Kendrick Lamar's 'HUMBLE.' Wins Australia's Hottest 100 Poll

Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar performs onstage at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018 in New York City. 

Kendrick Lamar will feel mighty humble right now: the hip-hop star secured top spot on Australian radio network Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll with “HUMBLE.” becoming the first artist of color to do so.

Lamar’s hit came in at No. 1 when the list was revealed on Saturday (Jan. 27), beating Gang Of Youths “Let Me Down Easy” and Angus & Julia Stone’s “Chateau” to the prestigious prize. 

Lamar is only the second hip-hop artist to win the countdown, one of the world’s biggest fan-voted music competitions, after Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ "Thrift Shop" topped the poll in 2012. And he ruled the biggest contest to-date, with more than 2.386 million votes cast. 

It’s been a weekend to remember for Lamar, who collected four Grammys on Sunday night, including best rap song and best rap performance for "HUMBLE." K-Dot opened the 60th Grammy Awards with a performance so thrilling, it was one of the show’s top trending moments on social media (it came in at No. 3 in Facebook’s most talked-about moments related to the Grammys). 

Triple J’s music director Nick Findlay had this to say about "HUMBLE.": “When I look back on 2017, it's hard to deny that when it came to music, Kendrick Lamar dominated on all fronts. Back in March, ‘HUMBLE.’ burst its way onto our speakers with such force that it immediately became an instant classic for the triple j audience, who overwhelmed us with requests. Now seeing it as the #1 song of the year only further cements ‘HUMBLE.’ as a modern-day masterpiece, and shows just how powerful and important Kendrick Lamar is as a songwriter of our generation."

According to data shared by the state-funded broadcaster, Australians accounted for 65 of artists on the list, one shy of the previous year, while 26 artists appeared for the first time. Women appeared in four songs in the Top 10: Lorde, Julia Stone and feature artists Mataya (who guests on Thundamentals’ “Sally”) and Kira Divine (on PNAU's “Go Bang”).

In this year's countdown, 51 songs were from male artists or groups, 25 were from female solo artists and groups, and 24 from acts including both male and female members.

The Hottest 100 poll is an institution Down Under which, until this edition, was typically held during the Jan. 26 Australia Day holiday. The date for the national holiday is considered a day of mourning for the Indigenous communities and, after issuing a questionnaire last year on the matter, the ABC decided to change the date for its popular countdown.

Check out the Hottest 100 in full here


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