In any artistic medium or discipline, there will usually be an institution that recognizes the best of the best in this world. Music is no different, with love being shown to artists’ achievements through the media with year-end lists or whole days and street names named after rappers. One of the most popular ways in hip-hop to separate the good from the great is giving away awards. When trophies are awarded for everything from a great single to a legendary album, it’s a major achievement. Rap music has a lot of heavyweights in the awards space although the genre still doesn’t get the full blossoms it rightfully deserves. To celebrate the great victories that rappers have received over the years, XXL shines a spotlight on rappers who have won many awards, from old school living legends to some of the more recent names. Specifically, the focus is on the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
Two of modern rap’s greatest superstars, Duck and Kendrick Lamar, have won numerous awards while exploding at the same time. Drake was recently awarded the Artist of the Decade award by Billboard and won 26 awards from the institution prior to this honor. Kendrick Lamar has been quiet on the music front for a while, but his trophy case must be making a lot of noise in his cradle. K-Dot has won 13 Grammys, the most recent of which is the 2019 Best Rap Performance award for “Kings Dead” with Jay Rock, Future and James Blake. The awards will never be everything, but the amount of material Drake and Kendrick have received illustrates their stature in hip-hop.
This list also includes rappers who have been in rap stardom for over 20 years. Jay Z and Eminem, two artists widely recognized as hip-hop legends, have trophy cases that reflect this. Jay has 23 Grammy Awards and 22 BET Hip-Hop Awards, as well as 14 MTV Video Music Awards. If this is a music awards ceremony, Hov cleaned up there. Em isn’t far either, with 15 Grammys, 17 Billboard Music Awards, and tying Jay-Z with 14 MTV Video Music Awards. These two acclaimed artists prove that longevity offers more room for accolades.
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