Jay Z is now the most Grammy-nominated artist of all time! Of anyone who has doubted his GOAT status, Jay-Z added yet another prestigious honor to his already lengthy memoir. Mr. Carter, alongside legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones, shared the title with 80 nominations. Furthermore, with the release of the 2022 nominations, Jay Z now has 83 nominations.
His nomination for Album of the Year and Best Rap Song derives from Kanye West’s Donda album. The third from the same Best Rap Song category for the song “Bath Salts” by Nas and the also late DMX.
Jay-Z has become the most nominated artist in Grammy history. He had been tied with Quincy Jones for 80 nods, but with this year's ballot, he has a total of 83 nominations. Jay-Z has won 23 Grammys in his career so far. https://t.co/NEBzOFZFaO pic.twitter.com/zmbePC5EzA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 23, 2021
The Grammy full-circle moment
The honor of this nomination with late Bronx rapper DMX surrounds Hov’s first Grammy nomination in 1999. Jay recalls how he boycotted the awards show due to DMX not receiving a nomination.
However, he had two albums that charted No. 1 on Billboards 200. He has always shared respect for other rappers and also displayed this early on in his career. Listen to this snippet of Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club; Rumor Report.“
Jay-Z and other Artists demand respect from The Recording Academy
Jay-Z’s decision to boycott the Grammys has seemingly been a reoccurring theme. Several artists have questioned the motives of the academy’s voting standards. This year alone has caused the most prominent artists of this decade to call out the recording academy. They called attention to the lack of gender and racial diversity displayed amongst past winners.
Speculation of a deficiency in the nomination process stemming from 63 years of the Grammys. For this reason, The Weeknd, who had the most successful runs of his career, was left questioning what may be the problem. His LP, After Hours, was on the Billboard 200 consecutively 4 weeks and counting but somehow did not receive a nomination.
“Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said.
The unleash of f*** the Grammy’s tweets flooded social media. Kanye West, who urinated on his Grammy in frustration, was less than pleased with his standings.
As an artist, when I see da Grammys coming up & I’m not involved nor invited; I wonder. Is it me , my musik, or just another technicality? I look around w respect & wonder competitively am I not worthy?! Then I look around & see 5 Grammys looking bak at me & I go to the studio.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 20, 2020
In 2018, Hov led the nominations with 8 but lost in every category. He didn’t hold back on the awards when he and wifey Beyoncé released “APESH –.”
“Tell the Grammy’s f— that 0-for-8 sh–,” he rapped.
Signed, sealed, delivered
The Brooklyn, New York music mogul is coasting his way into history. With his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now Grammy historical moment, Jay-Z made his name one that will ring on far longer than we can fathom.
Written by Antoinette Ford