Album of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

Arguably one of the most impactful albums of the past five years, GKMC shuns trite 808 thumpers for sophisticated production and sharp, eye-level storytelling.

J. Cole Borner Sinner

J. Cole - Borner Sinner

The Roc Nation MC brilliantly produced and rhymed his way around the dreaded sophomore jinx, which is quite a nomination-worthy accomplishment when you consider this album’s incredible success. 

Jay Z

Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail

Hov rolled the dice on the rollout of this album with the early all-digital release. In the end, he won big thanks to refined, genre-elevating content. What did you expect?


Nas - Life Is Good

Nas unloading his post-divorce feelings over air-tight beats was just what his faithful fans were clamoring for.


Wale - The Gifted

The MMG rapper delivered a star-packed album that read like a VIP list at the Grammys – Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross – and the gifted spitter still stood out as the star of it all.