How Many Grammys Does Kendrick Lamar Have?

After the 2023 Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar has accumulated 17 wins and 47 nominations, putting him in 3rd place behind Jay-Z and Kanye West. 

Here is a list of Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning Albums and songs.

YearCategory SongAlbum
2015Best Rap Performance I
2015Best Rap SongI
2016Best Rap AlbumTo Pimp A Butterfly
2016 Best Rap Performance Alright To Pimp A Butterfly
2016Best Rap/Sung Collaboration“These Walls” Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & ThundercatTo Pimp A Butterfly
2016Best Rap SongAlright To Pimp A Butterfly
2018Best Rap Performance HumbleDAMN.
2018Best Rap/Sung Performance “Loyalty” Feat. RihannaDAMN.
2018Best Rap SongHumbleDAMN.
2018Best Rap AlbumDAMN.
2018Best Music VideoHumbleDAMN.
2019Best Rap Performance Black Panther “King’s Dead” Feat. Future, Jay Rock, James Blame Black Panther
2022Best Rap Performance Baby Keem “Family Times” Feat. Kendrick Lamar The Melodic Blue
2023Best Rap Performance The Heart Part 5
2023Best Rap SongThe Heart Part 5
2023Best Rap AlbumMr. Morale & The Big Steppers


Kendrick Lamar Grammy History 

Kendrick Lamar continues to write his name in history. The Compton rapper known for his socially conscious songwriting has received numerous awards and certifications for his work as a recording artist.

Kendrick first gained traction as a teenager under the stage name K. Dot, which he eventually dropped in favor of his first and middle names. Though he signed to Top Dawg Entertainment in 2005, Lamar would have to wait for nearly six years (2011) before he was allowed to release his debut album under the label. It turned out to be a masterstroke as the album proved to be worth the wait, earning rave reviews from underground hip-hop fans. 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 08: Dr. Dre (L) and Kendrick Lamar pose in the press room at the 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Following the album’s success, Dr. Dre signed Kendrick Lamar to his Aftermath imprint the following year (2012). The then-young rapper quickly went to work, and in October released his major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which served as his first album under Aftermath Entertainment, and second album overall. GKMC received widespread acclaim from hip-hop fans and critics for its progressive theme, and lyrics. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and earned Lamar four Grammy Award nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. 

Since making his Grammys debut at the 2014 ceremony, Kendrick Lamar has earned a total of 47 nominations. He has also been the recipient of the Best Rap Album award three times in a row. In addition to winning Best Rap Album at the 2023 Grammys with Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, he previously won AOTY awards for DAMN. and To Pimp A Butterfly in 2016, and 2018 respectively. 

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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JULY 24: Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during day three of Rolling Loud Miami 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium on July 24, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)


Lamar’s third studio album, “To Pimp A Butterfly” came out in 2015. The album received universal critical acclaim upon release, and was nominated for seven Grammy Awards at the 2016 Grammys. He won four awards out of the seven on offer including his first ever Best Rap Album win. He also received four additional nominations for other collaborations from that year, receiving a total of 11 Grammy nominations, which was the most nominations for any rapper in a single night.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar performs on stage during the Coca-Cola Music Mix at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival Day 2 at Discovery Green on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Turner)

Kendrick Lamar’s fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, came out in 2022. This album earned eight nominations at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, including a historic fourth nomination for Album of the Year. The album also became his third album in a row to win the Best Rap Album award. The single from this album, “The Heart Part 5,” was nominated for five awards at the 2023 Grammys, including Song Of The Year, and Best Music Video. Kendrick Lamar is also the third most decorated rapper in the history of the Grammys with 17 wins in total and is only topped by Jay-Z and Kanye West who both have 24.

FAQs

Which Kendrick Lamar Albums Have Won A Grammy?

To Pimp A Butterfly, DAMN., and Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Which Kendrick Lamar Songs Have Won A Grammy?


I, Alright, These Walls, Humble, Loyalty and The Heart Part 5

How Many Grammy Awards Did To Pimp A Butterfly Win?

Kendrick Lamar won four Grammy awards with To Pimp A Butterfly, including Best Rap Album

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