Entertainment

14 Rappers Who Have Won Awards for Acting 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated November 5, 2019 90.3k views 14 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.
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Rappers Who Have Won Awards for Acting
Photo: Columbia Pictures
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.

More Will Smith 

Rank Will's Freshest Outfits from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air #172 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #66 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever

Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Rappers Who Have Won Awards for Acting
Photo: Universal Pictures
"Good Vibrations" rapper Mark Wahlberg was honored with the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in an Action film for Lone Survivor.

More Mark Wahlberg 

Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Mark Wahlberg #66 of 276 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #25 of 90 Who Is the Coolest Actor in the World Right Now?

Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Rappers Who Have Won Awards for Acting
Photo:  @Eminem/Twitter
Eminem took home two MTV Movie Awards for his acting work in 8 Mile. He also took home an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" which is featured in the film.

More Eminem 

The Best Eminem Songs of All Time #128 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #236 of 276 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Rappers Who Have Won Awards for Acting
Photo: ABC
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.

More Sean Combs 

The Best Songs Feat. P. Diddy #1,404 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison