Introducing the King of Hip-Hop

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Anthony Mandler

Maybe Jay-Z really is, as he claims, rap's Frank Sinatra – among our contenders he's the biggest award-winner, not unlike Ol' Blue Eyes in the early days of the Grammys. In fact, Jigga has collected a statuette at almost all of the shows we tracked. Our awards ranking totals up the contenders' wins since 2009 at the American Music, Billboard, BET, Grammy, MTV and Soul Train awards. We gave bonus points for nominations at the Grammys and – because of their importance to the hip-hop community, especially after the demise of the Source Awards – BET's two awards shows (BET Music and BET Hip-Hop); we also gave extra credit for Grammy and BET wins.

Jay's dominance is largely fueled by his Grammy and BET omnipresence. Even if he hadn't taken home a single statue at these shows, his 16 Grammy nods and 23 BET nods would put him near the top; he earns the title thanks to his seven Grammy and nine BET wins, plus a handful of AMA and MTV wins.

No act has been more nominated by the Grammys than Jay-Z since 2009, but Eminem came close, with 13 nods, many in higher-profile categories like Album and Song of the Year – categories that eluded Jigga. At the two BET awards shows, Jay has the most wins but not the most nominations; Drake, with 26, and Lil Wayne, with 25, each saw their names listed more times collectively.

Of the smaller awards-givers, the Billboard Awards provide the biggest boost to a single act: 15 wins for Eminem, a sweep fueled by the chart dominance of his 2010 album and singles. Additionally, Shady's three wins at the MTV Video Music Awards are the largest haul at that show by any of our contenders.

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for: the official coronation of the King of Hip-Hop.

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