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


Best Rap Performance


Drake Ft. Lil’ Wayne, “HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)”
Label: Cash Money Records; Track from: Take Care

Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N****s In Paris”
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC; Track from: Watch the Throne

Nas, “Daughters”
Label: Def Jam; Track from: Life is Good

Kanye West Ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Label: G.O.O.D. Music / Island Def Jam; Track from: Cruel Summer

Young Jeezy Ft. Jay-Z & André 3000, “I Do”
Label: Def Jam; Track from: TM 103: Hustler’s Ambition

Prediction: Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N****s In Paris”

This is one of those categories where you wish it encompassed more underground talent. Regardless, the mainstream produced several hits that stayed heavily on your playlist. Again, it’s hard to pick a clear winner since all these songs are big for different audiences. However, we see Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas In Paris” receiving the award for the Best Rap Performance.

Jay won one last year with Swizz Beatz for “On to the Next One.” Together with ‘Ye, he plans on going for a victory rap as The Throne based on the fact that “Paris” was so inescapable. Just on The Throne tour alone, watching them break record after record for consecutive performances of “Paris” was surreal. Who else can play a song 11 times and still get people hyped?

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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.