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Does Kendrick Lamar have a better shot at Oscar than Grammy? Just ask Eminem, Three 6 Mafia and Common

Does Kendrick Lamar have a better shot at Oscar than Grammy? Just ask Eminem, Three 6 Mafia and Common

On December 17 the Oscar shortlists were announced in nine categories including Best Original Song, and included among the tunes that made the final 15 is “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” which is performed and co-written by Kendrick Lamar and Sza. Could a hip-hop song like that actually win? The motion picture academy often seems rather conservative in its tastes, but when it comes to music the Oscars might actually be more progressive than the Grammys.

Granted, Lamar has won 12 Grammys, and with another 8 nominations this year he’ll probably pick up a few more. But in the top four categories where Grammy voters choose their favorites across all genres, rap can’t catch a break. Despite frequent nominations for the genre, only one rap album has ever won Album of the Year (“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by OutKast in 2004), and rap has never won Record or Song of the Year.

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