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Grammys 2016: Kendrick Lamar wins Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly

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Kendrick Lamar's excellent 2015 LP To Pimp A Butterfly just nabbed its first Grammy of the evening for Best Rap Album. In his acceptance speech, Lamar thanked his label, Top Dawg, for taking him and other young artists from the streets of Compton to the Grammy stage. Then he said, "This is for hip hop. This is for Snoop Dogg, this is for Doggystyle. This is for Illmatic, this is for Nas. We will live forever, believe that."

The race for Best Rap Album was a tight one, with TPAB going up against Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint, Dr. Dre's Compton, and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.  Kendrick has the most Grammy nominations of any artist this year. He's picked up 11 in total, including a nomination for Album of the Year and one for Song of the Year.