Jay Rock & Anderson .Paak Win Their First Grammy Awards…In A Tied Race

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Ahead of the 61st Grammy Awards television broadcast, some important winners have already announced in significant categories. For the second year in a row, Dave Chappelle took home “Best Comedy Album” honors for his third and fourth Netflix special of 2017.

Meanwhile, in the”Best Rap Performance” category, there is a rare tie. Moments ago, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake all won their first trophy for “King’s Dead,” a song that also features Kendrick Lamar, who now has a dozen trophies. Meanwhile, Kenny’s Aftermath Entertainment label-mate, Anderson .Paak, gets his first win for “Bubblin.'” It marks the first tie in this category.

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“King’s Dead” belongs to Black Panther: The Album, as well as the subsequently-released 2018 Jay Rock album, Redemption. The title made Ambrosia For Heads’ Top 15 Albums Of 2018 list. The song is a contender for “Best Rap Song.” Jay Rock’s “Win” is also up for the same trophy. Meanwhile, the Black Panther soundtrack is competing for “Album Of The Year.”

As for Anderson .Paak, this year’s Grammy nomination is the third for the Oxnard, California singer/MC/drummer. .Paak earned his first two career Grammy nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Best Urban Contemporary Album” for his efforts on 2016’s breakthrough album Malibu. Anderson also performed at the 59th Grammy Awards, performing alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Consequence, and Busta Rhymes. Notably, “Bubblin'” is a standalone video single. It did not appear in late 2018’s Oxnard, his Aftermath full-length debut.

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The two songs bested Drake’s “Nice For What,” Cardi B’s “Be Careful,” and Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.”

#BonusBeat: Both songs’ music videos: