With his 11 nominations, it seemed inevitable that Kendrick Lamar would walk home with at least a few trophies at the end of the 2016 Grammys. It turns out he may need some help from friends to carry all of them.
After scoring four wins before the show even started, Dot continued his hot streak by taking the home the first televised award of the night: Best Rap Album. Though not necessarily a surprise, given the praise heaped on his To Pimp a Butterfly, the win is still no small feat, considering the heavyweights he was pitted against: Drake, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole And Dr. Dre.
An appreciative and smiley Dot accepted the award from presenters Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson Jr., and used his first ever televised win (none of his previous four tonight nor his two last year were broadcast), to thank an array of loved ones and rap greats.
"Top Dawg," he said, referencing Anthony Tiffith, the founder of Top Dawg Entertainment, after lovingly praising his parents and fiancée . "Us eating you out of house and home -- we'll never forget that! Taking these kids out of the projects, out of Compton, and putting them right here on this stage to be the best they can be."