Today in Hip-Hop: OutKast Win Best Rap Album for ‘Stankonia’ at 2002 Grammy Awards
On this day, Feb. 27, in hip-hop history...
2002: Atlanta duo OutKast further solidified their status in hip-hop's hall of fame with a big Grammy win.
At the time, OutKast was already in the conversation as one of the best hip-hop duos of all time. Their unique sound, upper level pedigree as members of The Dungeon Family and pure lyrical ability had already set them apart from the rest of their contemporaries. Even with all of this credibility, the two hadn't released an album since 1998's Aquemini. Knowing they had to really bring it this time around, they came out of the gates firing with Stankonia.
The album's first single was "B.O.B.," which was a new sound for OutKast at the time, while also harkening back to Atlanta's rich HBCU band history. The second single is where the magic really happened; "Ms. Jackson" opened OutKast up to an entire new world, and was their first single that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Little did they know, the night of the 44th Grammy Awards would be one of their biggest yet. Pitted against Eve's Scorpion, Ja Rule's Pain Is Love, Jay-Z's The Blueprint and Ludacris' Back for The First Time, Stankonia went home with the Best Rap Album award. In addition to taking home one of the highest awards in the genre of rap, OutKast won the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy for the aforementioned "Ms. Jackson."
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