Tupac Shakur could soon finally win his first Grammy, with a little help from his mom.

The rapper, who was killed in 1996, received a relatively little-noticed nomination Friday in the category of best music film for “Dear Mama,” a five-part FX docuseries directed by Allen Hughes now streaming on Hulu.

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Rapper Tupac Shakur attends a voter registration event in South Central Los Angeles in August 1996. Frank Wiese/Associated Press, file

The series – which takes its name from Shakur’s lead single from his 1995 album “Me Against the World” – features Shakur’s life, music and relationship with his mother, Afeni Shakur, a Black Panther Party activist.

The Shakur film will compete against movies centered on Kendrick Lamar (“Live From Paris, the Big Steppers Tour”) and Lewis Capaldi (“How I’m Feeling Now”), as well as two other posthumous nominees, David Bowie (“Moonage Daydream”) and Little Richard (“I Am Everything”).

Bowie did win a competitive Grammy in his lifetime, but Little Richard infamously did not. “I have never received nothing,” Little Richard told the audience at the 1988 Grammy Awards. “Y’all never gave me no Grammys, and I’ve been singing for years! I am the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!” Little Richard won a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1993, but this would be his first Grammy in a competitive category.

This is Shakur’s seventh Grammy nomination and his second posthumous nod.


At the 1995 Grammys, Shakur was nominated for best rap album for “Me Against the World” and best rap solo performance for “Dear Mama.”

The next year – when Shakur wore a black pinstripe Versace suit and presented alongside rock band Kiss – Shakur was considered but passed over for best rap album (“All Eyez on Me”) and best rap performance by a duo or group (“California Love” and “How Do U Want It”).

Shakur received his first posthumous nomination in 1999 for best rap solo performance for “Changes,” which was released on the “Greatest Hits” collection.

Shakur was fatally shot on the Las Vegas strip in 1996 while riding in a BMW driven by Marion “Suge” Knight, the then-owner of Shakur’s “Death Row Records” label. He was 25.

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Duane “Keffe D” Davis appears in court on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. Davis has been charged with murder in relation to the 1996 killing of rapper Tupac Shakur. John Locher/Associated Press, pool

In September, Las Vegas police made their first arrest in the long-unsolved slaying. Duane “Keffe D” Davis – who had previously admitted to riding in the car from which the shots were fired but said another passenger was the shooter – has been indicted for murder, not for pulling the trigger but on suspicion of providing the gun and encouraging the shooting.

Davis has pleaded not guilty; his trial is scheduled to begin in June. Davis’ former defense lawyer, Ross Goodman, said authorities have no gun, no car and no living witnesses – just Davis’ comments about the shooting over the years.

The 66th Grammy Awards are set to be held Feb. 4 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

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