Grammy Predictions: Who Walks Away a Winner in Hip-Hop?


The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are set to broadcast live on Sunday, February 10. The ceremony will boast performances by artists such as Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, and is shaping up to be an awards show to remember. As a rap magazine, it’s only right we weigh in on the major categories for hip-hop: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album.

Here’s who we predict will walk away with a Grammy. We even threw in our two-cents on the marquee categories—Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. With just a handful of days away, continue reading to see if any of your favorite nominees made our cut.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

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  • Layshawn Edwards

    while orange channel was awesome, fun’s album will totally dominate this category. not many pple even knoww who frank ocean is

  • Leto El

    Thank you XXL for recognizing the awesomeness of Undun! I feared that you would have given the Grammy to a less-than-average artist and album like 2 Chainz

  • jango boy


  • karlon burkett

    Lupe Fiasco.

  • kadir

    why is watch the throne nominated 2 years after being released?

    • Smh

      The release date was too late so it wasn’t eligible. Same as Good Kid M.A.A.D City, it will be nominated for next years grammy’s.

  • Jessica

    Amy Winehouse passed on far too young, so I hope that she and Nas win for best Rap/Sung Collaboration. I know that there are going to be a lot of surprises and upsets by tomorrow night’s winners so I want to make sure that I get them DVRd because it’s going to be the hot topic of the day when I go into my office at DISH Monday morning. I also like having the live performances saved, and since my DISH Hopper DVR can hold up to 1,250 SD or 450 HD hours of whatever I want to record, I know that I can keep this year’s Grammys saved along with my favorite TV shows and movies without worry of running out of room.