Best Rap Album Winners & Nominees Archive

grammy speech eminem 2001

Eminem wins the 2001 Grammy for Best Rap Album.


Most career Best Rap Album nominations
Jay-Z 9
Eminem 6
Kanye West 5
The Roots 4
Missy Elliott 4
Lupe Fiasco 3
Common 3
Nas 3
T.I. 3
Ludacris 3
Nelly 3

Most career Best Rap Album wins
Eminem 5
Kanye West 4
Outkast 2

Best Rap Album Winners and Nominees

Winners in bold; other nominees listed beneath.

2012: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne

2011: Recovery, Eminem
The Adventures of Bobby Ray, B.o.B
Thank Me Later, Drake
The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z
How I Got Over, the Roots

2010: Relapse, Eminem
Universal Mind Control, Common
R.O.O.T.S., Flo Rida
The Ecstatic, Mos Def
The Renaissance, Q-Tip

2009: Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne
American Gangster, Jay-Z
Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, Lupe Fiasco
Untitled, Nas
Paper Trail, T.I.

2008: Graduation, Kanye West
Finding Forever, Common
Kingdom Come, Jay-Z
Hip-Hop is Dead, Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P., T.I.

2007: Release Therapy, Ludcaris
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco
In My Mind, Pharrell
Game Theory, the Roots
King, T.I.

2006: Late Registration, Kanye West
The Massacre, 50 Cent
Be, Common
The Cookbook, Missy Elliott
Encore, Eminem

2005: The College Dropout, Kanye West
To the 5 Boroughs, Beastie Boys
The Black Album, Jay-Z
The DEFinition, LL Cool J
Suit, Nelly

2004: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast
Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ 50 Cent
Under Construction, Missy Elliott
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse
Phrenology, the Roots

2003: The Eminem Show, Eminem
Word of Mouf, Ludacris
Tarantula, Mystikal
Nellyville, Nelly
Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry, Petey Pablo

2002: Stankonia, Outkast
Scorpion, Eve
Pain is Love, Ja Rule
The Blueprint, Jay-Z
Back for the First Time, Ludacris

2001: The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
…And Then There Was X, DMX
2001, Dr. Dre
Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, Jay-Z
Country Grammar, Nelly

2000: The Slim Shady LP, Eminem
E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front, Busta Rhymes
Da Real World, Missy Elliott
I Am, Nas
Things Fall Apart, the Roots

1999: Vol 2… Hard Knock Life, Jay-Z
The Love Movement, A Tribe Called Quest
Capital Punishment, Big Pun
Life in 1472, Jermaine Dupri
Harlem World, Mase

1998: No Way Out, Puff Daddy
Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott
The Carnival, Wyclef Jean
Life After Death, Notorious B.I.G.
Wu-Tang Forever, Wu-Tang Clan

1997: The Score, Fugees
All Eyez on Me, 2Pac
Beats, Rhymes & Life, A Tribe Called Quest
Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio
Mr. Smith, LL Cool J

1996: Poverty’s Paradise, Naughty by Nature
Me Against the World, 2Pac
E 1999 Eternal, Bone Thugs N Harmony
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
I Wish, Skee-Lo