Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Awarded for quality songs featuring both rap and song vocals
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2002
Last awarded 2016
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (from 2017 onwards: Best Rap/Sung Performance) 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 on which rappers and singers collaborate. 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]

According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to artists for "a newly recorded Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together", and the "collaborative artist(s) should be recognized as a featured artist(s)".[3]

Americans Eve and Gwen Stefani won the first award in 2002 with "Let Me Blow Ya Mind". The pair were unsuccessfully nominated a second time in 2006 for "Rich Girl". American rapper Jay-Z has received seven Grammys in the category four times as lead artist and three times as featured artist; he has also been nominated for three other songs. Rihanna is the female artist with the most wins in the category, with four wins out of seven total nominations. T-Pain has received the most nominations in the category without a win, with five.

From 2017, the award will be known as Best Rap/Sung Performance. Solo recordings are no longer excluded, "to represent the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing".[4]


A blonde woman wearing a black and white-striped top singing into a microphone
Inaugural winner Gwen Stefani
A man dressed in black rapping in front of a band
Seven-time winner Jay Z
A man wearing a blue T-shirt, a black jacket and sunglasses
Four-time winner Kanye West
A woman wearing a flowery black dress on a red carpet
Four-time winner Rihanna
2011 winner Alicia Keys
Year[I] Performing artists Work Nominees Ref.
2002 Eve featuring Gwen Stefani "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" [5]
2003 Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland "Dilemma" [6]
2004 Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z "Crazy in Love" [7]
2005 Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon "Yeah!" [8]
2006 Linkin Park and Jay-Z "Numb/Encore" [9]
2007 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake featuring T.I. "My Love" [10]
2008 Rihanna featuring Jay-Z "Umbrella" [11]
2009 Estelle featuring Kanye West "American Boy" [12]
2010 Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West "Run This Town" [13]
2011 Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" [14]
2012 Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie "All of the Lights" [15]
2013 Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream "No Church in the Wild"
2014 Jay Z and Justin Timberlake "Holy Grail"
2015 Eminem featuring Rihanna "The Monster" [16]
2016 Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat "These Walls" [17]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  3. "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 3. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  4. Grammy Press Release, 16 June 2016
  5. "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  6. "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. January 8, 2003. p. 4. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  7. "Complete list of Grammy nominations". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. December 5, 2003. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  8. "Fast Facts: List of Grammy Nominees". Fox News Channel. February 13, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  9. "Blues, Folk, Reggae and World Music Nominees and Winners". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  10. "49th Annual Grammy Nominees". CBS News. CBS. December 7, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  11. "The Complete List of Grammy Nominees". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 6, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  12. Rich, Joshua (December 4, 2008). "Grammy nominations announced!". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  13. "Grammy Awards: List of Winners". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. January 31, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  14. "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  15. "Final Nominations List 54th Grammy Awards". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2011. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 1, 2011.
  16. "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  17. "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.

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