'To Pimp A Butterfly' is also up for Album Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar has dedicated his Best Rap Album Grammy for his second album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ to “hip-hop”.
Picking up the first award of the main ceremony, the Compton rapper started his acceptance speech by saying: “First off, glory to God, that’s for sure.”
He then went on to thank his family and management company, Top Dawg Entertainment, for “taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage to be the best that they can be.”
Lamar finished by saying: “Hip-hop. Ice Cube. This for hip-hop. This for Snoop Dog, ‘Doggy Style’, This for ‘Illimatic’, this for Nas. We will live forever. Believe that.”
Other albums nominated in the category included J. Cole’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’, Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’, Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ and Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’.
The award is Lamar’s fifth Grammy of the night, having already been awarded four gongs during the pre-telecast event.
They include Best Music Video alongside Taylor Swift for their collaboration on ‘Bad Blood’, plus Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for ‘Alright’, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for ‘These Walls’, which features Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat.
You can keep up with all the winners at this year’s Grammy awards via NME‘s rolling winners blog.