"To Pimp A Butterfly" won a few Grammys, but Album of the Year wasn't one of them. Kendrick was snubbed in favor of Taylor Swift's "1989." Classic Grammys—rarely awarding hip-hop in the top categories. Still, music critics call the album his magnum opus.
If it were simply up to the critics, Lamar's magnum opus, To Pimp a Butterfly, would sweep Monday's ceremony, including a trophy for album of the year – one of the "Big Four" categories, and arguably the most prestigious since it rewards a complete work, as opposed to a lone song or perceived potential.