Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance
|Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance|
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
|Awarded for||quality urban/alternative performances|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality urban/alternative performances. Awards in several categories are distributed 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."
The award was first awarded to India.Arie at the 45th Grammy Awards (2003) for her song "Little Things". According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award was presented to artists that had made "newly recorded urban/alternative performances with vocals". The award was intended to recognize artists "who have been influenced by a cross section of urban music" and who create music that is out of the "mainstream trends".
Two-time recipients include India.Arie, Cee Lo Green (once as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley), and Jill Scott. Erykah Badu, Big Boi (a member of OutKast) and will.i.am (a member of The Black Eyed Peas) share the record for the most nominations, with three each. Sérgio Mendes is the only performer to be nominated twice in one year. The category was dominated by Americans, yet individuals from Jamaica and Côte d'Ivoire also won the award. The award will be discontinued from 2012 in a major overhaul of the Grammys where the category will be shifted to the Best R&B Performance category.
|2003||India.Arie||United States||"Little Things"|||
|2004||OutKast||United States||"Hey Ya!"|||
|2005||Scott, JillJill Scott||United States||"Cross My Mind"|||
|2006||Marley, DamianDamian Marley||Jamaica||"Welcome to Jamrock"|||
|2007||Gnarls Barkley||United States||"Crazy"|||
|2008||Fiasco, LupeLupe Fiasco and Jill Scott||United States||"Daydreamin'"|||
|2009||Michele, ChrisetteChrisette Michele and will.i.am||United States||"Be OK"|||
|2010||India.Arie and Dobet Gnahoré|| United States
|2011||Green, Cee LoCee Lo Green||United States||"Fuck You"|||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
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