5 Rappers Who Should Have Won "Best New Artist" At The Grammy Awards But Didn't
January 23, 2013 - 10:41 pm
The Rapper: Drake
Nominated For "Best New Artist" At: The 2011 Grammy Awards
Beat Out By: Esperanza Spalding
Why He Should Have Won: Spalding's victory on Grammy night was huge for the jazz community. But, let's be honest: If you look back at the year leading up to the 2011 Grammys, no rappers, rookie or veteran, had an impact like the one that Drake had. So, it's a crime that he didn't get rewarded for it.
The Rapper: 50 Cent
Nominated For "Best New Artist" At: The 2004 Grammy Awards
Beat Out By: Evanescence
Why He Should Have Won: A lot of rappers say they want to change the rap game. 50 actually did it. From his approach to rapping (beef with everybody!) to his approach to releasing free music through mixtapes, 50 had a huge impact on the way we listen to and enjoy music.
The Rapper: Puff Daddy
Nominated For "Best New Artist" At: The 1998 Grammy Awards
Beat Out By: Paula Cole
Why He Should Have Won: Although he's not the best rapper we've ever heard, Puff started to make his mark as a solo artist in '98 and built an empire. Cole had a couple of nice songs. But, Puff was putting together something much, much bigger. Grammy voters should have recognized that.
The Rapper: Tone Loc
Nominated For "Best New Artist" At: The 1990 Grammy Awards
Beat Out By: Milli Vanilli
Why He Should Have Won: We're not going to sit here and stan for Tone Loc. But, c'mon: He lost to a couple of guys who didn't even perform their own music! Really, Grammy voters?!