Grammy Award for Best Rap Song

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Grammy Award for Best Rap Song
Awarded forQuality rap songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2004
Currently held byMegan Thee Stallion ft, Beyonce "Savage" (2021)
Websitegrammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality songs in the rap music genre. 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]

The award was first presented to Eminem along with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto for the song "Lose Yourself" from the soundtrack 8 Mile in 2004. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award honors the songwriter(s) of new songs (containing both music and lyrics) or songs "first achieving prominence during the period of eligibility". Songs containing prominent samples may be eligible.[3]

Kanye West holds the records for the most wins and nominations in this category, having won six times out of fifteen nominations. Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are the only songwriters to have won the category more than once. Cyhi the Prynce holds the record for most nominations without a win, with six.

Recipients[edit]

A man on a stage holding a microphone and wearing a hooded jacket, a white shirt, and blue jeans.
The first winner Eminem, received the honour in 2004
A man holding a microphone and wearing white sunglasses, black clothing and a chain around his neck.
Kanye West the most awarded performer with six wins
A man dressed in black rapping in front of a band
Three-time winner Jay-Z
A man performing on stage
Three-time winner Kendrick Lamar
Year[I] Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees[III] Ref.
2004 "Lose Yourself" Eminem
[4]
2005 "Jesus Walks" Kanye West
[5]
2006 "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" Kanye West
[6]
2007 "Money Maker" Ludacris featuring Pharrell
[7]
2008 "Good Life" Kanye West featuring T-Pain
[8]
2009 "Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
[9]
2010 "Run This Town" Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West
[10]
2011 "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
[11]
2012 "All of the Lights" Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie
[12]
2013 "Niggas in Paris" Jay-Z and Kanye West [13]
2014 "Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
[14]
2015 "i" Kendrick Lamar
[15]
2016 "Alright" Kendrick Lamar
  • "All Day" (Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney)
  • "Energy" (Drake)
  • "Glory" (Common and John Legend)
  • "Trap Queen" (Fetty Wap)
[16]
2017 "Hotline Bling" Drake
  • "All the Way Up" (Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared)
  • "Famous" (Kanye West featuring Rihanna)
  • "No Problem" (Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
  • "Ultralight Beam" (Kanye West featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)
[17]
2018 "Humble" Kendrick Lamar
[18]
2019 "God's Plan" Drake
  • "King's Dead" (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)
  • "Lucky You" (Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas)
  • "Sicko Mode" (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)
  • "Win" (Jay Rock)
[19]
2020 "A Lot" 21 Savage featuring J. Cole
  • "Bad Idea" (YBN Cordae featuring Chance the Rapper)
  • "Gold Roses" (Rick Ross featuring Drake)
  • "Racks in the Middle" (Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy)
  • "Suge" (DaBaby)
[20]
2021 "Savage" Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé
[21]

Category records[edit]

Most wins

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Kanye West Jay-Z
Kendrick Lamar
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Total wins 6 Wins 3 wins 2 wins

Most nominations

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Kanye West Jay-Z Drake
Total wins 15 nominations 12 nominations 10 nominations

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Category Mapper: Best Rap Song (S/T)". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  4. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominations". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. December 5, 2003. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today. Gannett Company. February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 8, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Gil (December 7, 2006). "Mary J. Blige, Chili Peppers Top Grammy Nominations List". MTV. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "2008 Grammy Award Winners and Nominees". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. February 9, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards". E! Online. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  10. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (December 2, 2009). "Nominees for 2010 Grammy Awards Announced -- Full List". Spinner.com. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  11. ^ "Nominees And Winners – GRAMMY.com". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  12. ^ "2011 - 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Rap Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  13. ^ List of 2013 nominees Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ 2014 Nominees
  15. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  16. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2017: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  18. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  19. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  20. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 22, 2019). "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List". Retrieved November 22, 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  21. ^ 2021 Nominations List

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