Grammy Award for Best Rap Song

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Grammy Award for Best Rap Songs
Awarded forQuality rap songs
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2004
Last awarded2018

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 nine nominations. He is followed by Jay-Z with three wins and six nominations. Following the two, Kendrick Lamar has three wins, and Pharrell has two wins. No further songwriters have won this category more than once. T.I. (a.k.a. Clifford Harris) holds the record for most nominations without a win with four.


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 2003
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] Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees[III] Ref.
2004 Jeff Bass
Luis Resto
"Lose Yourself" Eminem

2005 Miri Ben-Ari
Che Smith
Kanye West
"Jesus Walks" Kanye West

2006 Devon Harris
Kanye West
"Diamonds from Sierra Leone" Kanye West

2007 Ludacris
Pharrell Williams
"Money Maker" Ludacris featuring Pharrell

2008 Aldrin Davis
Faheem Najm
Kanye West
"Good Life" Kanye West featuring T-Pain

2009 Dwayne Carter
Stephen Garrett
Darius Harrison
Jim Jonsin
Rex Zamor
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major

2010 Shawn Carter
R. Fenty
M. Riddick
Kanye West
E. Wilson
"Run This Town" Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West

2011 Shawn Carter
Angela Hunter
Alicia Keys
Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic
Alexander Shuckburgh
"Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

2012 Jeff Bhasker
Malik Jones
Warren Trotter
Kanye West
"All of the Lights" Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie

2013 Shawn Carter
Mike Dean
Chauncey Hollis
Kanye West
"Niggas in Paris" Jay-Z and Kanye West

2014 Ben Haggerty
Ryan Lewis
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

2015 Kendrick Duckworth
Columbus Smith
Ronald Isley
"i" Kendrick Lamar [15]
2016 Kendrick Duckworth
Kawan Prather
Mark Spears
Pharrell Williams
"Alright" Kendrick Lamar [16]
2017 Aubrey Graham
Paul Jefferies
"Hotline Bling" Drake [17]
2018 K. Duckworth
Asheton Hogan
M. Williams II
"HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar [18]
2019 [19]
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.
  • ^[III] Showing the name of the songwriter(s), the nominated song and in parentheses the performer's name(s).

See also[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.
  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". Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  11. ^ "Nominees And Winners –". 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.

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