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Complete List of Kanye West’s Grammy-Winning Albums and Songs

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Kanye West has won 24 Grammy Awards, making him the joint tenth-most awarded artist in Grammy history. He is also tied with Jay-Z for the most Grammys won by a hip-hop artist.

West’s style is characterized by his use of soulful samples, innovative drum programming, and a unique sense of melody. His work has influenced countless artists in the hip-hop and pop genres, and he is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in modern music.

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This article will provide a comprehensive list of all the albums and songs for which Kanye West has won a Grammy Award. It will cover his entire career, from his early days as a producer to his most recent work as a solo artist. By exploring the many Grammy-winning albums and songs of Kanye West, readers will gain a deeper appreciation for his artistry and the impact he has had on the music industry.

Early Career Albums

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Kanye West’s early career albums were instrumental in establishing him as a prominent figure in the hip-hop industry. His debut album, The College Dropout (2004), earned him his first three Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song for “Jesus Walks,” and Best R&B Song for “You Don’t Know My Name.” The album was a commercial success, peaking at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and receiving widespread critical acclaim.

West’s second album, Late Registration (2005), continued his success and earned him another three Grammy Awards. The album featured collaborations with Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, and Jay-Z, and included hit songs such as “Gold Digger” and “Touch the Sky.” West won the awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for “Gold Digger,” and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix).”

In 2007, Kanye West released his third album, “Graduation,” which marked a departure from his previous albums’ soulful sound and incorporated more electronic and pop elements. The album was a commercial and critical success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and earning West three more Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for “Stronger” and Best Rap Song for “Good Life” featuring T-Pain. 

Kanye West’s ninth studio album “Jesus Is King” (2019), marked a shift towards gospel music. The album was a full-blown conversation, earning the artist now known as Ye a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. 

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In 2020, West doubled down on the gospel with ‘Donda’ silencing any doubts about his newfound devotion. Despite its lack of profanity, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, marking West’s tenth consecutive chart-topping album. Donda also earned four nominations at the 64th Grammy awards, winning two, Best Rap Song for “Jail” featuring Jay-Z and Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Hurricane.” 

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Peak Success Albums

Over the course of his career, Kanye West has won a total of 24 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most successful artists in the history of the awards. Several of his albums have contributed to his success, and in this section, we will discuss some of his most successful albums.</p>

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Released in 2010, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is considered by many to be Kanye West’s best work. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2012, and its lead single “All of the Lights” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song the same year. The album features collaborations with several artists, including Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, and Nicki Minaj.

Graduation

“Graduation” is Kanye West’s third studio album, released in 2007. The album features hit singles such as “Stronger,” “Good Life,” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2008 and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album features a more electronic and futuristic sound compared to his previous works.

Late Registration

“Late Registration” is Kanye West’s second studio album, released in 2005. The album features collaborations with artists such as Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, and Jay-Z. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2006 and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album features a mix of orchestral and hip-hop sounds, and its lead single “Gold Digger” was a hit on the charts.

Collaborative Works

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Kanye West has collaborated with a wide range of artists throughout his career, producing some of the most iconic songs in hip-hop history. One of his most famous collaborations was with Jay-Z on the album “Watch the Throne” (2011). The album won three Grammys for Best Rap Performance for the song “Otis”, Best Rap Sung Collaboration for “No Church In The Wild” and a two additional Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “N**as In Paris.” 

Another notable collaboration was with Rihanna and Jay-Z on the song “Run This Town” (2010), which won two Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. 

West has also worked with a number of other artists, including Kid Cudi, Bon Iver, and Travis Scott. His collaboration with Kid Cudi on the album “Kids See Ghosts” (2018) was widely praised by critics and fans alike, and earned a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Beyond the mentioned collaborations, Kanye West has secured Grammy wins for various tracks, including “Swagga Like Us” (Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, 2009), “American Boy” (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, 2009), “Southside” (Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, 2008), and “You Don’t Know My Name” (Best R&B Song, 2005).

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Kanye West albums have won a Grammy?

Kanye West has won a total of 24 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has won Grammys for his albums “The College Dropout,” “Late Registration,” “Graduation,” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

How many Grammy Awards has Kanye West received?

Kanye West has received a total of 75 Grammy Award nominations, winning 24 of them. He is tied with Jay-Z for the most Grammy wins by a rapper.

Did Kanye West win a Grammy for Album of the Year?

While Kanye West has earned nominations for Album of the Year at the Grammys, he has not secured a victory in that specific category. Notably, he has claimed Grammy wins for Best Rap Album with “The College Dropout” in 2005, “Late Registration” in 2006, and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in 2012.

What are the titles of Kanye West’s Grammy-winning songs?

Kanye West has won Grammys for his songs “Jesus Walks,” “All of the Lights,” “Otis,” “N****s in Paris,” “No Church in the Wild,” “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” “Good Life,” Hurricane,” “Jail,” among others.</p>

Has Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ received any Grammy Awards?

Yes, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” won three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album, while the album’s its lead single “All of the Lights” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song respectively.

What is the total count of awards, including Grammys, that Kanye West has won?

Kanye West has won a total of 271 awards throughout his career, including 24 Grammy Awards, 2 BET Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 MTV Video Music Awards, among others.

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