Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

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Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality albums with rapping
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1996
Last awarded 2014
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums with rapping at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] 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]

In 1995, the Academy announced the addition of the award category Best Rap Album.[3] The first award was presented to the group Naughty by Nature at the 38th Grammy Awards the following year. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented for "albums containing at least 51% playing time of tracks with newly recorded rapped performances".[4] Award recipients often include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.[5]

As of 2013, Eminem holds the record for the most wins in this category, with five. Lauryn Hill is currently the only female to win in this category, when she won in 1997 with the Fugees. Kanye West was presented the award four times, and the duo known as Outkast received the award twice. Jay-Z holds the record for the most nominations, with nine, which resulted in one win. Canadian artist Drake became the first non-American winner in this category, winning in 2013. The Roots have received the most nominations without a win, with five.


A man wearing a white dress shirt, tie, gray vest, black jacket, and sunglasses, singing into a microphone.
1998 winner Sean Combs (credited as Puff Daddy), performing in 2006
A man on a stage holding a microphone and wearing a hooded jacket, a white shirt, and blue jeans.
Five-time award winner Eminem, performing in 2009
A man holding a microphone and wearing white sunglasses, black clothing and a chain around his neck.
Four-time award winner Kanye West
A man wearing a striped suit and earrings.
2007 award winner, Ludacris
2009 award winner, Lil Wayne
2013 award winner, Drake
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1996 Naughty by Nature  United States Poverty's Paradise [6]
1997 Fugees  United States The Score [7]
1998 Puff Daddy and the Family  United States No Way Out [8]
1999 Jay-Z  United States Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life [9]
2000 Eminem  United States The Slim Shady LP [10]
2001 Eminem  United States The Marshall Mathers LP [11]
2002 Outkast  United States Stankonia [12]
2003 Eminem  United States The Eminem Show [13]
2004 Outkast  United States Speakerboxxx/The Love Below [14]
2005 West, KanyeKanye West  United States The College Dropout [15]
2006 West, KanyeKanye West  United States Late Registration [16]
2007 Ludacris  United States Release Therapy [15]
2008 West, KanyeKanye West  United States Graduation [17]
2009 Lil Wayne  United States Tha Carter III [18]
2010 Eminem  United States Relapse [19]
2011 Eminem  United States Recovery [20]
2012 West, KanyeKanye West  United States My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2013 Drake  Canada Take Care
2014 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis  United States The Heist

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

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  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Lambropoulos, Dinos (May 25, 1995). "Grammy Awards will stay in Los Angeles". The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, New York). p. C6. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 3. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 16, 2011.  Note: User must select the "Rap" category as the genre under the search feature.
  6. ^ Strauss, Neil (January 5, 1996). "New Faces in Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 8, 1997. p. 4. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Strauss, Neil (January 7, 1998). "Grammy Nominations Yield Surprises, Including Newcomer's Success". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. 2. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Lauryn Hill, Shania Twain, and Sheryl Crow win the most nods". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc). January 5, 1999. 
  10. ^ "42nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ Basham, David (January 17, 2002). "Got Charts? Outkast's Grammy Outlook; Linkin Park Go For Gold". MTV. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Grammy nominees and winners". CNN. February 24, 2003. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ Susman, Gary (December 4, 2003). "Grammylicious". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc). Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today (Gannett Company). February 7, 2005. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 2. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ Kot, Greg (December 6, 2007). "Kanye West, Amy Winehouse lead Grammy nominations". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  18. ^ Stout, Gene (February 6, 2009). "Grammys Awards: Who will perform, who will win, who should win". Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Grammy countdown: Is Eminem's 'Relapse' a lock for best rap album?". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 19, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  20. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 2, 2010. 

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