Kendrick Lamar Wins Best Rap Album for ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ at 2016 Grammy Awards
TPAB beats out J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Dr. Dre's Compton, Drake's If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint. In Kendrick's acceptance speech the Compton native thanked TDE, his fiancée Whitney Alford. "This is for hip-hop," he said while accepting the award. The White House congratulated Kendrick for winning Best Rap Album also.
To Pimp a Butterfly was universally praised by every major music publication in the country and was one of the best albums of 2015. This is Kendrick's fifth Grammy award of the night.
2014 Forest Hills Drive one of the largest first week sales for a hip-hop album in 2014. The LP moved 361,000 units of his third studio album. In addition to to that, 2014 Forest Hills Drive broke a Spotify record as well and was streamed 15.7 million times in it's first week. Dr. Dre’s album, Compton, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Compton, which was released via Interscope Records, is Dre’s third studio album and the first we’ve heard of him in the last 16 years.
Drake's impromptu mixtape, If You're Reading This Now It's Too Late, landed him his fourth No. 1-debuting project with 535,000 units sold. At one point every song on the Toronto native’s new mixtape charted on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Drake also broke Spotify’s stream record with 23.6 million streams within the first four days of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late dropping. Nicki's The Pinkprint debuted at No. 2 on the charts, moving 244,000 units of her third studio album.
Watch Kendrick's acceptance speech above.
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