Last night The 91st Annual Academy Awards saw artists with hip-hop history take home some hardware!
While Kendrick Lamar and SZA were not present to perform their Best Orignal Song-nominated “All of the Stars” from Black Panther, there were a few notable wins!
Spike Lee, legendary director who was among the first to ever utilize hip-hop and directed landmark videos like Public Enemy‘s “Fight the Power” and Naughty By Nature‘s “Hip-Hop Hooray” – took home his first Oscar for BlacKkKlansman‘s Best Adopted Screenplay.
Black Panther did manage to win three Oscars. Ruth E. Carter won for Best Costume Design, Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart won for Best Production Design and Ludwig Goransson (who you may recognize for producing Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” and “This Is America”) won for the film’s Best Original Score.
Regina King, who starred in the hip-hop cinema classics Friday, Poetic Justice and Boyz n the Hood, took home Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk.
Finally, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – which had an entirely hip-hop soundtrack, won Best Animated Feature Film.