10 Iconic Rappers That Have Never Won A Grammy Award
It's arguably the most prestigious music awards ceremony in the world, so why have some of rap and hip-hops most iconic names, including Tupac, Nas and Kendrick Lamar, never taken home a Grammy Award?
1. Notorious B.I.G aka Biggie Smalls
Although Biggie's career was cut far too short, he released hit after hit after hit and earned four Grammy nominations, but never got that recognition in the form of a shiny Gramophone. Surely a contender for the 'special recognition' gong? (Which we’ve just made up.) Picture: Rex
2. Tupac Shakur
Nominated seven times, legendary rapper Tupac was up for two awards in 1996 but never took home the gong.
3. Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes missed out on taking home a Grammy award to Will Smith two years in a row! That’s gotta hurt.
4. Snoop Dogg
He has received an amazing 16 nominations and yet has never taken home the top prize - but Snoop Dogg can be proud of earnings a nomination in the unlikely 'Best Reggae Album' category for his 2013 release 'Reincarnated'. Still, he can’t be too disappointed, he has lost out to some of the best, including Dr Dre, Beyoncé and Kanye West.
5. Nicki Minaj
If awards for 'most talked about performance' were being handed out, Nicki no doubt would have at least six (to match the amount of actual nominations she’s had over the past couple of years). As if you needed reminding, that self-exorcism at the 2012 awards ceremondt was and will probably be one of the most ‘out there’ in the awards’ history.
6. The Game
Believe it or not, The Game and Fiddy lost out to The Black Eyed Peas for the 'Best Rap Performance' award back in 2006. Picture: PA
DMX’s omission from any nominations sparked a boycott from his pal Jay Z in 1999 - and that man knows what it takes to make award winning tunes.
8. J. Cole
J. Cole might be pretty new to the scene but that hasn't stopped him scooping a stack of other awards in that short time. With the release of his highly regarded '2014 Forest Hills Drive' album, it must be his turn soon, surely?
9. Run DMC
Despite being considered to be up there with the pioneers of hip hop in the 1980s and selling albums by the multi-millions, the Queens trio are still without that elusive trophy in their extensive collection. Picture: Getty