Jay-Z becomes the most-nominated artist in Grammy Awards history after receiving three nominations on Tuesday

Jay-Z becomes the most-nominated artist in Grammy Awards history after receiving three nominations on Tuesday

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Jay-Z becomes the most-nominated artist in Grammy Awards history after receiving three nominations on Tuesday—

The rapper and businessman picked up nods for his guest appearances on “Donda” by Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), which also is up for album of the year as well as the late rapper DMX’s album “Exodus.”

Jay-Z now has 83 nominations to his name with 23 wins, including best urban contemporary album for “Everything Is Love” in 2018 and four best rap song wins. He had previously been tied at 80 nominations with the legendary producer and composer Quincy Jones.

Paul McCartney previously shared the title of the second-most nominated artist with Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s wife. The former “Beatles” musician, however, picked up two nods Tuesday in the rock category pushing him past Quincy Jones to solely occupy the number two spot with 81 nominations.

Jay-Z picked up his first Grammys win in 1999. He won best rap album for his sophomore record, “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life.” But the rapper boycotted the awards show because DMX was not nominated despite landing two number one albums that year.

Jay-Z didn’t return to the show until 2004.

“I didn’t come back until… 2004 when a beautiful, young lady whom I love dearly had a solo album… the beautiful Miss Beyoncé,” Jay-Z said when explaining the end of his boycott in 2018. “And I realized, ‘Man, art is super subjective and everyone is doing their best, and the Academy, they’re human like we are and they’re voting on things they like and it’s subjective,'” he told the audience, which included Quincy Jones, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Diddy, and Beyonce, who Davis called “the first lady of music.”

Last year, Beyoncé became the most decorated woman in the history of the Grammy Awards. The 39-year-old superstar was also the most-nominated artist at the 63rd annual ceremony. She won four of her nine nominations, bringing her lifetime total to 28. Country singer Alison Krauss previously held the record with 27 wins.

 

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