Who Did Nicki Minaj Lose a Grammy To?

Who Did Nicki Minaj Lose a Grammy To?

When it comes to the Grammy Awards, it’s not uncommon for talented artists to find themselves nominated but ultimately losing out on the coveted trophy. One such artist who experienced this disappointment is none other than the iconic rapper, Nicki Minaj.

Despite her immense success and influence in the music industry, she has yet to secure a Grammy win. Let’s take a closer look at some of the notable instances where Nicki Minaj lost a Grammy and who she lost to.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

In 2012, Nicki Minaj received her first-ever nominations at the prestigious Grammy Awards. Her chart-topping album “Pink Friday” was recognized in several categories, including Best Rap Album and Best New Artist. However, it was in the category of Best Rap Performance that Nicki faced stiff competition.

And the winner was..

  • Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Otis”

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaboration on “Otis” proved to be unbeatable that year, leaving Nicki Minaj without a Grammy.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards

Three years later, in 2015, Nicki Minaj received two more Grammy nominations. Her hit single “Anaconda” was up for both Best Rap Song and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Unfortunately for Nicki, she did not come out victorious in either category.

The winners were.

  • Kendrick Lamar – “I” (Best Rap Song)
  • A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera – “Say Something” (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance)

Kendrick Lamar’s thought-provoking track “I” took home the Best Rap Song Grammy, while A Great Big World’s collaboration with Christina Aguilera on “Say Something” won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

In 2020, Nicki Minaj received her most recent Grammy nomination for her collaboration with 6ix9ine on the track “FEFE.” The song was in contention for Best Rap/Sung Performance but faced tough competition from other talented artists.

The winner was.

  • DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend – “Higher”

DJ Khaled’s powerful collaboration with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend on “Higher” emerged as the winner in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category, leaving Nicki Minaj without a Grammy once again.


Despite Nicki Minaj’s undeniable talent and massive contributions to the music industry, she has yet to win a Grammy. Over the years, she has lost to artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera, DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend. While not having a Grammy may be disappointing for Nicki Minaj and her fans, it doesn’t diminish her impact and influence as one of rap’s most iconic figures.