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Rap

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Genre

Rap

Wins*

324

Nominations*

1644

2019 - 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners

Racks In The Middle

Best Rap Performance

Racks In The Middle

Higher

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Higher

A Lot

Best Rap Song

A Lot

Igor

Best Rap Album

Igor

All Nominations From This Genre

*Through the 65th GRAMMY Nominations

Music Facts: Rap

  • The origins of rapping can be traced back centuries to griots — traveling poets, storytellers and musicians from West Africa. 

  • Rap in popular music started in the Bronx in New York City in the 1970s. It has since gone through multiple evolutions throughout the decades including: the emergence of "new school hip-hop" in the mid-'80s; the "golden age" of hip-hop and the rise of gangsta rap and West Coast rap in the late '80s and early '90s; the commercialization of mainstream rap in the late '90s; the alternative rap movement in the 2000s; and the global explosion of trap music and the so-called "SoundCloud rap" era in the 2010s. 

  • In 2017, rap and R&B became the biggest music genre in the U.S., in terms of total consumption, surpassing rock for the first time ever. 

  • Rap legends include JAY-Z, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, and the Notorious B.I.G. 

  • At the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2021, the Recording Academy introduced the Best Melodic Rap Performance category, formerly known as the Best Rap/Sung Performance category, to "represent the inclusivity of the growing hybrid performance trends within the rap genre."

All GRAMMY Awards and Nominations for Rap

Nominations

Best Rap Performance

The Heart Part 5

Best Rap Performance

F.N.F. (Let's Go)

Best Rap Performance

pushin P

Best Rap Performance

Vegas

Best Rap Performance

GOD DID

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Big Energy (Live)

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Die Hard

Best Melodic Rap Performance

First Class

Best Melodic Rap Performance

WAIT FOR U

Best Melodic Rap Performance

BEAUTIFUL

Best Rap Song

WAIT FOR U

Best Rap Song

pushin P

Best Rap Song

The Heart Part 5

Best Rap Song

GOD DID

Best Rap Song

Churchill Downs

Best Rap Album

It's Almost Dry

Best Rap Album

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Best Rap Album

Come Home The Kids Miss You

Best Rap Album

I NEVER LIKED YOU

Best Rap Album

GOD DID