Barack Obama is thrilled: Kendrick Lamar won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album during Monday’s Grammys ceremony.
Lamar and his record, To Pimp a Butterfly, led contenders with 11 nominations going into the ceremony (and Lamar received the president’s stamp of approval last year after Obama declared “How Much a Dollar Cost” from the album as his favorite 2015 track).
“This is for hip-hop,” Lamar said in his acceptance speech, giving special mention to Snoop Dogg and Nas. “We will live forever. Believe that.”
Before the ceremony began on CBS, Lamar won three other awards for his landmark album: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Alright,” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “These Walls.” He added another award to his count when the video for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” — which features Lamar — won the Best Music Video category.
This year’s crowded category also included J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Dr. Dre’s Compton, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint. Of the nominees for Best Rap Album, To Pimp a Butterfly was the only one to also receive a nomination for Album of the Year.
Eminem won Best Rap Album in 2015 for The Marshall Mathers LP 2, while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home the award the previous year for The Heist.