Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Posted Jan 19, 2012
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  1. My Love

    My Love (2006)


    "My Love" is a song by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake from his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It was released on September 26, 2006, by Jive Records as the second single from the album. The song was co-written by Timberlake, Timbaland, Nate "Danja" Hills, and T.I., and produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja.

  2. Umbrella

    Umbrella (2007)


    "Umbrella" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, featuring American rapper Jay-Z. The song was written by The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, Kuk Harrell and Jay-Z, and was produced by Stewart for Rihanna's third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was originally written with recording artist Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it. "Umbrella" is a hip hop and R&B song referring to a romantic and platonic relationship and the strength of that relationship.

  3. Dilemma

    Dilemma (2002)


    "Dilemma" is a song by the American rapper Nelly, featuring R&B singer Kelly Rowland. The single was released in 2002 from the Nelly's album Nellyville, and Rowland's album Simply Deep. In the 50th Anniversary of the Hot 100 issue of Billboard magazine, the song was ranked at number 64 on the all-time Hot 100 songs while at the end of 2009 was named the 11th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 45th Grammy Awards.

  4. Run This Town

    Run This Town (2009)


    "Run This Town" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z. The song also features Barbadian recording artist Rihanna and American rapper Kanye West. It was written by the performing trio, with assistance from Ernest Wilson and Jeff Bhasker. Production of the track was made by West and Wilson (also known as "No I.D."). "Run This Town" was released as the second single from Jay-Z's eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3, and is used as the theme song of Battlefield 4.

  5. Empire State Of Mind

    Empire State Of Mind (2009)


    "Empire State of Mind" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z, featuring vocals and a chorus from American singer Alicia Keys. It was released as the third single from Jay-Z's 11th studio album, The Blueprint 3 (2009), by his Roc Nation label in October 2009. The song was written as a tribute to both artists' hometown, New York City, and features a music sample of "Love on a Two-Way Street" (1970), written by Sylvia Robinson and Bert Keyes and performed by The Moments. "Empire State of Mind" was originally written by Brooklyn natives Angela Hunte and Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic who were feeling homesick while on an overseas trip in February 2009. The following month they submitted the song to Jay-Z's Roc Nation, whose reviews were a discouragement. Following an incident that Hunte and Sewell-Ulepic describe as an omen, they took the suggestion of an associate of EMI Music Publishing and resubmitted it to Jay-Z, who kept the "New York" singing part on the hook, changed the verses, and recorded it as a single.

  6. No Church In The Wild

    No Church In The Wild (2012)


    "No Church in the Wild" is a song by American hip hop artists Kanye West and Jay-Z from their first collaborative album Watch the Throne (2011). It is the first track on the album and features vocals from Odd Future's Frank Ocean and The-Dream, although the latter is uncredited for his contributions to the song. The song explores themes of religion and decadence. The track received highly positive reviews from music critics, who praised Ocean's vocal hooks, the depth of the verses, the cinematic production and the song's power as an opening track.

  7. Holy Grail

    Holy Grail (2013)


    "Holy Grail" is a song by American hip hop artist Jay Z from his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail. It features vocals from singer Justin Timberlake and serves as the album's first single. It was produced by The-Dream, Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, with additional production from No ID and contains elements of Nirvana's 1991 hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Following the release of the album, the song charted in many regions, reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart. The song received mixed reviews from music critics.

  8. Crazy in love

    Crazy in love (2004)


    "Crazy in Love" is the debut solo single by R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé, featuring rapper and now-husband Jay-Z. (All Beyoncé’s previous singles had been recorded and released during her membership in Destiny's Child.) Producer Rich Harrison, Beyoncé and Jay-Z wrote and composed the song for Beyoncé’s debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. "Crazy in Love" is an R&B and pop love song which incorporates elements of 1970s-style funk and hip hop, as well as soul. The track's horn-driven hook samples instrumentation from The Chi-Lites' 1970 song "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)." The lyrics reference a romantic obsession that causes the protagonist to act out of character.

  9. Yeah

    Yeah (2004)


    "Yeah!" is a song by American recording artist Usher. It was written by Usher, Lil Jon, Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, Robert McDowell and LRoc, and features guest vocals from Lil Jon and Ludacris. It was also produced by Lil Jon, who incorporated crunk and R&B—which he coined as crunk&B—in the song's production. The song was released as the lead single from Usher's fourth studio album Confessions (2004) on January 27, 2004, after Usher was told by Arista Records, his label at the time, to record more tracks for the album.

  10. American Boy

    American Boy (2008)


    "American Boy" is a song recorded by British rapper and singer Estelle for her second studio album Shine (2008). It features vocals from American rapper Kanye West. The song was written by Estelle, West,, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, and Keith Harris. It was produced by, who also produced the album's previous single, "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)", and uses the beat from the song "Impatient" from his own third studio album Songs About Girls (2007). "American Boy" is a breezy disco-funk song that lyrically describes a romance with an American suitor. The song's conception came after Legend, Estelle's mentor, suggested she write a song about meeting an American man.

  11. Numb / Encore

    Numb / Encore (2004)


    "Numb/Encore" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z and rock band Linkin Park from their album Collision Course (2004). It was released as a single on December 13, 2004, by Warner Bros. and Roc-A-Fella Records. The song combines lyrics from Linkin Park's 2003 single "Numb" and "Encore" by Jay-Z.

  12. Let Me Blow Ya Mind

    Let Me Blow Ya Mind (2001)


    "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" is a song by American rapper Eve, featuring American singer Gwen Stefani. It was released on May 15, 2001 as the second and final single from Eve's second album, Scorpion (2001). It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100; it also peaked at number 29 in Canada, and number four in the United Kingdom. The song was listed at number seven on the 2001 Pazz & Jop list, a survey of several hundred music critics conducted by Robert Christgau. It won a Grammy Award in 2002 for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration", which was a brand new category at the time. The music video won the 2001 MTV Video Music Award for "Best Female Video".

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