Grammy Award for Best Rap Song
|Grammy Award for Best Rap Songs|
|Awarded for||Quality rap songs|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Rap Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality songs in the rap music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
The award was first presented to Eminem along with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto for the song "Lose Yourself" from the soundtrack 8 Mile in 2004. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award honors the songwriter(s) of new songs (containing both music and lyrics) or songs "first achieving prominence during the period of eligibility". Songs containing prominent samples may be eligible.
Kanye West holds the records for the most wins and nominations in this category, having won six times out of nine nominations. He is followed by Jay-Z with three wins and six nominations. Following the two, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell each have two wins. No further songwriters have won this category more than once. T.I. (a.k.a. Clifford Harris) holds the record for most nominations without a win with four.
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