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JERMAINE LAMARR COLE (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. COLE, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina , Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up , in early 2007. Intent on further pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he went on to release two additional mixtapes after signing to Jay Z
Jay Z
's Roc Nation
Roc Nation
imprint in 2009.

Cole released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story , in 2011. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next two releases, 2013's Born Sinner
Born Sinner
and 2014's 2014 Forest Hills Drive , received mostly positive reviews from critics, while being both certified platinum in the US. The latter earned him his first Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nomination for Best Rap Album . In December 2016 Cole released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only . The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart and was certified platinum in April 2017.

Self-taught on piano, Cole also acts as a producer alongside his hip hop career, producing singles for artists such as Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
and Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
, as well as handling the majority of the production in his own projects. He has also developed other ventures, including Dreamville Records , as well as non-profit organization the Dreamville Foundation. The Dreamville Foundation is not the only non-profit gesture Cole has put forth; in January 2015, he decided to house single mothers rent-free in his childhood home at 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 1999–2009: Early work and initial mixtapes * 2.2 2009–10: Mixtapes and Roc Nation
Roc Nation
signing * 2.3 2010–11: Cole World: The Sideline Story * 2.4 2011–13: Born Sinner
Born Sinner
and Truly Yours series * 2.5 2014–present: 2014 Forest Hills Drive and 4 Your Eyez Only

* 3 Artistry

* 3.1 Influences

* 4 Business ventures

* 4.1 Dreamville Records * 4.2 The Dreamville Foundation * 4.3 Tidal

* 5 Personal life * 6 Discography * 7 Concert tours * 8 Filmography * 9 Awards and nominations * 10 References * 11 External links

EARLY LIFE

Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born on January 28, 1985 at a United States Army base in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
, West Germany
West Germany
. His father is an African-American former soldier for the U.S. Army, and his mother is a white German who worked as a postal worker for the United States Postal Service . Cole's father later abandoned the family during his youth, prompting his mother to relocate Cole and his brother, Zach Cole to Fayetteville , North Carolina
North Carolina
. Cole grew up in a multi-ethnic environment, and when asked about how closely his ethnicity impacts him, Cole commented, "I can identify with white people, because I know my mother, her side of the family, who I love. But at the end of the day, never felt white. I can identify but never have I felt like I'm one of them. I identify more with what I look like, because that's how I got treated not necessarily in a negative way". During his youth, Cole expressed an affinity for basketball and music, and served as a first-chair violinist for the Terry Sanford Orchestra until 2003.

Cole began rapping at 12, and saw it as an ideal profession in 2000, when his mother purchased an ASR-X musical sampler as a Christmas gift. During this period, Cole heightened emphasis on improving his production skills, later beginning initial production under the pseudonym Therapist. Cole later collaborated with local group Bomm Sheltuh, rapping and producing while a member of the group.

Upon graduating high school with a 4.2 GPA, Cole decided that his chances of securing a recording contract would be better in New York City. He relocated there and accepted a scholarship to St. John\'s University . Initially majoring in computer science , Cole later switched to communication and business after witnessing the life of a lonely computer science professor. While a student at the college, Cole was the president of Haraya, a pan-African student coalition. He graduated magna cum laude in 2007, with a 3.8 GPA
GPA
. Despite graduating, Cole would officially receive his diploma during a homecoming concert in 2015, revealing that he had owed money for a library book, causing the university to hold back from granting him his degree.

Cole later worked in various part-time jobs in Fayetteville, including a working ad salesman for a newspaper, a bill collector, a file clerk, and a kangaroo mascot at a skate rink.

CAREER

1999–2009: EARLY WORK AND INITIAL MIXTAPES

After becoming musically inspired by Canibus
Canibus
, Nas
Nas
, Tupac
Tupac
and Eminem , Cole and his cousin worked on developing their basic understanding of rhyming and wordplay , as well as beginning to learn how to interpolate storytelling within their lyrics. By 14, Cole had various notebooks filled with song ideas, however, was unable to produce beats further than sampling . Cole's mother later purchased him the Roland TR-808 drum machine in order to further Cole's understanding of production. Over the next three years, he began posting songs on various internet forums under the moniker Blaza, but later switched to the name Therapist.

Cole later expanded his production to create an entire CD's worth of instrumentals, and traveled to Roc the Mic Studio, hoping to play it for Jay Z
Jay Z
while he was in recording sessions for American Gangster . Cole waited for over three hours, before being dismissed by Jay Z. Cole later used the CD as the backdrop for his debut mixtape, The Come Up .

2009–10: MIXTAPES AND ROC NATION SIGNING

Main articles: The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights (mixtape) Cole was the first artist signed to Jay Z
Jay Z
's Roc Nation
Roc Nation
in 2009.

He released his second mixtape, The Warm Up , on June 15, 2009 to positive reviews. Cole appeared on Jay Z\'s album The Blueprint 3 (2009), on the track "A Star Is Born." He is featured on both Wale\'s debut album, Attention Deficit (2009) and mixtape Back to the Feature (2009), respectively. In January 2010, Cole, along with label mate Jay Electronica and Mos Def
Mos Def
appeared on Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
and Hi-Tek 's single, " Just Begun " for the follow-up of Reflection Eternal 's album Train of Thought (2000), titled Revolutions Per Minute (2010). Cole also appeared on B.o.B 's mixtape May 25th (2010), on the song "Gladiators", produced by The Alchemist .

In early 2010, Cole was chosen as one of Beyond Race magazine's "50 Great Breakthrough Artists," he ranked 49, resulting in the cover story of the publication's #11 issue, as well as a Q"> Cole performing at South by Southwest
South by Southwest
in 2010

To celebrate the anniversary of the release of The Warm Up mixtape, J. Cole
J. Cole
released a freestyle entitled "The Last Stretch" on June 15, 2010. On June 21 of that year, J. Cole
J. Cole
premiered the music video to his first single "Who Dat" on the BET
BET
program 106 "> Cole performing in London
London
during Cole World... World Tour in 2011

Cole served as a supporting act for Drake on the Light Dreams and Nightmares UK Tour, from January 5–21, 2011. In April 2011, " HiiiPoWeR ", a song Cole produced for Kendrick Lamar\'s Section.80 (2011) was released. The single was the first of many collaborations to come from the two. On May 22, 2011, Cole released a song entitled "Return of Simba," the third in the "Simba" series of songs, following "Simba" and "Grown Simba." Cole purposely avoided releasing his debut album’s title for fear of inconsistency, only announcing that Jay-Z would be featured on his debut album. Cole then released his follow-up single to "Who Dat", the album's lead single , "Work Out " on June 15, 2011, in honor of the second anniversary of his highly acclaimed mixtape The Warm Up. The song, produced by Cole himself, samples " The New Workout Plan " by Kanye West
Kanye West
and interpolates "Straight Up " by Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul
. The song later became a hit single , topping several music charts.

On July 31, Cole took to Twitter
Twitter
to announce Any Given Sunday, reminiscent of Kanye West\'s G.O.O.D. Fridays , a weekly free music giveaway. Cole wrote "Every Sunday til the album drops I’ll be back with something. Maybe just 1 song, maybe a video, depending on how I’m feeling." For the 3rd installment of the series, Cole took to Ustream
Ustream
to update fans about the album and play a select few tracks that didn't make the final track list. On August 15, the music video for "Work Out" premiered on YouTube, Vevo, and 106 & Park. On August 22, Cole released his debut album's cover art, designed by Alex Haldi for Bestest Asbestos, whom Cole recorded a song for, titled "Killers", for Haldi's mixtape The Glorification of Gangster. For the fourth installment on August 29, he released his debut album's track list, once again through Twitter.

On August 30, after an unfinished version had previously leaked , "Can\'t Get Enough " featuring R&B singer Trey Songz was released as the album's second single. While in Barbados
Barbados
for his last performance as the official opening act for Rihanna\'s Loud Tour , Cole shot the music video for "Can't Get Enough" with Songz and Rihanna, who provided a cameo appearance . The video, directed by Clifton Bell, was released on September 14, 2011. In addition, early on September 25, two days before his album's release, Cole released the music video for the iTunes bonus track "Daddy's Little Girl".

Cole World: The Sideline Story was released September 27, 2011 debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart, with 218,000 copies in its first-week of sales. As of December 2, 2011, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments and sales of 500,000 copies. On February 7, 2012, the third and final single from Cole's debut album was released. The song, titled "Nobody\'s Perfect ", features renowned female rapper Missy Elliott , marking her return to music. As of December 2016, the album had sold 855,000 copies in the United States.

2011–13: BORN SINNER AND TRULY YOURS SERIES

Main articles: Born Sinner
Born Sinner
and Truly Yours (EP)

On October 24, 2011, during an interview with Hot 106's Rise Liverpool Echo Arena , Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
, Cardiff
Cardiff
, Wales
Wales
; LG Arena , Birmingham
Birmingham
, England
England
; SECC Arena , Glasgow
Glasgow
, Scotland; and MEN Arena , Manchester
Manchester
.

Cole was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2012 Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
, but lost to Bon Iver
Bon Iver
.

Cole played for the Eastern Team in the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game . On February 24, 2012, Cole reached two million followers on Twitter, and celebrated by releasing the song "Grew Up Fast." On March 1, 2012, Cole returned to his home town, Fayetteville, North Carolina . To celebrate his return, he released the song "Visionz of Home", and launched an event titled "Dreamville Weekend" to inspire the youth of his hometown to achieve great things. Cole performed for the first time in Africa during the Big Brother Africa 7 opening ceremony on May 6, 2012, alongside Camp Mulla , P-Square , Naeto C , Flavour N\'abania , Davido , and Aemo E'Face.

On May 14, Cole announced that he was working on a collaborative album with Kendrick Lamar, saying in an interview with Bootleg Kev that "I just started working with Kendrick the other day. We got it in, finally, again. We got maybe four or five together", also saying that the project would be more focused on and eventually released once Born Sinner
Born Sinner
had been released. On July 26, he returned to Twitter after a 100-day absence and went on to reveal and release his new song, "The Cure", in which he hinted at a new album. On October 20, he announced at a live show that his second album was complete and that he was waiting until after Lamar released good kid, m.A.A.d city to reveal it. Cole performing during the What Dreams May Come Tour

On November 5, Cole revealed the title of his second album, Born Sinner , as well as a scheduled release date of January 28, 2013, via Ustream. On November 13, 2012, Cole released a promotional single for the album, titled "Miss America." Cole stated that he hoped "Miss America" would shift music in a different direction, adding that he knew it wouldn't be a big radio hit. He elaborated further, saying, "To me, 'Miss America' shifts things a little bit, it changes the conversation, it takes it in a more aggressive direction, more raw, more social commentary ... Any type of commentary is good compared to what a normal single is these days. That's my aim, is to shift culture slightly, change the conversation. Nobody expects that for your first single."

On December 31, 2012, Cole revealed that Born Sinner
Born Sinner
would not be released on January 28, 2013, as previously expected. Cole said that he "needed a little more time than that to get things done." In promotion of Born Sinner, Cole released an EP titled Truly Yours on February 12, 2013, the project consisted of five tracks Cole knew would not appear on Born Sinner. On February 14, 2013, he released the artwork for the first single via Instagram
Instagram
. "Power Trip " was released on February 14, 2013, marking Cole's second collaboration with R " Apparently ", " Wet Dreamz ", " No Role Modelz ", and "Love Yourz ". The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
upon release, selling 353,000 copies in its first week.

Cole announced the " Forest Hills Drive Tour" on February 13, 2015. The tour served as the backdrop for his first live album, Forest Hills Drive: Live . The album recorded during the Fayetteville shows of the tour, and was released on Cole's 31st birthday. On March 31, 2014 Forest Hills Drive was certified platinum. As of December 2016, the album had sold 1.24 million copies in the United States. 2014 Forest Hills Drive won Top Rap Album at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards and Album of the Year at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards . The album was nominated at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
for Best Rap Album . The single "Apparently'" was also nominated for Best Rap Performance .

On December 15, 2015, Cole announced a documentary series titled J. Cole: Road to Homecoming , ahead of his HBO
HBO
special Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming . The series included five episodes as well as featuring guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
, Wale
Wale
, Rihanna
Rihanna
, Pusha T
Pusha T
, Big Sean
Big Sean
, Jay Z
Jay Z
, and Drake . All episodes were released weekly and were available for free on Vimeo
Vimeo
until January 9. Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming aired on January 9, 2016.

On July 29, 2016, DJ Khaled released his ninth studio album , Major Key . Cole is featured on the track "Jermaine's Interlude". "Said all I could say, now I play with thoughts of retirement" is a direct quote from the track that caused some of Cole's fans to worry about him and his music career. In an interview with Genius , Doctur Dot of the Atlanta
Atlanta
duo EarthGang explained that the song was originally a nine-minute posse cut, he said, “We were just trying to get Bas to fuck with the song, but Cole was like, ‘I can’t resist this beat,’ so he hit the weed for the first time in a long time." “He overthinks on weed but we were in the garage smoking a blunt, the beat was running in the background. We stacked the hook up, we all had verses on it, it was a posse record and was like, nine verses long.” On November 4, 2016, Cole performed at Jay Z
Jay Z
and Beyoncé 's Hillary Clinton Rally in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
, along with Big Sean
Big Sean
and Chance the Rapper . On November 8, 2016, Spillage Village released the official version of "Jermaine's Interlude", called "Can't Call It". The song features Cole, EarthGang, Bas and J.I.D. Cole performing in Toronto
Toronto
during 4 Your Eyez Only Tour in 2017

On December 1, 2016, the artwork and a track list for Cole's fourth album, titled 4 Your Eyez Only , were shown on iTunes available for pre-order, with a release date for December 9, 2016. On December 2, 2016, Cole released a 40-minute documentary titled Eyez , on Tidal . It features behind-the-scenes footage of Cole and collaborators working on the album, including two music videos for the tracks "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies"; neither song was included on the album. On December 5, "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies" were released as singles to iTunes store and other streaming services . 4 Your Eyez Only debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
with 492,000 album-equivalent units , of which 363,000 were pure album sales, becoming Cole's fourth number one album. The track "Deja Vu " entered the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
at number 7 without being released as a single, becoming J. Cole's highest charting song. All 10 songs from 4 Your Eyez Only debuted in the top 40 of the Hot 100, after only having four top 40 hits as a solo artist. "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies" both charted also. Cole achieved twelve simultaneous Hot 100 entries in a single week. "Deja Vu" was released as the albums first single on January 10, 2017. On January 12, 2017, 4 Your Eyez Only was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On April 7, 2017 the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

On January 16, 2017, Cole surprisingly released a track titled, "High for Hours" via his SoundCloud
SoundCloud
. The song was produced by Elite and Cam O'Bi. The song was released on the iTunes store as a single on January 18. Cole announced the 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour on February 21, 2017. The tour will include 62 dates across North America , Europe
Europe
and Australia
Australia
. On March 24, 2017 HBO
HBO
announced a documentary titled, J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, the film aired April 15, 2017. The film was directed by Cole and Scott Lazer. It is now available on YouTube
YouTube
.

ARTISTRY

INFLUENCES

Cole has cited several hip hop artists as influencing his rapping style, including Tupac
Tupac
Shakur , Nas
Nas
, Jay Z
Jay Z
, and Eminem
Eminem
. He described in an interview with Steve Lobel, "Jay was a mentor before I ever signed to him." "I studied his moves that much...I got to go on tour with him and steal a lot of gems. That's how you supposed to do it. You're supposed to learn and take pieces from the greatest. So, Jay was my mentor before I ever signed to him. And now that I signed to him it's just a blessing to be able to hit him for advice and get that real 20 years of experience or however long he been in the game. It's priceless.""My favorite rapper was Pac ," he said. "He was my favorite rapper before I even started rapping. Before I even thought of-It went from Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
, Bobby Brown as a kid and artists like that. Even Kool Moe Dee . Just the cool dude that I looked up to. And then one day my stepfather came home from-I don't know if he was back from Desert Storm
Desert Storm
...I remember him coming home with that first Pac album. With "Brenda\'s Got A Baby ". It was 2Pacalypse Now . And since then-When I was too young to know what he was talking about, but it connected. Cause that's the thing about art. It's just truth. It's straight-Whatever you feel. So, even as a seven-year-old kid, eight-year-old kid I could hear Pac's early albums and feel the truth." Cole drew comparisons to Nas
Nas
following the release of Friday Night Lights , stating that Nas
Nas
served as the primary inspiration behind the creation of the mixtape. Cole later addressed their musical similarities on "Let Nas
Nas
Down ", a song written and composed due to his disparaging comments towards "Work Out ".

In 2014, in an interview with Angie Martinez , Cole listed 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. , Nas
Nas
and Jay Z
Jay Z
as his top four rappers of all time, with André 3000 and Eminem
Eminem
being a toss-up for fifth, saying: "I wanna say so bad, but Eminem
Eminem
is like solo dolo,” he said. "Andre’s incredible, but he’ll tell you himself, he was in a duo so his workload was a little less, but creatively he's miles beyond."

BUSINESS VENTURES

DREAMVILLE RECORDS

Main article: Dreamville Records

During the composition of The Come Up , Cole started his own record label in early 2007 with current label president Ibrahim Hamad. Cole sought for an avenue to release his own music, while Hamad yearned to start a record label, prompting the two to team up to form Dreamville Records . The label is currently distributed by Interscope Records . The logo of Cole's Dreamville Records imprint

Cole, Omen , and Bas were the label's inaugural artists. The label houses artists including Cole, Omen, Bas, Cozz , Lute , Ari Lennox and J.I.D . In-house producers include Elite , Ron Gilmore, Cedric Brown, and Meez. Dreamville Records has released nine albums, with three certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

THE DREAMVILLE FOUNDATION

In October 2011, Jermaine Cole established The Dreamville Foundation. The foundation's website describes its purpose in this way:

“The Dreamville Foundation is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3), created to 'bridge the gap' between the worlds of opportunity and the urban youth of Fayetteville, NC. The foundation’s goal for the urban youth is to have a dream, believe in their dream, and achieve their dream. The Dreamville Foundation is dedicated to creating programs and events that will allow our youth to be 'Set up for Success.'"

The mission of the foundation is to “To reveal to the urban youth, their limitless potential, through positive life- altering experiences.” The Dreamville foundation offers a variety of programs geared towards inspiring and empowering Fayetteville's youth. In 2015, with help from volunteers, the foundation’s annual “Back To School Supply Giveaway” provided more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to the community. The Dreamville Foundation also partnered with DTLR to launch their book club as an initiative established to improve the reading and comprehension among young men. Likewise, The Nobody's Perfect Writing Contest and Mother's Day Brunch allows students to express their gratitude for the role models they aspire to be someday, while celebrating their personal accomplishments. Every year J.Cole hosts a weekend of community events called the 'Dreamville Weekend' at his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The events include a discussion with the Young Men's Book Club and Appreciation Dinner to recognize community leaders and organizations who've impacted the community alongside the foundation, as well as, students for their improvement academically and socially. During Dreamville Weekend, the foundation hosted a conference that consists of a Career Day panel of African-American professionals in a variety of fields.

In 2014, Jermaine Cole purchased his childhood home in Fayetteville, NC for $120,000 through the Dreamville Foundation. The home had been repossessed from his mother years earlier, while Jermaine was attending college in New York. His plan is to turn the house into a homestead for single mothers and their kids to live rent-free.

TIDAL

Main article: Tidal (service)
Tidal (service)

In 2015, J. Cole's mentor, Jay Z, acquired music streaming service Tidal's parent owner, Aspiro , for a high revenue. During the launch party, J. Cole, along with Jay Z, Kanye West
Kanye West
, Usher , Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
, Beyoncé , Rihanna
Rihanna
, Madonna , Daft Punk
Daft Punk
, deadmau5 , Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
, among countless others were named "The owners of Tidal". J. Cole
J. Cole
is a minor shareholder of the service.

PERSONAL LIFE

In a January 2016 interview with director Ryan Coogler , Cole revealed that he was married. His wife, long-time girlfriend Melissa Heholt, went to St. John's University with Cole, and is the Executive Director of the Dreamville Foundation. From the lyrics of Cole's latest album, it's rumored he has a daughter. It was revealed days after that Cole's wife gave birth to a baby girl in the beginning of 2016

DISCOGRAPHY

Main articles: J. Cole
J. Cole
discography and J. Cole
J. Cole
production discography

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011) * Born Sinner
Born Sinner
(2013) * 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014) * 4 Your Eyez Only (2016)

MIXTAPES

* The Come Up (2007) * The Warm Up (2009) * Friday Night Lights (2010) * Revenge of the Dreamers (with Dreamville ) (2014)

COMPILATION ALBUMS

* Revenge of the Dreamers II (with Dreamville ) (2015)

LIVE ALBUMS

* Forest Hills Drive: Live (2016)

EXTENDED PLAYS

* Any Given Sunday #1 (2011) * Any Given Sunday #2 (2011) * Truly Yours (2013) * Truly Yours 2 (2013) * Truly Yours 3 (2013)

CONCERT TOURS

HEADLINING

* Cole World... World Tour (2011) * What Dreams May Come Tour (2013–14) * Dollar & A Dream Tour (2013) * Dollar & A Dream Tour 2014: The Warm Up (2014) * Forest Hills Drive Tour (2015) * Dollar & A Dream Tour III: Friday Night Lights (2015) * 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour (2017)

CO-HEADLINING

* The Campus Consciousness Tour (with Big K.R.I.T. ) (2012) * Revenge of the Dreamers NYC Crawl (with Dreamville ) (2015)

SUPPORTING ACT

* Jay-Z Fall Tour ( Jay Z
Jay Z
) (2009) * Attention Deficit Tour ( Wale
Wale
) (2009) * Loud Tour ( Rihanna
Rihanna
) (2011) * Club Paradise Tour (Drake ) (2012) * Rapture Tour ( Eminem
Eminem
) (2014)

FILMOGRAPHY

DOCUMENTARIES

* 2015: J. Cole: Road to Homecoming * 2015: Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming ( Concert film ) * 2016: Eyez * 2017: J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

American Music Awards
American Music Awards

YEAR NOMINEE/WORK AWARD RESULT

2012 Himself New Artist of the Year Nominated

Cole World: The Sideline Story Best Rap/Hip Hop Album Nominated

2015 2014 Forest Hills Drive Best Rap/Hip Hop Album Nominated

BET Awards

YEAR NOMINEE/WORK AWARD RESULT

2011 Himself Best New Artist Nominated

2012 Best Hip Hop Artist Nominated

"Party (Remix)" Best Collaboration Nominated

2014 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated

2016 Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated

2017 4 Your Eyez Only Album of the Year Nominated

Himself Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Nominated

BET Hip Hop Awards

The BET Hip Hop Awards are hosted annually by BET
BET
for hip hop performers, producers and music video directors. J. Cole
J. Cole
has won 5 awards from 22 nominations.

YEAR NOMINEE/WORK AWARD RESULT

2011 Friday Night Lights Best Mixtape Won

2012 Cole World: The Sideline Story CD of the Year Nominated

Himself MVP of the Year Nominated

Producer of the Year Nominated

Lyricist of the Year Nominated

Best Live Performer Nominated

"Nobody\'s Perfect " (featuring Missy Elliott ) Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo) Nominated

2013 Born Sinner
Born Sinner
Album of the Year Nominated

"Power Trip " (featuring Miguel ) Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated

Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated

Track of the Year Nominated

People's Champ Award Nominated

Himself MVP of the Year Nominated

Producer of the Year Nominated

Lyricist of the Year Nominated

Best Live Performer Nominated

" Crooked Smile " (featuring TLC ) Impact Track Won

2014 Best Hip Hop Video Nominated

Himself Lyricist of the Year Nominated

2015 Nominated

MVP of the Year Nominated

Producer of the Year Nominated

Best Live Performer Won

Hustler of the Year Nominated

2014 Forest Hills Drive Album of the Year Won

" Apparently " Impact Track Nominated

"Be Free" Nominated

2016 " Love Yourz " Won

Himself Lyricist of the Year Nominated

Best Live Performer Nominated

Billboard Music Awards

YEAR NOMINEE/WORK AWARD RESULT

2014 Born Sinner
Born Sinner
Top Rap Album Nominated

2015 2014 Forest Hills Drive Won

Himself Top Rap Artist Nominated

2017 Himself Top Rap Artist Nominated

4 Your Eyez Only Top Rap Album Nominated

Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards

YEAR NOMINEE/WORK AWARD RESULT

2012 Himself Best New Artist Nominated

2014 "Power Trip " (featuring Miguel ) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominated

2016 2014 Forest Hills Drive Best Rap Album Nominated

" Apparently " Best Rap Performance Nominated

"Planes " (with Jeremih ) Best R&B Performance Nominated

iHeartRadio Music Awards

YEAR NOMINEE/WORK AWARD RESULT

2016 Himself Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Nominated

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