On Jan. 26, the GRAMMYs took place in Los Angles, CA where many artists gathered to await the ceremony that determined the winners. For the Hip Hop category, there were many well-deserved nominations, and it was difficult to pick one to root for.
Nipsey Hussle took home two GRAMMYs, one for best rap performance with “Racks in the Middle” featuring Roddy Rich and Hit-Boy. Hussle also who best rap and sung performance for “Higher” by DJ Khaled featuring Nip and John Legend.
There was also a tribute performance for the late rapper, which included YG, Meek Mill, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khalid, and Roddy Rich. They performed songs that have yet to be officially released, with verses from Meek Mill and Roddy Rich. They also closed it out with a tribute to Nip and Kobe Bryant with a photo of both that lightened up the big screen.
For the best rap song, 21 Savage and J. Cole took the GRAMMY home for their collaboration on “A Lot,” making it both 21 and Cole’s first GRAMMY. J. The song held a meaningful message about life’s challenges and reflecting on how the music industry plays out. Cole was also nominated in three other rap categories but unfortunately didn’t win.
When it came to the best rap album category, Tyler, The Creator won with his IGOR album that included a different take on Hip Hop, which is what Tyler has always been about. In his speech, he mentioned how he felt he didn’t quite fit into a specific category but thanked his fans for believing in him. During the backstage interview, he also touched based on how he felt about how the GRAMMY Committee votes on the categories.
“When I hear that, I’m just like why can’t we be in pop,” Tyler said. “Half of me feels like the rap nomination was just a backhanded compliment. Like, my little cousin wants to play the game. Let’s give him the unplugged controller so he can shut up and feel good about it. That’s what it felt like a bit.”
To see the complete list of winners head to the GRAMMYs official site.