Watch Tyler, the Creator's Grammys Acceptance Speech for Best Rap Album

Tyler gave a special shoutout to Pharrell during his acceptance speech.


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Tyler, the Creator received the Best Rap Album for IGOR award at the 2020 Grammys, marking his first win of the evening and his first win ever.

"Alright, I don't know if I'm ever gonna be up here again, so bear with me," Tyler said during his acceptance speech, alongside his mother, who was visibly crying. "That's my mom if y'all are wondering. You did a great job raising this guy."

The 28-year-old artist went on to thank his friends, family, management, and everyone who supported and trusted his "crazy ideas." He then touched on his place within hip-hop, admitting he never fully felt accepted in rap. But he said there was one special artist who inspired him to be himself.

"I don't know if he's here, but I really wanna thank Pharrell Williams," he said, "because, again, growing up, feeling left and center to a lot of stuff that I saw on TV, that man has allowed me to be comfortable with myself, and has opened up doors that you guys cannot imagine ... so thank you, P."

Pharrell later took to social media to congratulate Tyler on his win.

"It happened because you saw it in your mind and no one could tell you different," he wrote on Twitter. "The will is a powerful thing. Wolf Gang KTA. Congratulations."

It happened because you saw it in your mind and no one could tell you different.
The will is a powerful thing.
Wolf Gang KTA.

Among those who acknowledged Tyler's win was Jaden Smith, who used the opportunity to reignite the whole "boyfriends" joke.

Check out Tyler's full speech below.

Following the win, Tyler spoke to reporters backstage about winning within a rap category, calling it a "backhanded compliment."

Tyler also joked about an old tweet from 2011 in which someone who clearly had no idea what they were talking about told him he would never bag a Grammy. "YES IM PETTY AS FUCK," Tyler said. "GOOD DAY MARK."

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