"My greatest award is what I'm about to do. I'm always thinking about the future."

  • Born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kanye West made a breakthrough with his No. 2 album, The College Dropout, in 2004. His follow-up 2005 album, the chart-topping Late Registration, earned him his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit with "Gold Digger."
  • West earned his first career GRAMMYs for 2004 for Best Rap Album (The College Dropout), Best Rap Song ("Jesus Walks") and Best R&B Song ("You Don't Know My Name"). He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 47th GRAMMYs, performing "Jesus Walks."
  • With 21 GRAMMYs, West is one of the top GRAMMY winners in history, and is tied with Jay Z as the highest-decorated hip-hop artist.
  • West spoke to students in Blue Island, Illinois, about careers in the music industry during a GRAMMY U SoundChecks installment in 2004.
  • In honor of his late mother, Donda West, Kanye West co-founded Donda's House with fellow rapper Rhymefest in 2013. Donda's House provides art and music program for at-risk students in Chicago. 

Kanye West

"My greatest award is what I'm about to do. I'm always thinking about the future."

  • Born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kanye West made a breakthrough with his No. 2 album, The College Dropout, in 2004. His follow-up 2005 album, the chart-topping Late Registration, earned him his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit with "Gold Digger."
  • West earned his first career GRAMMYs for 2004 for Best Rap Album (The College Dropout), Best Rap Song ("Jesus Walks") and Best R&B Song ("You Don't Know My Name"). He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 47th GRAMMYs, performing "Jesus Walks."
  • With 21 GRAMMYs, West is one of the top GRAMMY winners in history, and is tied with Jay Z as the highest-decorated hip-hop artist.
  • West spoke to students in Blue Island, Illinois, about careers in the music industry during a GRAMMY U SoundChecks installment in 2004.
  • In honor of his late mother, Donda West, Kanye West co-founded Donda's House with fellow rapper Rhymefest in 2013. Donda's House provides art and music program for at-risk students in Chicago. 

GRAMMY Award Results for Kanye West

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Nominations
Album Of The Year
Views
Best Rap Performance
Pop Style
Best Rap Performance
That Part
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Ultralight Beam
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Famous
Best Rap Song
Famous
Best Rap Song
Ultralight Beam
Best Rap Album
The Life Of Pablo
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Beauty Behind The Madness
Best Rap Performance
All Day
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
One Man Can Change The World
Best Rap Song
All Day
 
Nominations
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Bound 2
Best Rap Song
Bound 2
 
Nominations
Best Rap Song
New Slaves
Best Rap Album
Yeezus
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance
N****s In Paris
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
No Church In The Wild
Best Rap Song
N****s In Paris
Nominations
Best Rap Performance
Mercy
Best Rap Song
Mercy
Best Short Form Music Video
No Church In The Wild
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance
Otis
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
All Of The Lights
Best Rap Song
All Of The Lights
Best Rap Album
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Nominations
Song Of The Year
All Of The Lights
Best Rap Song
Otis
Best Rap Album
Watch The Throne
 
Nominations
Best Rap Solo Performance
Power
 
Wins
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Run This Town
Best Rap Song
Run This Town
Nominations
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Make Her Say
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Amazing
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Ego
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Knock You Down
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Swagga Like Us
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
American Boy
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Tha Carter III
Song Of The Year
American Boy
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Put On
Best Rap Song
Swagga Like Us
 
Wins
Best Rap Solo Performance
Stronger
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Southside
Best Rap Song
Good Life
Best Rap Album
Graduation
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Graduation
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Better Than I've Ever Been
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Good Life
Best Rap Song
Can't Tell Me Nothing