Winner: Eminem "Lose Yourself"
Snoop Dogg "Beautiful" (Feat. Pharrell)
Jay Z "Excuse Me Miss" (Feat. Pharrell)
50 Cent "In Da Club"
Missy Elliott "Work It"
The first year that Best Rap Song became a category was also one of its most competitive. As we can see from the list of nominees, this was a time when The Neptunes and Timbaland were ruling the airwaves, and Dr. Dre was still cruising on his second wind. Really, "In Da Club" and "Work It" are just as deserving of the honor as Eminem, but it's hard to argue with how big a moment "Lose Yourself" was. While the Recording Academy has been known to award Eminem even when he was undeserving, it's hard to argue against his placement in what might be his most ubiquitous song here.
5 Times The Grammys Got Best Rap Song Right
Winner: Kanye West "Jesus Walks"
Snoop Dogg "Drop It Like It's Hot"
The Black Eyed Peas "Hey Mama"
The Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get It Started"
Jay-Z "99 Problems"
At the 47th annual Grammy Awards, Kanye West lost best new artist but won Best Rap Album. He delivered a jaw-dropping performance of "Jesus Walks," the song that also gave him the trophy for Best Rap Song. It was a similar breakout moment to Chance The Rapper's in 2017, and like Chance's win, it was thrilling to see such a promising newcomer praised over more established acts like Jay Z (whose track"99 Problems" gave Jay's protege some stiff competition).
T.I., Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West "Swagga Like Us"
2009 was a strange year for Rap Song nominees, with many of them skewering towards the synthetic and melodic. Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" fits both descriptors, but it's more unique and memorable than its competitors. Collaborating with the legendary songwriter Static Major (who died before he could see the song hit #1 on the Hot 100), Wayne earned his biggest song yet, and while it may not be his definitive single, it will forever be remembered as the point where Wayne became the biggest rapper alive to go along with his best rapper alive title.
Winner: Jay Z and Kanye West "N*ggas In Paris"
Wale "Lotus Flower Bomb" (Feat. Miguel)
Kanye West "Mercy" (Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
Drake "The Motto" Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa "Young, Wild & Free" (Feat. Bruno Mars)
Jay Z and Kanye West's "N*ggas In Paris" was a song great enough that they would perform it multiple times in a row to close their Watch The Throne tour. The record was inescapable throughout the year, and stands as one of Ye and Jay's best collaborations. It's still sounds as strong as ever in 2017 as well.
Winner: Kendrick Lamar "Alright"
Kanye West "All Day"
Common and John Legend "Glory"
Fetty Wap "Trap Queen"
After he lost Best Rap Album to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis a few years prior , Kendrick Lamar got the recognition he deserves with To Pimp A Butterfly, which won for Best Rap Album, while "Alright" took best song. As perfect as "Trap Queen" may be, Kendrick earned the top honor with a record that was as culturally impactful as it was masterfully written.
Solange Sides With Frank Ocean; Throws Shade At Grammys
Solange co-signs Frank Ocean's comments yesterday.
Looking back at the moments where the right artists were honored in the Best Rap Song Category.
The Grammys isn't generally on the right side of history, especially when it comes to rap. We've seen many upsets in the hip-hop categories at ceremonies past, but a broken clock is still right twice a day, and there have been a few moments where everything lined up correctly at the awards (Chance The Rapper's win for Best New Artist yesterday, for example).
Click through the galleries above to see 5 times the Best Rap Song award went to a deserving candidate. Let us know your opinion on the various awards in the comments below.