Drake’s “Back To Back” is NOT the First Grammy Nominated Diss Record; A History of Grammy Nominated Diss Tracks


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Despite multiple reports, Drake’s ‘Back To Back’, a diss record aimed at MMG‘s Meek Mill, is NOT the first ever Grammy nominated diss record. In fact, there have been multiple diss tracks to receive Grammy nominations in the past, and surprisingly most are not rap songs! While some of the disses aren’t as direct as Drake’s ‘Back To Back’, from LL Cool J’s Kool Moe Dee diss to Justin Timberlake’s shots at Britney Spears with ‘Cry Me a River’, we compiled a list of some of our favorite Grammy nominated diss tracks, and some that even took home the trophy!

Check out some other great Grammy nominated diss records of the past below!

LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” (Kool Moe Dee Diss)

Winning the award for “Best Rap Solo Performance” in 1992, LL Cool J got Grammy recognition for his record, ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’, a diss aimed at rapper Kool Moe Dee. In the track, LL goes in on Moe Dee, rapping “Why do you riff with me, the maniac psycho. And when I pull out my jammy get ready cause it might go BLAAAAW. How ya like me now?Not letting him off easy, LL continues, “The ripper will not allow you to get with, Mr. Smith, don’t riff. Listen to my gear shift. I’m blasting, outlasting. Kinda like Shaft, so you could say I’m shafting.” This wasn’t the last diss record aimed at Kool Moe Dee either, as LL Cool J went at the rapper again in 1993 with ‘No Frontin’ Allowed’.


Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River” (Britney Spears Diss)

For awhile, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears where the biggest couple in the world. However all good things must come to an end, as the couple finally split ways. After an argument with Spears, Justin and producer Timbaland rushed to record what became his second single from his debut solo album, ‘Cry Me A River’. “You told me you love me… why did you leave me all alone?” Timberlake sings to his former lover. While it likely didn’t win him any points with his pop superstar ex, the record did win JT a Grammy for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2004, beating out Sting, Michael McDonald and George Harrison.


Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl” (Courtney Love Diss)

Not the most loved person in music, Courtney Love has been on the receiving end of multiple diss records. One of which is from Gwen Stefani with her hit record ‘Hollaback Girl’. During a studio session with Pharrell, Gwen drew from personal experiences to show some major attitude. There she recounted a quote from Courtney Love, “Being famous is just like being in high school. But I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed.” In an interview with NME, Stefani spoke on ‘Hollaback Girl’ saying, “someone one time called me a cheerleader, negatively, and I’ve never been a cheerleader. So I was, like, ‘OK, fuck you. You want me to be a cheerleader? Well, I will be one then. And I’ll rule the whole world, just you watch me.'”

Although Gwen only went home with a Grammy nomination, losing in 2006 to Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’ for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, she still made her point very clear… “fuck you, Courtney Love.”


Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know” (The Who Diss)

Nominated for three Grammy awards, and winning two in 1996, Alanis Morissette’s infamous diss record, ‘You Oughta Know’ has been subject to a lot of discussion. While many debate who is the man behind Morissette’s fiery passion in ‘You Oughta Know’, even inspiring an episode of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, most believe that Morissette’s classic diss track is aimed towards “Full House” actor/comedian Dave Coulier. Don’t expect her to give fans the big reveal any time soon though. Probably the most famous diss track ever, and it isn’t even a rap song!




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