Today in Hip-Hop: Drake Wins Best Rap Album for ‘Take Care’ at 2013 Grammy Awards
On this day, Feb. 10, in hip-hop history...
2013: Canadian rapper Drake won his first Grammy Award for his 2011 album, Take Care on Feb. 10, 2013. Drizzy took home the award for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual awards show.
After being in the rap game professionally for four years, garnering accolades for his refreshing R&B influence, style and giving us hit singles like "Best I Ever Had" and "Over," the 6ix God finally snagged a golden gramophone for his sophomore studio release. Take Care was a soul-bearing, cohesive album that showed Drake's emotional side more than any other body of work thus far. Fueled by the singles "Marvin's Room," and "Take Care" as well as bangers like "The Motto" and "HYFR," Drizzy's Take Care debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 631,000 copies its first week.
In 2013, Drake had already been nominated for 12 Grammys at that point in his career, so the recognition was overdue. Drake beat out Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. Pt. 1, Nas' Life Is Good, The Roots' Undun, Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't and 2 Chainz's Based on a T.R.U. Story to win the honor.
Fast forward and Drake is dominating the rap game like no other artist out. With multi-million dollar, never-done-before endorsements, a fashion brand, his own festival and one of the most successful albums of 2016, Drake was nominated once again heading into the 2017 Grammys, including Best Rap Album as well as Album of the Year for Views. He didn't win last year, and didn't submit More Life to the Grammys for 2018.
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