Tupac Shakur may finally win his first Grammy Award – 27 years after his untimely death. The rapper received a nomination for best musical film for the five-part documentary series “Dear Mama,” which takes its name from his 1995 single of the same name.
Directed by Alan Hughes, the series focuses on the relationship between the performer and his mother, activist Afeni Shakur, who died in 2016.
However, this is not Tupac’s first Grammy nomination. This is his seventh nomination and his second posthumous. At the 1995 Grammy Awards, he was nominated for Best Rap Album for “Me Against the World” and Best Rap Solo Performance.
The rapper, who died after being shot in Las Vegas in 1996, is one of three late artists who were nominated last week in the best musical film category. David Bowie, whose music was featured in the documentary Moonage Daydream, and Little Richard are also nominated. Bowie died in 2016 and Little Richard four years later. The 66th Grammy Awards will be held on February 4 in Los Angeles.
The nomination for “Dear Mama” comes at a time when the Tupac Shakur murder case is once again making headlines. Dwayne Keith Davis, known as “Keffe D,” was recently arrested for his murder and has pleaded not guilty. Investigators previously said the self-described “gangster” did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed the 25-year-old rapper, but prosecutors say he orchestrated the Las Vegas attack. Davis is expected to remain behind bars until his trial, which is scheduled for June 3, 2024.