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The late, great Phife Dawg famously rapped, “I’ll never let a statue tell me how nice I am.” The words ring true when it comes to the Grammy Awards, which often have been lacking when it comes to its respect for Hip-Hop culture. 

Back in the day, the Grammys would even air the Rap category winners during the proper show. Too many the slights still continue, like Jay-Z sitting in the front row only to go 0-8 in Grammy wins in 2018.

Needless to say, the relation with the culture is still strained at best, with artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole all essentially curving the Grammys after being asked and passing on performing.

Considering the amount of Hip-Hop legends, who have dropped quality material only to never take home a Grammy Award, you can’t blame. Like Phife insinuated, a Grammy Awards will never make you a great MC, but the acknowledgment would still be cool.

As evidence, check out the eyebrow-raising list of Hip-Hop artists who have never won a Grammy in the gallery.

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1. Nas


Nasty Nas, the rapper who made ‘Illmatic,’ is still Grammy-less despite 13 nominations.


3. Rakim

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The R has been nominated a grand total of two times.

4. A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest has come up blank after only four nominations. Q-Tip has a Grammy, but that’s thanks to a performance on “Galvanize” by the Chemical Brothers.

5. J. Cole

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J. Cole has been nominated a total of 7 times. Cole world.

6. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Despite 16 nominations, Snoop Dogg has always come up empty.

7. Ice Cube

Ice Cube

O’Shea Jackson has been nominated just one time. Think about that.


9. Wu-Tang Clan

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Despite being for the children, the Wu-Tang Clan has managed to snag only one Grammy nomination.

10. DMX


DMX once dropped two critically acclaimed and commercially successful album in one year. Nevertheless, he’s 0-3 in Grammy Awards.

11. Busta Rhymes

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The Dungeon Dragon has a dozen nominations to his name.


13. Redman

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Redman will go down in history as a GOAT, but he only how two Grammy nomination to his name. His buddy Method Man has one Grammy, though.


15. Future


Future ain’t got a Grammy.