7am Stumper 1-24-2014
CBS will air the Grammy Awards this Sunday. The website for the Grammy Awards says hip-hop and rap star, Jay-Z, tops the nominations with nine. Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams each have seven nominations. All of them are hip-hop or rap artists and use that genre of music. The first rap Grammy wasn't even awarded until 1988.
Who won the first rap Grammy?
1. Public Enemy
2. D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
3. Eric B. And Rakim
The answer is: 2. D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
When the Grammy Awards were handed out in 1988, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, a.k.a Jeff Townes and Will Smith, made history. They won best rap performance for their song, "Parents Just Don't Understand". The Grammy website says other rap nominees that year were J.J. Fad, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, and Salt-n-Pepa.