Kendrick Lamar wins best rap album Grammy for To Pimp a Butterfly

The politically-charged album, whose single Alright became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, beats Dr Dre, Drake, Nicki Minaj and J Cole

Kendrick Lamar has won a Grammy for best rap album for To Pimp a Butterfly. The rapper is nominated in 11 categories for this year’s awards, and won two last year for i, which is featured on the album.

To Pimp a Butterfly debuted at No 1 on the Billboard album chart and set a Spotify record for the most streams in one day: 9.6m. The album received almost unanimous critical acclaim, with a 96% approval score on Metacritic, and was named album of the year by many publications including the Guardian. Alexis Petridis wrote:

Just as Sly Stone’s decision to strip away his music’s bubbling, bright optimism perfectly caught the pessimism of 1971, To Pimp a Butterfly was the right album by the right artist at the right time. Broiling with post-Ferguson anger and despair – “You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture / You’re fucking evil” – complicated and claustrophobic, riddled with disquiet and self-doubt, desperate to work out what the answers might be but unable to come to any real conclusions, any meaningful reaction beyond a scream of horror.

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