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The Hip Hop Agenda, Los Angeles

The first rap Grammy is awarded (1989)

February 22, 1989 — The first rap Grammy is awarded. The above rappers boycotted the show in protest of the award presentation not being televised. The first award for Best Rap Performance was presented to DJJazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for Parents Just Don’t Understand”. The ceremony was not without controversy; nominees Jeff and Smith led a boycott in protest of the awards presentation not being televised, and some members of the rap community felt that more qualified artists were overlooked. Rappers Jay Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar are two-time winners of this award.