He should definitely win a few!
Kendrick Lamar's most recent album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is so AH-Mazing that it earned the rapper 11 Grammy Award nominations.
While it's not quite a record — it's one shy of Michael Jacksons record 12 nominations — 11 is still INCREDIBLY impressive.
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As a result of his new album's success, the 28-year-old sat down with The New York Times and opened up about his Grammy accomplishments, and the incredible year he's had so far!
When asked about the Recording Academy acknowledging his album, Lamar responded saying:
"I wasn't surprised. The Grammys have taste. They've had taste for a long time. I'm just more excited that they recognize the time and effort put into the project — gathering all these musicians in one place for six months to a year at a time. It is truly appreciated that they can hear the different influences inside the record."
The rapper went on to talk about what the nominations mean to him:
"That's the biggest accomplishment as far as the nominations: that people recognize it as an album. It's not just a collection [of songs]. We pride ourselves on that. I wanted it to be that body of work again the same way I did with my first record. This time around, I wanted to make sure that not only were the lyrics appreciated or the beats, but the musicianship, as far as my writing skills, my arrangements. That's me challenging myself."
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The Swimming Pools rapper also recognized coming one nomination shy of Michael Jackson's record saying:
"I'm still soaking that all in. Michael will forever be the greatest. I'm glad it was at 11. I would never want to even think about putting myself on the same level as Michael, simply because I haven't put in the work that he did. It couldn't be a better number."
The Grammy nominated artist was also asked about which category he wanted to win the most, to which he replied:
"Ultimately, for the hip-hop community, I would love for us to win them all. Because we deserve that. Period…
I want all of them. Because it's not only a statement for myself, but it's a statement for the culture. They're all important, because of the foundation the forefathers laid before me. Nas didn't get a chance to be in that position. Pac. So to be acknowledged and to actually win, it's for all of them."
Is Kendrick getting cocky? Or is his talk about the larger hip hop community warranted?
Regardless of whether or not he wins them all, we wish the Alright rapper the best of luck!
How many Grammys do you think the Good Kid, M.A.A.D City rapper should win?
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