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14 Rappers Who Have Won Awards for Acting

Updated November 5, 2019 91.1k views14 items

One of the most glorious things that has ever happened in our lifetimes is seeing hardcore rappers like Ice Cube, Ice-T, and Snoop Dogg have made the transition into acting. Ice Cube, a rapper who used to write songs like, "F*ck the Police" is now starring in hit children's movies like Are We There Yet? But he's not the only one. Several other famous hip hop musicians have made the transition to the big screen, and a few talented rappers have taken home awards for their movie performances. A few rappers-turned-actors have even appeared in Oscar-winning films.

Who is the most famous rapper who won an award for acting? Will Smith tops our list. The “Parents Just Don't Understand” rapper won Best Actor at the BET Awards for his performances in Hancock, Seven Pounds, and Ali. He has also been nominated for several Academy Awards, but he has yet to take home an Oscar. Snoop Dogg won an MTV Movie Award for Best Cameo for his appearance in the 2001 film Training Day.

"Good Vibrations" rapper Mark Wahlberg was honored with the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in an Action film for Lone Survivor. Queen Latifah won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television in 2008 for her role in Life Support. In 2003, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Chicago.

Which rapper do you think is the best actor? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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  • Will Smith won Best Actor at the BET Awards for his performances in Hancock, Seven Pounds and Ali. He has also been nominated for several Academy Awards, but he has yet to take home an Oscar.

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    In 2009, Sean Combs won the Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for his performance in A Raisin in the Sun.

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