Lupe Fiasco had a special reunion of sorts during his show in Cincinnati on Monday (April 18) when he gave his official GRAMMY speech nine years after winning it.
In 2008, the rapper was unable to accept the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Daydreaming” featuring Jill Scott after falling ill with pneumonia. His lawyer accepted it on his behalf and kept it in her garage for nine years. After getting his assistant to bring it to New York last year, he was finally able to hold the coveted award in his hand for the first time.
Following his story, Lupe went into his official acceptance speech before performing The Cool single. “When I was a little kid, my father told me, we was driving through Chicago, and he used to say ‘You see all these buildings? You can take all these buildings and if you put ’em together they’ll turn into a robot,'” he said. “From that point, that was the initial point where all of my creative energies and fascination with telling stories and putting things together and seeing the potential of the world and the potential of people become things fantastically beyond their wildest dreams. So I wrote a song about it and the song is this song right here.”
Safe to say, everyone was thrilled about the reunion, including the Academy itself.
@LupeFiasco Glad you finally got your GRAMMY back!
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) April 23, 2016
Check out Lupe’s recollection of his Grammy’s journey in the fan video below.