"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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Wins
Best Rap Solo Performance
Gold Digger
Best Rap Song
Diamonds From Sierra Leone
Best Rap Album
Late Registration
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Gold Digger
Album Of The Year
The Emancipation Of Mimi
Album Of The Year
Late Registration
Best R&B Song
Unbreakable
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
They Say
 
Wins
Best R&B Song
You Don't Know My Name
Best Rap Song
Jesus Walks
Best Rap Album
The College Dropout
Nominations
Album Of The Year
The Diary Of Alicia Keys
Album Of The Year
The College Dropout
Song Of The Year
Jesus Walks
Best New Artist
Best Rap Solo Performance
Through The Wire
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Slow Jamz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
All Falls Down