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Category: Arts & Culture
Award: Musician in 2018
Year Won: 2018
Pick: Editor's Pick

Grammy-nominated J. Cole is more than a fan of Lute: He’s his boss. Lute signed to Cole’s Dreamville Records label, and last year, the imprint released Lute’s long-awaited debut LP, West 1996 Pt. 2. The record is an autobiographical statement from a voice often overlooked in Charlotte. As Charlotte’s hip-hop profile continues to rise, Lute leads the way.