar i

Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

Kanye West - Bound 2

Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz

Drake - 0 to 100 / The Catch Up

2016 Kendrick Lamar Alright

Kanye West - All Day

Drake - Energy

Common - Glory

Fetty Wap - Trap Queen

2017 Drake Hotline Bling

Fat Joe & Remy Ma - All the Way Up

Kanye West - Famous

Chance the Rapper - No Problem

Kanye West - Ultralight Beam


Cardi B - Bodak Yellow

Danger Mouse - Chase Me

Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

Rapsody - Sassy

Jay-Z - The Story of O.J.