Jay-Z Nabs New Nominations ; Surpassing Quincy Jones

JAY-Z is having a fantastic year because the accolades keep pouring in! 

On Tuesday (November 24th), the Grammy nominations were announced and to no surprise the Roc Nation rhymer, Jay-Z made the list! Following his three recently received Grammy nominations, the BK living hip-hop legend has become one of the most-nominated artists in Grammy Awards history. Now, the Brooklyn-based mogul has officially surpassed Quincy Jones. Prior to the news, the legendary lyricist and iconic multi-hyphenate musician both had 80 nominations.

As a result, JAY-Z has set a new Grammy’s record. Passing pioneering producer and composer Quincy Jones for most nominations in the history of the awards. After his three earned nominations for the 2022 ceremony, his total is pushed to 83 nominations. Unfortunately, Jones didn’t place in any category for the 2022 year nominations. Previously tied with Jones for the most nominations, Jigga increased his total with guest appearances. As a result of collaborations with DMX (“Bath Salts”) and Kanye West (“Jail”), both of which are nominated for Best Rap Song. Thanks to the latter guest appearance, Jay earned an additional nod as part of Donda’s Album of the Year nomination. Considering he hasn’t released a solo project since 2017’s 4:44.  

Jay-Z Goes “ApeSh*t” On The Grammys

HOV received his initial three Grammys in 1999 for his mainstream breakout album, Hard Knock Life… Vol.2. The project picked up nods for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance, and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group. In the past, HOV and The Grammys have had a complicated and rough relationship. Like many rappers, Jay spoke out against the Grammys. In 1999, he “boycotted” the show because DMX was not nominated despite earning two No. 1 albums in the same year. Although Jigga didn’t bless the awards show with his presence, he did win that year by taking home his trophy for Best Rap Album. Then when his critically acclaimed 2017 album 4:44 failed to pick up a win despite eight nominations, Jay made his feelings known on 2018’s “APESHIT,” rapping “Tell the Grammy’s fuck that 0 for 8 shit.” 

The announcement follows JAY-Z’s historic induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As well as the release of The Harder They Fall, a Netflix film he produced that is generating a lot of buzz in Hollywood. Overall, it’ll be interesting to see if JAY-Z and Beyoncé attend The Grammys this year. The show will broadcast live from Los Angeles’ newly-named Cyrto.com on January 31, 2022. Stay tuned here at KAZI Magazine for more music and entertainment news!

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