The pre-award ceremony winners have been announced for the 2013 Grammy Awards.
In the Best Rap Album category, Drake took top honors with his sophomore set Take Care, which beat out Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Nas’ Life is Good, The Roots’ undun, Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t and 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story.
Jay-Z and Kanye West won for “Niggas in Paris” in both the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. In the former category, they conquered Drake’s “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right),” Nas’ “Daughters,” Kanye West’s “Mercy” and Young Jeezy’s “I Do.” The latter topped Nas’ “Daughters,” Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb,” Kanye West’s “Mercy,” Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s “Young, Wild & Free” and Drake’s “The Motto.”
Usher took home the trophy for Best R&B Performance with “Climax,” while Beyonce’s “Love On Top” rocked the Best Traditional R&B Performance category. Best R&B Song went to Miguel for “Adorn,” and Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio snatched the award for Best R&B Album.