Another past winner, Lil Wayne, has an outside chance of a nomination for I Am Not A Human Being II. Lil Wayne had the 2008 winner, Tha Carter III.
If Drake wins, he'll become the third artist to win back-to-back awards in this category. Eminem won for 1999 and 2000 and again for 2009 and 2010. West won for 2004 and 2005.
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Here are the likely nominees and runners-up for Best Rap Album and in the two performance categories in the rap field.
The eligibility year closed on Sept. 30. The awards will be presented on Jan. 26 at Staples Center.
Best Rap Album
Drake's Nothing Was The Same
Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist
Jay Z's Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Kanye West's Yeezus
Also possible: J. Cole's Born Sinner, A.$.A.P. Rocky's Love.Live.A$AP, Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being II, 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME, Tyga's Hotel California, Tyler, The Creator's Wolf, Wale's The Gifted, Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C., Juicy J's Stay Trippy, Big Sean's Hall Of Fame, Tech N9ne's Something Else, Chief Keef's Finally Rich, French Montana's Excuse My French.
Note: Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was released after the close of this year's eligibility period.
Best Rap Performance
Jay Z and Kanye West won in this category the last two years, with a pair of songs from their Watch The Throne collabo: "Otis" and "Ni**as In Paris." Both artists have songs in contention this year ("Tom Ford" and "New Slaves," respectively), though nominations may prove elusive.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz's "Thrift Shop"
Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Drake's "Started From The Bottom"
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar's "Fu**in' Problems"
Also possible: Ace Hood featuring Rick Ross & Future's "Bugatti," Jay Z's "Tom Ford," Kanye West's "New Slaves," B.o.B featuring 2 Chainz's "Headband," Chief Keef's "Love Sosa," Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything," Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic's "Bubble Butt," Tyga featuring Rick Ross' "Dope," Young Jeezy featuring 2 Chainz's "R.I.P."
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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail"
J. Cole featuring Miguel's "Power Trip"
Wale featuring Rihanna's "Bad"
Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko's "Beware"
Lil Wayne featuring Detail's "No Worries"
Also possible: Jay Z featuring Beyonce's "Part II (On The Run)," Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige's "Now Or Never," Tyler, The Creator featuring Frank Ocean's "Slater."
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