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Rap

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Genre

Rap

Wins*

335

Nominations*

1643

2006 - 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners

What You Know

Best Rap Solo Performance

What You Know

T.I.

Ridin

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

Ridin

Chamillionaire

My Love

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

My Love

Justin Timberlake

Money Maker

Best Rap Song

Money Maker

Release Therapy

Best Rap Album

Release Therapy

Ludacris

All Nominations From This Genre

*Through the 66th GRAMMY Awards

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

Wins

Best Rap Performance

SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS

Best Melodic Rap Performance

All My Life

Best Rap Song

SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS

Best Rap Album

MICHAEL

Nominations

Best Rap Performance

Players

Best Rap Performance

Rich Flex

Best Rap Performance

Love Letter

Best Rap Performance

The Hillbillies

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Low

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Spin Bout U

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Attention

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Sittin' On Top Of The World

Best Rap Song

Rich Flex

Best Rap Song

Just Wanna Rock

Best Rap Song

Barbie World [From Barbie The Album]

Best Rap Song

Attention

Best Rap Album

UTOPIA

Best Rap Album

King's Disease III

Best Rap Album

HEROES & VILLIANS

Best Rap Album

Her Loss