In a reflection of the current state of pop, in which hip-hop and urban music are the dominating forces, artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars are among the top nominees the 60th Grammy Awards, to be held Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Kendrick Lamar’s seven Grammy nominations bring his all-time total to an impressive 29 — including three for the Recording Academy’s most prestigious prize, album of the year. (In January, his “Damn” will compete for that title with Jay-Z’s “4:44,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Lorde’s “Melodrama” and “Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino.)
But how many Grammys has the celebrated Compton rapper actually taken home?
The answer is seven.
Though he lost album of the year both times he was previously nominated — first to Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” in 2014, then to Taylor Swift’s “1989” in 2016 — Lamar won best rap song and best rap performance two years in a row.
In 2015, he took the trophies with his song “i,” from “To Pimp a Butterfly.” And last year he did the same with another track from that album, “Alright.”
Lamar’s three other Grammy wins also came in 2016: for best rap/sung collaboration (for “These Walls”), best rap album (“To Pimp a Butterfly”) and best music video (the remix of Swift’s “Bad Blood”).
In addition to album of the year, his latest nominations are for record of the year, best rap performance, best rap song and best music video (all for “Humble”), best rap/sung performance (“Loyalty”) and best rap album.