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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  • DV8

    Only Pop artist want to be recognized by the Grammy Academy and Im like Myley Cyrus I dont listen to pop music.


  • latino heat

    i’m obviously not hearing whatever everyone else is hearing on that Eminem album. Q-Tip got robbed again.

    • DV8

      co-sign that. Em’s album was okay in my book. Had some stand out tracks but alot more filler in my opinion

    • jtm

      that is right q tip or mos def should have won that and relapse was the worst album eminem ever did i was very disappointed on him i hope he is more serious on relapse 2.

      • hippaToDaHoppa

        wrong on that bro. Encore was straight trash, relapse smashes that shit. no subjectivity. thats fact.


    Damn….Birdman got robbed again.

    • jtm

      haha you are funny

  • Mr. Q

    I think “The Relapse” was the best album of the year. It had great production from Em & Dre, Em had great lyrics with different flow patterns, and it was different.
    I also think DOOM could have won for “Born Like This”, but that would never happen.
    Also wished that Foreign Exchange would’ve won in their catagory.

  • asap1491

    birdman did get robbed lol

  • Teddy

    pop music really isnt pop music its just the most friendly batch of any given genre

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol kid pistol

    anybody saying Birdman got robbed is bound to get killlllllllt or die a horrible death in the near future.

  • caino

    man that ‘on a Boat’ song was funny as hell tho!

  • Avenger XL

    What does the grammys mean beside an evening of self indulgance for industry whores and pop artists to stroke their own fragile ego. The award is no longer based on artistic merit(if it ever firmly was). You never see the slum dog million air of albums cleaning up at the grammys. Everything even the newcomers are groomed by the elite and given the illusion of fresh new talent by marketing. Bottomline two old standbys aka cop out won the hip-hop grammy. Ems album was solid but it is still not his best work,he is technically as ill as he has ever been but you can see that he is getting lazy on the subject matter(the jimmy ivine formula). The production served the purpose of this phaze of Ems career. I just hope to hear one last Marshall Matthers/Devils night EM album before he calls it quits. Jay-Z is such a brand now but that album is what I said it was a solid hip-pop listen that you woun’t be ashamed of bumping on a drive. It has a lot of good replay value but it isn’t driven towards the heads. It was to continue the longevity of the brand and does anybody notice that jigga is the first 40yr old rapper to pull off such a stunt in the young fool game of hip-hop.

    • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

      Avenger -

      I don’t see how you can be SO damn on-point with some of your opinions, and then so off immediately after. That Jay album was super nice, I wouldn’t say pop though. The most “pop” song on there was Venus vs Mars, which is trash anyways. Next would be Empire State of Mind, but not even that so much, just cuz it has singing on it.

  • rachwel