Kendrick Lamar will feel mighty humbleright 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."