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XXL’s Real Rap Grammy Winners Announced, Jay-Z Still Wins Three

When the nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced there were a few suspect artists on the rap ballots. Namely, comedy act The Lonely Island’s hokey, T-Pain–assisted “I’m on a Boat” being selected as one of the five Best Rap/Sung Collaboration candidates.

In response, the XXL staff scrapped the Grammy committee’s nominees in favor of our own that you, the reader, would vote on. To keep it one hundred, we abided by the Grammy’s official rules for eligibility, which took notable 2009 releases like Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 and Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 out of this year’s race (but look for them on next year’s ballot for sure).

With the polls closing last night and nearly 10,000 votes cast, we finally have the winners in XXL’s Real Rap Grammy Awards. For the most part, the people’s choices matched those of the actual awards show, but rap rookie Drake managed to steal one away from Jay-Z.

Without further ado, the winners are…

XXL‘s Best Rap Solo Performance Winner
Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” (41%, 822 Votes)

XXL‘s Best Rap Performance By A Duo/Group Winner
Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – “Forever” (69%, 1,373 Votes)

XXL‘s Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Winner
Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West – “Run This Town” (40%, 789 Votes)

XXL‘s Best Rap Song Winner
Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” (43%, 833 Votes)

XXL‘s Best Rap Album Winner
Eminem – Relapse (39%, 766 Votes)

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