Kendrick Lamar didn't get "robbed" this time.
After going home empty-handed at the 2014 Grammys, Kendrick took home the awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance on Sunday night (Feb. 8) for his single "i." (His debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was widely hailed as a classic upon its October 2012 release but snubbed on the big night.)
At last year's show, K. Dot was at the center of plenty of debate, when he was shut out of all seven of his nominations, including four controversial losses to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The uproar only got louder when the "Thrift Shop" rapper posted a screenshot of a text to Kendrick on Instagram, apologizing, and saying he got "robbed."
While the Compton native couldn't beat out Macklemore to grab any trophies in 2014, he was able to top some formidable competition this year. In the Best Rap Song category, "i" bested "Anaconda," by Nicki Minaj; “Bound 2,” by Kanye West; “O to 100/The Catch Up,” by Drake; and “We Dem Boyz,” by Wiz Khalifa. For Best Rap Performance, he topped Eminem's "Rap God;" Childish Gambino's "3005;" Lecrae's "All I Need Is You;" and Drizzy's "0 to 100."
"i," which dropped in September, is the lead single from K-Dot's sophomore major label album, which is due out at some point later this year. In December, he explained to MTV News the inspiration behind the track.
“It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time," he said, referencing recent violence in the news against young black men. "I remember coming up in the city of Compton and [seeing] these same types of ordeals. So when I make a record like 'i,' this is not just about me. It’s about what’s going on in real life, actual [facts].”
Though it may have taken longer than most thought it should have for him to take these wins, back before most knew his name, Kendrick made it clear that he wasn't in it for the awards.
"My Plan B is to win your hearts before I win a Grammy," he rapped on "I Am (Interlude)," in 2009. It turns out that he executed his Plan B to perfection.
He won the hearts of millions of fans over the last couple years, and now he finally got his first Grammy. And his second.
Not a bad plan after all.