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Jay-Z just keeps adding to the list of reasons for why he’s the greatest rapper of all time. After earning three nominations for the upcoming 64th Grammy Awards, Hov has just surpassed the legendary Quincy Jones for receiving the most nominations in history – with a record 83.

Even without dropping an album in 2021, Jay has been nominated twice for Best Rap Song with his verses on DMX’s “Bath Salts” and Kanye’s “Jail”, as well as for the Donda-nominated Album of the Year category.

Out his 83 Grammy nominations, Jay-Z has won 23 of them so far:

  1. 1999 – Best Rap Album for Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life
  2. 2004 – Best R&B Song for “Crazy in Love” (with Beyoncé)
  3. 2004 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Crazy in Love” (with Beyoncé)
  4. 2005 – Best Rap Solo Performance for “99 Problems”
  5. 2006 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Numb/Encore” (with Linkin Park)
  6. 2008 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella” (with Rihanna)
  7. 2009 – Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group for “Swagga Like Us” (with T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne)
  8. 2010 – Best Rap Solo Performance for “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
  9. 2010 – Best Rap Song for “Run This Town” (featuring Rihanna and Kanye West)
  10. 2010 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Run This Town” (featuring Rihanna and Kanye West)
  11. 2011 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Empire State of Mind” (featuring Alicia Keys)
  12. 2011 – Best Rap Song for “Empire State of Mind” (featuring Alicia Keys)
  13. 2011 – Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group for “On to the Next One” (featuring Swizz Beatz)
  14. 2012 – Best Rap Performance for “Otis” (with Kanye West)
  15. 2013 – Best Rap Performance for “Niggas in Paris” (with Kanye West)
  16. 2013 – Best Rap Song “Niggas in Paris” (with Kanye West)
  17. 2013 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” (with Kanye West, Frank Ocean & The-Dream)
  18. 2014 – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake)
  19. 2014 – Best Music Video for “Suit & Tie” (with Justin Timberlake)
  20. 2015 – Best R&B Performance for “Drunk in Love” (with Beyoncé)
  21. 2015 – Best R&B Song for “Drunk in Love” (with Beyoncé)
  22. 2019 – Best Urban Contemporary Album for Everything Is Love (with Beyoncé as The Carters)
  23. 2021 – Best Rap Song for “Savage” (as songwriter)

Jay-Z famously boycotted the Grammy awards when he won the first time for his 1998 album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (which remains his best-selling album to date). The reason being that the Grammys didn’t recognise DMX, who had one of the best years for a rapper ever, dropping two game-changing number one albums.

Jay-Z: By the way, the first time I boycotted the Grammys was for him. We both came out that year. He didn’t get nominated. He dropped two albums, had two No. 1 albums in the same year. They didn’t even nominate him. I won that year for the Rap album, so my first Grammy win, I wasn’t there. I wasn’t even in the building because I boycotted it for him. So, there was a competitive thing but it was big love. He was so competitive with me. I never met a human being more competitive with me. Ever. Not even my big brother. No one.

Jay-Z Remembers Boycotting The Grammys for DMX | HipHop24x7
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