Kendrick Lamar speaks onstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

theGrio's top 10 albums of 2012

SLIDESHOW - As the year comes to a close and the industry gears up for the upcoming Grammy Awards, take a trip down memory lane with us as we countdown the 10 best albums of the year...