The 40 Defining Moments of Nas' Career

Winning an Emmy Award

Date: May 2011

Even though Nas has sold a ton of records during his career and received a whole heap of critical praise, he has surprisingly few major awards to show for it. He's been nominated for more than a dozen Grammy Awards but never actually won one. He's also been shut out at the MTV Video Music Awards. But in 2011, he did manage to snag a National Sports Emmy for a song he recorded for an ESPN soccer documentary called Survival 1. "After all these years of making music, I am honored to have this be the first award I ever won of this magnitude," he said after accepting his trophy. "An Emmy before a Grammy. Crazy s–––!" You can say that again.

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