The award for “Best Rap Performance” Has Never Been Accepted On Television
Although this exact Grammy has only been awarded three times, there’s never been a rapper present to accept the award on television. The first time it was awarded to Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” the award wasn’t televised and Smith boycotted the show. Young MC controversially beat out Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” the next year and the award would be split into Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
The award was resurrected in 2012 and was given to Kanye West and Jay-Z for “Otis,” neither of which attended the show to accept the award.