Drake Wins Best Rap Album for ‘Take Care’ at 2013 Grammy Awards – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Feb. 10, in hip-hop history...
After being in the rap game professionally for four years, garnering accolades for his refreshing R&B-influenced style and giving us hit singles like "Best I Ever Had" and "Over," the 6 God finally snagged a golden gramophone for his sophomore studio release, taking home the award for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual awards show.
Take Care was a soul-bearing, cohesive album that showed Drake's emotional side more than any other body of work up to that point. Fueled by the singles "Marvin's Room," and "Take Care," as well as certified bangers like "The Motto" and "HYFR," Drizzy's 19-track sophomore LP debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 631,000 copies its first week and has since been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.
At this point in 2013, Drizzy had already been nominated for 12 Grammys in his relatively short career, but never won, so by most accounts, the recognition was overdue. On that night, Drake ended up beating 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 -- all widely acclaimed projects from some of the game's very best.
Fast forward to the present day, 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 record-breaking rankings on music charts across the board, just to say the least, Drake is without a doubt one of the biggest names the entertainment industry has ever seen.
To date, the 6 God has won three Grammy Awards through a staggering 42 nominations. This year, the OVO founder is up for a total of seven Grammy nominations among some of the award show's most respected categories, including Album of the Year for Scorpion, three nods for "God's Plan," -- Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance for "Nice For What," and two nominations for his contribution to Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode." The 61st annual Grammy Awards ceremony is set to air tonight on CBS.
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