Grammy Award for Best Rap Song

Grammy Award for Best Rap Songs
Awarded for Quality rap songs
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2004
Last awarded 2016
Official website

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 and Pharrell each have two wins. No further songwriters have won this category more than once. T.I. (aka 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, performing in 2009
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
Two-time winner Kendrick Lamar
Year[I] Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees[III] Ref.
2004 Bass, JeffJeff Bass
Luis Resto
"Lose Yourself" Eminem [4]
2005 Ben-Ari, MiriMiri Ben-Ari
Che Smith
Kanye West
"Jesus Walks" West, KanyeKanye West [5]
2006 Harris, DevonDevon Harris
Kanye West
"Diamonds from Sierra Leone" West, KanyeKanye West [6]
2007 Ludacris
Pharrell Williams
"Money Maker" Ludacris featuring Pharrell [7]
2008 Davis, AldrinAldrin Davis
Faheem Najm
Kanye West
"Good Life" West, KanyeKanye West featuring T-Pain [8]
2009 Carter, DwayneDwayne Carter
Stephen Garrett
Darius Harrison
Jim Jonsin
Rex Zamor
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major [9]
2010 Shawn Carter
R. Fenty
M. Riddick
Kanye West
E. Wilson
"Run This Town" Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West [10]
2011 Carter, ShawnShawn Carter
Angela Hunter
Alicia Keys
Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic
Alexander Shuckburgh
"Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys [11]
2012 Jeff Bhasker
Stacy Ferguson
Malik Jones
Warren Trotter
Kanye West
"All of the Lights" Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie [12]
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 [15]
2016 Kendrick Duckworth
Kawan Prather
Mark Anthony Spears
Pharrell Williams
"Alright" Kendrick Lamar [16]

See also


  1. "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 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
  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.

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