See Best Rap Performance Nominees & Winners at the Grammys Over the Years
The 60th annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The biggest night in music was held in Manhattan, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden, making it the first time in 15 years that the event brought the musicians to New York City.
Kendrick Lamar took home the most awards in hip-hop, including Best Rap Performance for his viral single "Humble," off the 2018 Best Rap Album, Damn. K. Dot also won Best Video, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Loyalty" with Rihanna.
The creation of the Best Rap Performance category was the first time the Grammys recognized hip-hop at the ceremony, with the first honor being presented during the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989. The award was given to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince for their hit single “Parents Just Don't Understand."
However, both DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith plus the other nominees LL Cool J and Salt-n-Pepa boycotted the ceremony because the award wasn't presented on TV. The honor was given out again at the 32nd Grammy Awards in 1990, then was later split into two categories: Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Those two awards was combined again in 2012, when the Grammys restructured their categories and the Best Rap Performance category returned at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.
This year's other nominees for Best Rap Performance included Big Sean's "Bounce Back," Jay-Z's "444," Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow," and Migos' "Bad and Boujee" featuring Lil Uzi Vert.
Take a look at the gallery above to see the Best Rap Performance Nominees & Winners at the Grammys Over the Years.