Kendrick Lamar is set to take the stage later tonight at the 2016 Grammy Awards, but before that, the 28-year-old rapper snagged his first on-air award for Best Rap Album with To Pimp a Butterfly.
In his speech, Lamar thanked God, his parents, his Top Dawg Entertainment affiliates and his longtime girlfriend, Whitney Alford. The “Alright” rapper also gave a shout out to Nas and Snoop Dogg, two artists who have yet to gain a Grammy Award themselves despite their notoriety and success.
Snoop Dogg gained 17 Grammy nominations while Nas has stacked up 11 nods, but neither have won the golden statue. The two also represent hip-hop’s east coast and west coast, respectively. “This is for hip-hop. We will live forever!” said K. Dot at the end of his acceptance speech.
Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly took the music world by storm since its release last February.
This is K. Dot’s fifth Grammy Award of the night. He’s already won Best Rap Performance (“Alright”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“These Walls”), Best Rap Song (“Alright”) and Best Music Video (“Bad Blood.”) It seems the award ceremony is making up for snubbing him in
Many hip-hop fans called foul when Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city lost to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop in 2014. Even the “White Privilege” rapper had to agree.
Nonetheless, with a set of great nominations, we’re happy to see To Pimp a Butterfly get the win. Congratulations Kendrick Lamar!
Check out what tweeters are saying about Kendrick’s win below.
really dope that @icecube presented the award to @kendricklamar. passing of the torch in a sense.
— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) February 16, 2016
When Kendrick Lamar said his girl has always been supporting him, he really meant it. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/KQGVIERVYb
— Only Hip Hop Facts (@OnlyHipHopFacts) February 16, 2016
So well deserved @kendricklamar #grammys #wegonbealright
— afrobella (@afrobella) February 16, 2016
SHINE ON, BLACK MAN! @KENDRICKLAMAR pic.twitter.com/Zaql7vgsKs
— Tina and Jeff's Boy (@CoryTownes) February 16, 2016
I've never cared about @TheGRAMMYs, but I feel emotionally invested in @kendricklamar winning #AlbumOfTheYear. Please win. Restore hope. <3
— Nerve Leak (@nerveleak) February 16, 2016
I can't get jiggy w/ Kendrick Lamar. He doesn't touch my soul. I can't relate. I respect him as an artist tho.
— Quise. (@KixLikeNinjas) February 16, 2016
But hey my boy Kendrick Lamar won rap album!! and thats all that matters!
— Joe Fischer (@JoeFisch782) February 16, 2016
Congrats to @kendricklamar for Best Rap Album – that record has been stuck in my ears for months
— Christopher Haynes (@_chrishaynes) February 16, 2016