Kendrick Lamar wins Grammy for Best Rap Album

 16 Feb 2016 - 7:59

Kendrick Lamar wins Grammy for Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar accepts the award for Best Rap Album for "To Pimp A Butterfly" at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Los Angeles: Kendrick Lamar on Monday won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for "To Pimp a Butterfly," raising expectations of a strong night for the politically charged artist.

Lamar is also in contention for the most prestigious Album of the Year for "To Pimp a Butterfly," a meditative look at the state of black America interspersed with jazz and spoken word. 

The win was his fifth of the night so far on 11 nominations -- a tribute to the popularity of Lamar, who controversially came away empty-handed two years ago.

Receiving the award from gangsta rap legend Ice Cube, the 28-year-old Lamar hailed the growing recognition for the genre.

"This is for hip-hop," Lamar said. "We will live forever -- believe that."

"To Pimp a Butterfly," which runs nearly 80 minutes, revolves both around the rapper's struggles as he adapts to fame and his look at race relations.

Lamar captured the national mood at a time of heightened concern over fatal shootings of African Americans by police in controversial circumstances, with the song "Alright" becoming an unofficial anthem of the Black Lives Matter protest movement.

AFP