Lamar has earned a massive 11 Grammy nods , that’s just one off Michael Jackson’s record.
For Kendrick Lamar 2015 has been one very successful year. The rapper released his third album To Pimp A Butterfly in March and it went on to debut on top of the Billboard charts. But the 28 year old’s year was really topped off when he received 11 Grammy nominations and now he’s got his sights set on taking home all the awards.
Kendrick Lamar is up for 11 Grammys at next year’s ceremony.
Speaking about his 11 nominations to the New York Times Lamar said: “Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it’s people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys.”
When asked if he was surprised to receive so many nods, the rapper said no, as he always knew that the Grammys have taste. “They’ve had taste for a long time. I’m just more excited that they recognise the time and effort put into the project . It is truly appreciated that they can hear the different influences inside the record.”
Lamar’s 11 nominations is just one off the record number held by Michael Jackson, something which that rapper is very aware of. “I’m still soaking that all in,” he said. “Michael will forever be the greatest. I’m glad it was at 11. I would never want to even think about putting myself on the same level as Michael, simply because I haven’t put in the work that he did. It couldn’t be a better number.”
But as for which award he wants the most, Lamar says he’s ready to taking home them all, not just for himself but for the hip-hop community as a whole. “Ultimately, for the hip-hop community, I would love for us to win them all. Because we deserve that. Period.”
“I want all of them. Because it’s not only a statement for myself, but it’s a statement for the culture. They’re all important, because of the foundation the forefathers laid before me. Nas didn’t get a chance to be in that position. Pac. So to be acknowledged and to actually win, it’s for all of them.”
Lamar also spoke about learning that President Obama had chosen his song, ‘How Much a Dollar Cost’ as his favourite track of 2015. “I found out when everyone else found out. It’s crazy,” he said. “That’s one of my favorite records, too. A lot of times we forget that people in higher places are human. To hear that he liked the same kick drums and the same snares that I like, it just makes him that much more relatable as a person, rather than just a president.”