Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality male rap performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2003
Last awarded 2004
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance was an honor presented to male recording artists at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003 and the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 for quality rap solo performances. The Grammy Awards, an annual ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] are presented 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]

Beginning in 1991, the Academy began to honor individual rap performances with the Best Rap Solo Performance category. In 2003, the category was split into separate recognitions for Female and Male Rap Solo Performances. The categories remained separated by gender until 2005 when they were combined into the genderless category originally known as Best Rap Solo Performance. American singers Nelly and Eminem received the awards for Best Male Rap Solo Performance.

Background[edit]

In 1991, the Academy began to honor individual rap performances with the Best Rap Solo Performance category. The category name remained unchanged until 2004 when it was split into separate categories for Female and Male Rap Solo Performances. The categories remained separated by gender for one additional year. In 2005, they were merged into the genderless category originally known as Best Rap Solo Performance.[3] Female rapper MC Lyte has campaigned for the reinstatement of the female-specific category and believes that "it destroys [hip-hop] culture to not have the perspective of a woman".[3] Bill Freimuth, Recording Academy Vice President of Awards,[4] claimed that the category was eliminated because "it wasn't enough competition essentially, due to the lack of the number of releases in that category."[5] Black Entertainment Television (BET) executive Stephen Hill cited a similar reason for the elimination of the female categories by the BET Hip Hop Awards and VH1's Hip Hop Honors,[3] reflecting a lack of female representation in the hip hop music scene for several years.[5] As of 2011, the category name has not changed since 2005.

Recipients[edit]

A man in front of a handheld video camera, wearing a white t-shirt and his cap backwards
2003 award winner Nelly in 2007

For the 45th Grammy Awards (2003), Best Male Rap Solo Performance nominees included Eminem for "Without Me", Jay-Z for "Song Cry", Ludacris for "Rollout (My Business)", Mystikal for "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)", and Nelly for "Hot in Herre".[6] Eminem's additional nominations included Record of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Without Me" as well as Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for The Eminem Show.[7] Ludacris' Word of Mouf and Mystikal's Tarantula were also nominated for Best Rap Album.[7] Nelly also earned nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for the album Nellyville as well as Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the song "Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland), totaling five.[7] Regarding his nominations, Nelly stated: "It's always good to be nominated, especially for something as big as the Grammys. Just the recognition itself is an award. But you want that little gold record player. You just want to take it home."[8] The award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance was presented to Nelly at Madison Square Garden in New York City, though not broadcast on television.[9] His performances of "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" alongside Rowland at the awards ceremony included pyrotechnics.[9][10] In addition, Nelly received the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.[9]

A man on a stage wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, a grey jacket and a cap; two men can be seen in the background
2004 award winner Eminem performing in 2009

Nominees for the 46th Grammy Awards included 50 Cent for "In da Club", Joe Budden for "Pump It Up", Eminem for "Lose Yourself", Ludacris for "Stand Up" and Sean Paul for "Get Busy".[11] 50 Cent's additional nominations included Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Lil' Kim), Best Rap Album for Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Best Rap Song for "In da Club", totaling five.[11] "Lose Yourself" also earned Eminem nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.[11][12] Ludacris was also nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Gossip Folks" (with Missy Elliott), while Paul was nominated for Best New Artist and received the award for Best Reggae Album for Dutty Rock.[11] The award was presented to Eminem, who also received the award for Best Rap Song.[11] "Lose Yourself" also earned Eminem an Academy Award for Best Original Song, marking the first rap song to receive the honor.[13][14] In 2004, the American Film Institute included the song at No. 93 on their list of "America's Greatest Music in the Movies" list and Rolling Stone ranked the song No. 166 on their list of the "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[15][16]

Prior to the separate female and male categories, Eminem received the award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2000 for "My Name Is" and in 2001 for "The Real Slim Shady".[17][18] Nelly earned nominations in 2001 for "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)" and in 2002 for "Ride wit Me".[19][20] Following the return to the genderless category, Eminem earned nominations in 2005 for "Just Lose It",[21] in 2006 for "Mockingbird",[22] and in 2010 for "Beautiful".[23] Eminem was presented the award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2011 for "Not Afraid".[24]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Watson, Margeaux (September 26, 2008). "BET and VH1 Present…Awards Shows Without Women". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Flashback: Bill Freimuth". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Fekadu, Mesfin (August 18, 2010). "Nicki Minaj revives female voice in rap". The San Diego Union-Tribune (Platinum Equity). Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". San Francisco Chronicle. January 8, 2003. p. 3. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "MTV News: 45th Annual Grammy Awards". MTV. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (February 21, 2003). "From 'Damn!' To Disbelief: Artists React To Their Grammy Nods". MTV. Retrieved February 22, 2011.  Note: Additional reporting by John Norris, Minya Oh, and Shaheem Reid.
  9. ^ a b c D'Angelo, Joe (February 24, 2003). "Norah Jones Sweeps Grammys, Boss Wins Three, Avril Shut Out". MTV. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "India.Arie, Nelly, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock Are Double-Grammy Winners". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company) 103 (11): 54–55. March 10, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "2004 Grammy Winners". MTV. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ Popkin, Helen A.S. (March 5, 2006). "'It's Hard Out Here' for a good Oscar song". msnbc.com. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  14. ^ Johnson, Ross (April 23, 2006). "Hollywood's One Remaining Taboo Found in 'Black Snake Moan'". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner): 2. December 9, 2004. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  16. ^ "America's Greatest Music in the Movies" (PDF). 2004. p. 3. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  17. ^ Mancini, Robert (February 23, 2000). "Santana Rolls On Grammy Night; TLC, Eminem, Aguilera Hit Gold". MTV. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ Skanse, Richard (February 22, 2001). "Steely Dan, U2 Top Grammys". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  19. ^ "More Grammy nominees – Sounds Familiar by Baby Gil". The Philippine Star (Manila, Philippines: PhilStar Daily, Inc.). January 12, 2001. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees". San Francisco Chronicle. December 7, 2004. p. 3. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations". USA Today (Gannett Company). December 8, 2005. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Grammys 2010: Selected winners". BBC News. February 1, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Grammy Awards 2011: Winners and nominees for 53rd Grammy Awards". Tribune Company. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 

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