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Three 6 Mafia
Nominated for: Best Original Song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow (won)
Hustle & Flow drummed up quite a bit of attention during the 2005 awards season, but the out-of-nowhere love for Three 6 Mafia, the hip-hop outfit responsible for the movie's theme "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," was a nice surprise. The group was up against odds-favored legend Dolly Parton (up for her song "Travelin' Thru" from Transamerica) and a song from eventual Best Picture winner Crash. You have to give it up to the group: "Pimp" was the catchiest song of the three.