Every Winner of the Best Rap Album Grammy Award Over the Past 25 Years
Many Grammy Awards ceremonies have come and gone. There were a lot of great moments. In 2015, Kanye West shut things down with his two performances. And then, he walked on stage right before Beck gave his acceptance speech for winning Best Album of the Year over Beyoncé. There were the political statements made by Common, Beyoncé and Pharrell to publicly support the Black Lives Matter movement by doing the Hands Up, Don't Shoot pose. And there was also Prince. But one thing that wasn't shown was Eminem winning Best Rap Album of the year. That award was given out before the award show started, making that six out of seven Eminem albums that won the prestigious award.
Over the years, Cardi B's feat can't be forgotten either. Her win for Invasion of Privacy in 2019, made the Bronx, N.Y. rhymer the first solo rapper to take home the award. Lauryn Hill won the award as well in 1997, for The Score album as a part of the Fugees.
Tyler, The Creator won in this category as well in 2020, but called out the Recording Academy for the selection process because he felt his LP, Igor, should've been in a pop music category and not rap.
Either way, the Grammy Awards is still one of the biggest nights in music for all genres, including hip-hop and hip-hop-adjacent artists.
Here, XXL takes a look at all the Grammy winners for the Best Rap Album category since it was introduced back in 1996.
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