Jay-Z took the Grammy Awards stage to receive the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, using the moment to deliver a candid speech that calls out the Recording Academy for its past decisions, particularly regarding his wife, Beyoncé.
Accepting the award in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, Jay-Z delved into his history with the Grammys, citing his boycott in 1998 after a nomination for best rap album. He also referenced the 1988 boycotts of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Expressing dissatisfaction with the Academy’s choices, Jay-Z stated, “We want you all to get it right.”
Jay-Z Slams Beyoncé's Album of the Year Snubs in Grammys Speech https://t.co/z3pWE4cJ1g— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 5, 2024
The rapper turned his attention to Beyoncé, emphasizing that despite her numerous Grammy wins, she has never secured the coveted Album of the Year award. Beyoncé, who holds the record for the most Grammy wins by any artist, with 32 victories, has faced repeated disappointments in the Album of the Year category.
Jay-Z humorously pointed out the subjective nature of voting and awards, stating, “Even by your standards, that is ineffective.” He highlighted the fact that many Grammy winners have not secured the Album of the Year accolade.
The Grammy Awards’ tendency to overlook Beyoncé’s albums in the top category has been a longstanding point of contention among her supporters. Despite her groundbreaking achievements, including winning best dance/electronic album for “Renaissance” at the previous year’s ceremony, Beyoncé has yet to claim Album of the Year.
Jay-Z encouraged artists to keep attending award shows and strive for the recognition they believe they deserve. He emphasized the importance of persistence until artists are acknowledged as chairpersons, geniuses, or the best in their respective fields.
In a moment of honesty, Jay-Z concluded his speech by urging everyone to continue showing up in life beyond the realm of Grammy Awards until they receive the acknowledgment they believe is rightfully theirs.