Today in Hip-Hop: OutKast Win Album of the Year at the 2004 Grammy Awards
On this day, Feb. 8, in hip-hop history...
2004: OutKast won three Grammys at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards for their work on the iconic duel album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Two of the golden gramophones they went home with that night were for Best Rap Album and the coveted Album of the Year, the first to ever go to a rap group. They took the award over Under Construction by Missy Elliott, Fallen by Evanescence, Justified by Justin Timberlake and Elephant by The White Stripes.
The solo double feature album was released Sept. 8, 2003 debuting at No.1 on the Billboard charts. For this classic the group took a different approach offering fans two solo albums that gave a look at their unique musical prospective. The album released two singles simultaneously, “The Way You Move,” from Big Boi’s Speakerboxx and “Hey Ya!” from Andre 3000’s The Love Below, both, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The commercial hit would go on to have another hit single “Roses,” which featured the duo doing what they do best, perform together.
Outkast would follow up the success of Speakerboxx/The Love Below with a feature film Idlewild in 2006. The musical would feature many songs from their dual album and would produce a soundtrack that also debuted at number one. Though the duo has reconciled since taking a hiatus, that soundtrack would be Big Boi and Andre 3000 last group album to date. The year 2014 saw OutKast reuniting for an international festival tour, much to the surprise of their fans.—Christina Garner
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