Kendrick Lamar Wins The Grammy For Best Rap Album

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Kendrick Lamar was a big winner at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this evening (January 28). Before the main event was even televised, the DAMN. rapper was already the winner of three awards, with “HUMBLE.” nabbing the gold for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Music Video. The early wins made the possibility of his winning Best Rap Album highly likely. Indeed, the already seven-time Grammy winner took home the coveted award in that category, besting JAY-Z’s 4:44, Migos’ Culture, Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom and Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy.

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The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album was presented by Dave Chappelle, who used the opportunity to shout out A Tribe Called Quest before going into the evening’s nominees. In his acceptance speech, Kung Fu Kenny thanked Hip-Hop, crediting it with allowing him to tour the world and feed his family. “It showed me the true definition of what being an artist is about,” he said. He mentioned Jigga, Nas and Puff Daddy as inspirations. He ended his speech by saying “Jay for President.”

The Top Dawg Entertainment MC was nominated for a total of seven awards, including Album of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance (the latter for the Rihanna-assisted “LOYALTY.,” which he also won).

The evening belonged to Kendrick from jump. In addition to winning multiple awards before the show started, he opened the night as the first performer of the evening, performing “XXX.” with a set design drenched in American patriotic and political iconography. U2 joined him, bridging the world of Rap with some of the most decorated Rock performers in history. Dave Chappelle popped up, too.