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Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake Tie Anderson .Paak To Win Best Rap Performance | 2019 GRAMMYs
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake tied with Anderson .Paak for Best Rap Performance at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, for "King's Dead" and "Bubblin," respectively. It is the first-ever GRAMMY wins for Rock, Future, Blake and .Paak, and the 13th career win for Lamar.
Rock accepted the award for the group and gave a speech during the GRAMMY Premier Ceremony.
"I wanna give a big shoutout to my lil bro Kendrick for letting me be part of the [Black Panther] soundtrack. Shouts out to everybody that got nominated," Rock said in his brief speech. He talked more about the win in a follow up interview backstage.
"King's Dead" is one of the singles from Black Panther: The Album, the project Lamar led in support of the 2018 hit film Black Panther. The track is also featured on Rock's third studio album, Redemption. "Bubblin" is a one-off single from .Paak, released before he dropped his third LP, Oxnard, in November.
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— CHEEKY ANDY (@AndersonPaak) February 11, 2019
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Lamar earned his first career GRAMMY nominations at the 56th GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Album Of The Year for Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. He won his first career wins—for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "I"—the following year at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. Rock earned his first nomination for his feature on "Money Trees," from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.
Future earned his first nod for his feature on Drake's track "Grammys," from Views, which was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. Blake received his first nomination for Best New Artist at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, the same year Lamar was in the running.
.Paak, meanwhile, earned his first two career GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Malibu at 59th GRAMMY Awards. He made his GRAMMY stage debut that year, performing a medley alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Consequence and Busta Rhymes.