Jay-Z Blasts The Grammys For Snubbing Beyoncé
In a surprise moment, Jay-Z spoke out against the Grammys from their show stage. Jay-Z was honored with the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. During his speech, he criticized the Grammys award system and defended Beyoncé for having the most Grammy wins, yet never winning Album of the Year.
“I don’t want to embarrass this young lady. But she has more Grammys than anyone and has never won Album of the Year,” Jay said about his wife Beyoncé. She won her 32nd Grammy last year. “So even by your own metrics, it doesn’t work.”
This is not the first time Jay-Z has criticized the Grammys. He boycotted the award show back in 1999 despite his album Hard Knock Life receiving best rap album. He has spoken out against it in his music.
“Tell the Grammys f— that 0-for-8 s—! Have you ever seen the crowd going apeshit,” he raps on the track. Coincidentally, despite Jay calling out the Grammys, the song scored a nomination for Best Music Video. Jay and Beyoncé’s joint album Everything Is Love won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
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The line was in reference to his 2017 LP 4:44. It featured guest appearances from Beyoncė, his mother, Gloria Carter, Blue Ivy, Frank Ocean, Damian Marley, and James Blake. The album was nominated for eight Grammys, including Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year, at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The title track was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Song Of The Year, with songs “Family Feud” (Best Rap/Sung Performance) and “The Story of O.J.” (Best Music Video, Best Rap Song, Record Of The Year) being nominated in their respective categories. While being nominated for eight Grammys, Jay did not walk out with any trophies that night.
The New York native is the second person to receive the award after Dr. Dre in 2023. The Dr. Dre Global Impact Award was established by the Recording Academy and the Black Music Collective.
Over the course of his nearly three-decade spanning career, Jay-Z has won 24 Grammys, tying him at the top spot with Kanye West.