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Jay-z Lets Grammys Have It, Defends Beyonce

It was a wild Grammys 2024.


Jay-Z went on stage and defended his wife, Beyonce, saying that she won all these nominations and Grammys but never won Album of the Year. He, in turn, had a lot of memorable lines that resonated with artists and those who watched the Super Bowl of music. He did all of this while accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award.


How did it all start? The Brooklyn-bred rapper went on stage with his eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, while Beyonce watched in the audience in support. The Houston native watched her husband take home an award that highlights his career achievements in both his music and business careers.


He’s the second Roc Nation artist to take home the award. Dr. Dre earned the accolade last year.

Jay-Z would go on to castigate the Grammys for his wife Beyonce’s Album of the Year snubs.


Take a look at Jay-Z’s quotes below.


  • "How far we've come [since] Will Smith and them, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, winning their first Grammy in ’89, and boycotting because it wasn't televised. In ’98, I took a page out of their book. I was nominated for Best Rap Album. DMX had dropped two albums that year, they both were number one. Shout-out to DMX. He wasn't nominated at all, so I boycotted and I watched the Grammys. I'm just saying, we want y'all to get it right. We love y'all. We want y'all to get it right. At least get it close to right."

  •  "I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has the most Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year. So, even by your own metrics, that doesn’t work. Think about that: The most Grammys. Never won album of the year. That doesn’t work."

  • "Some of you gonna go home and feel like you’ve been robbed. Some of you may get robbed. Some of you don’t belong in the category."

  • "When I get nervous I tell the truth."

  • "Just in life, you gotta keep showing up. You gotta just keep showing up until they give you those accolades you feel you deserve until they call you chairman, until they call you a genius, until they call you the greatest of all time, you feel me?"

Check out Jay-Z's acceptance speech below.



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