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Kendrick Lamar Talks “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” Grammy Losses & Impact Of “To Pimp A Butterfly”


(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar is headed into the 2016 Grammy awards with the most nominations. The TDE emcee picked up 11 nods, including Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year. This is not the first time Kendrick will be competing in those categories.

The “Swimming Pools (Drank)” rhymer was completely shut out at the 2014 Grammys when his critically acclaimed album Good Kid M.A.A.D City led him to be up for five trophies (he got two more nominations for tracks with Miguel and A$AP Rocky).

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There was a lot of talk at the time that Kendrick was snubbed at the ’14 ceremony, but many observers believe the Compton native will not leave the 2016 Grammys empty-handed. Kendrick spoke to Billboard about getting passed up by the Grammys two years ago and his Hip Hop record-setting 11 nominations this year.

“[The Grammy defeats] would have been upsetting to me if I’d known that was my best work, if I had nothing new to offer,” said Kendrick. “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is great work, but it’s not my best work. To Pimp a Butterfly is great. I’m talking about the connection the record made. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City made a connection. But To Pimp a Butterfly made a bigger connection.”

K. Dot added, “It’s bigger than me. When we think about the Grammys, only Lauryn Hill and Outkast have won album of the year. This would be big for hip-hop culture at large.”

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