Nas Wins The First Grammy Of His Career For ‘King’s Disease’
He was first nominated in 1997.
Although he’s often cited as one of hip-hop’s most influential MCs, Nas had never won a Grammy Award until this Sunday night. The Queens rapper came away with the Best Rap Album trophy for his 2020 release, King’s Disease, his 13th studio album. He bested albums by fellow nominees Freddie Gibbs, Jay Electronica, Royce da 5’9″, and D Smoke in the process.
Nas won on his 14th career nomination, after first earning a Best Rap Solo Performance nod in 1997 for “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” from his sophomore album, It Was Written. He’s earned four previous Best Rap Album nominations, for 1999’s I Am…, 2006’s Hip-Hop Is Dead, 2008’s Untitled, and 2012’s Life is Good. He’s also earned nominations for various songs in the rap genre categories and for his 2001 music video for “One Mic.”
Nas was not there to accept his trophy, which was awarded during the Grammys pre-show, and thus didn’t get the chance to make a speech commemorating the momentous occasion.
King’s Disease, produced entirely by Hit-Boy, earned generally positive reviews and was considered a return to form after 2018’s poorly received Nasir, but didn’t draw the same level of praise as some of his later-career work like Life is Good or Untitled. It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart last year, moving 47,000 equivalent album units in its first week.
Read all the lyrics to Nas’ King’s Disease on Fortune Lyrics.