There was time when JAY-Z boycotted the GRAMMY Awards, nevertheless everyone has Beyonce to thank for his return to the Recording Academy’s annual honors.
While accepting the 2018 Salute to Industry Icons Award at Clive Davis’ Pre-GRAMMY Gala at the Sheraton Time Square in brand new York City, the rapper opened up about his love along with support for his wife along with how the idea changed his perspective on the awards ceremony.
“My introduction to the GRAMMYs were, aside coming from seeing them on TV along with seeing Quincy Jones along with Michael Jackson along with Stevie Wonder along with all those guys inspiring [me] to do what they did, was 1998,” JAY-Z said, revealing that will he opted to boycott the awards, despite earning his first three nominations, because he felt that will not enough rap artists, like DMX along with others with highly successful albums of the year, were not widely recognized at that will year’s ceremony. “The same year, he had released two albums, along with he wasn’t nominated for any GRAMMYs.”
that will marked the beginning of the rapper’s absence coming from the ceremony, not returning until 2004, “when a beautiful young lady, whom I love dearly, had a solo album, along with the idea was the breakout — she was nominated,” he said. “My first time coming back, six years later, [was] for the Crazy in Love album with the beautiful Miss Beyoncé.”
During the 46th annual GRAMMYs, Beyonce took home 5 awards, the most for that will evening. The singer has gone on to win 22 awards, while JAY-Z has 21.
The couple, who have recently opened up about their ups along with downs of their marriage within the albums, Lemonade along with 4:44, are both nominated at the 60th annual awards. The two are up together for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Family Feud,” while JAY-Z is usually nominated for a total of eight, including the top three prizes.
While accepting his award, the rapper went on to explain that will he realized “art is usually super-subjective along with everyone’s doing their best,” before calling on the Academy to continue to recognize more people of shade.
“The academy, they’re human like we are along with voting on things that will they like. We can pretend that will we don’t care, nevertheless we do, because we see the most incredible artists stand on that will stage along with aspire to do that will. So I was like, ‘I have to be here.’ that will’s the whole idea: for all of us to get involved along with to push This particular thing further,” he said.
This particular year, JAY-Z is usually nominated for Album of the Year alongside Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar along with Lorde, marking the very first time in GRAMMY history that will no white man is usually up for the top prize.
During an interview with Van Jones for CNN, the rapper professed his love along with devotion for his wife, calling Beyonce his “soulmate” along with explaining that will he fought to keep them together because she’s the “person I love.”
“For us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family. To give our kids a different outcome. To break that will cycle for black men along with women,” he said, adding: “We were never a celebrity couple, we were a couple who just happened to be celebrities. We are real people.”
Meanwhile, JAY-Z along with Beyonce have celebrated like royalty all weekend leading up to the awards show. They kicked things off the Roc Nation Brunch at One World Trade Center, where guests included Diddy, DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey, Jaden Smith, Swizz Beatz along with Susan Sarandon, before heading to the Clive Davis gala. The star-studded event was also attended by Katie Holmes, Zayn Malik, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Pink along with featured performances by Luis Fonsi, Barry Manilow, Migos along with Ben Platt.
The 60th annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air live coming from Madison Square Garden starting at 7:30 p.m. ET along with 4:30 p.m. PT on CBS.