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 byDwayne Abernathy, Jr., Jay-Z,, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Kanye West and Mark Williams for "Jail" (2022)

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] The award goes to the songwriter(s), not to the artist except if the artist is also a songwriter of the winning song.

Kanye West holds the records for the most wins and nominations in this category, having won seven times out of sixteen nominations. West, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, 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.


A man on a stage holding a microphone and wearing a hooded jacket, a white shirt, and blue jeans.
Eminem was the first recipient of the award in 2004 alongside Jeff Bass and Luis Resto.
A man holding a microphone and wearing white sunglasses, black clothing and a chain around his neck.
Kanye West holds the records of most wins in the category with seven, as well as most nominations for the award with sixteen.
2007 winner Ludacris.
Two-time winner Pharrell Williams.
A man dressed in black rapping in front of a band
Five-time winner Jay-Z.
A man performing on stage
Three-time winner Kendrick Lamar.
Two-time winner Drake.
2020 winner 21 Savage.
2020 winner J. Cole.
Year[I] Recipient(s) Work Performing artist(s) Nominees
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)[II]
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 [8]
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
Stacy Ferguson
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 [13]
2014 Ben Haggerty
Ryan Lewis
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz [14]
2015 Kendrick Duckworth
Columbus Smith
Ronald Isley
"i" Kendrick Lamar
2016 Kendrick Duckworth
Kawan Prather
Mark Spears
Pharrell Williams
"Alright" Kendrick Lamar
2017 Aubrey Graham
Paul Jefferies
"Hotline Bling" Drake
2018 K. Duckworth
Asheton Hogan
M. Williams II
"HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar
2019 Aubrey Graham
Ronald LaTour
Daveon Jackson
Brock Korsan
Matthew Samuels
Noah Shebib
"God's Plan" Drake
2020 Jermaine Cole
Dacoury Natche
21 Savage
Anthony White
"A Lot" 21 Savage featuring J. Cole
2021 Beyoncé
Shawn Carter
Brittany Hazzard
Derrick Milano
Terius Nash
Megan Pete
Bobby Session Jr.
Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe
Anthony White
"Savage" Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
2022 Dwayne Abernathy, Jr.
Shawn Carter
Raul Cubina
Michael Dean
Charles M. Njapa
Sean Solymar
Kanye West
Mark Williams
"Jail" Kanye West featuring Jay-Z

Category records[edit]

Most wins

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Kanye West Jay-Z Kendrick Lamar
Total wins 7 Wins 5 wins 3 wins

Most nominations

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Kanye West Jay-Z Drake
Total wins 16 nominations 13 nominations 10 nominations

See also[edit]


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  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" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  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}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  21. ^ 2021 Nominations List
  22. ^ 2022 Nominations List

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