Watch Jay-Z Call Out GRAMMYs For Snubbing Beyoncé On AOTY

Stickin’ Beside Her! Jay-Z Pops Off About Beyoncé’s Past Wins During His Grammy Speech


Watch Jay-Z Call Out GRAMMYs For Snubbing Beyoncé On AOTY

Jay-Z used his “nervousness” while accepting a GRAMMY Award on Sunday (Feb. 4) to point out a glaring truth! The ‘Empire State of Mind’ rapper called out the Recording Academy for what he sees as Beyoncé’s snubs and their miscategorization of artists.

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Jay-Z spoke while accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, which was added to the award categories last year.

Jay-Z Calls Out Recording Academy For Seemingly Snubbing Beyoncé

Jay-Z emphasized that although “art is subjective,” something isn’t adding up when it comes to Beyoncé’s 32 GRAMMY wins.

“…I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has more 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.” 

Throughout her career, Bey has received 88 nominations, including several for ‘Album of the Year.’ Yet, despite the streams, visuals, sold-out tours, and cultural impact of projects like ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Lemonade,’ she has never won in that category.

Meanwhile, Bey stood in the audience with a straight face as her husband used his entire speech to call out her truth — and a few others.

“Some of you gon’ go home tonight and feel like you’ve been robbed. Some of you may get robbed. Some of you don’t belong in the category,” he said. “Nah, when I get nervous, I tell the truth. But outside of that, outside of that, we gotta keep showing up.

Blue Ivy, who had joined Jay-Z on stage, stood by with a slight smile as her daddy spoke on behalf of her mama! Near the end of his speech, Jay acknowledged his eldest, holding her hand and reminding folks she, too, is a GRAMMY winner.

“Just in life, you gotta keep showing up…forget the GRAMMYs, you gotta keep showing up until they give you all those accolades you feel you deserve. Until they call you chairman…a genius…the greatest of all time, you feel me!”

Watch Jay-Z Call Out GRAMMYs For Snubbing Beyoncé On AOTY
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Watch his full speech below.

RELATED: Beyoncé & Blue Ivy Win Grammy For Best Music Video For ‘Brown Skin Girl’


Back At It Again! Jay-Z Uses His GRAMMY Award As A "Sippy Cup" 

After leaving the stage alongside Blue, Jay-Z used his GRAMMY Award to pour up and take a sip!

The moment felt like a throwback! In 2014, during another GRAMMY acceptance speech, the dad joked that he wanted to tell Blue Ivy he had a gold sippy cup for her.

After Blue secured her own GRAMMY for ‘Brown Skin Girl’ in 2021, she took a photo with a straw positioned inside of the award.

Swipe below for the full-circle moment.


Ice Spice & DDG Have A Moment With Beyoncé At The GRAMMYs

Elsewhere at the award, fellow celebs were fanning out over the ‘Renaissance’ artist.

On X (formerly Twitter), Ice Spice revealed that she met the superstar, and whatever they discussed seemed to have lit a fire under the Bronx rapper.

“Just met Beyoncé I’m never going to fail,” she posted.

Meanwhile, DDG was photographed cheesing next to Beyoncé at the show. It’s unclear if this is the first time they’ve met in person, given that the streamer and artist is in a relationship with one of the singer’s mentees, Halle Bailey. The pair also recently welcomed a son.

RELATED: Congrats! Halle Bailey & DDG Reveal They’ve Welcomed Their First Child Together! (PHOTO)


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