Jay-Z made waves during the 2024 Grammy Awards ceremony as he accepted the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, accompanied by his daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
While delivering his speech, Jay-Z took the opportunity to express his disappointment with The Recording Academy’s handling of awards, particularly in regard to his wife, Beyoncé.
Pointing a finger at the Recording Academy, Jay-Z highlighted the disparity between Beyoncé’s unparalleled success, boasting 32 Grammy wins, and her failure to secure the coveted Album of the Year accolade. He emphasized that despite her numerous accolades, Beyoncé has never received the Album of the Year award, which he deemed incongruous by the Academy’s own standards.
In a moment of candid honesty, Jay-Z declared, “Some of you gonna 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.” His remarks resonated with an audience member who exclaimed “preach” in response.
Reflecting on Beyoncé’s past nominations for Album of the Year, Jay-Z recalled the anticipation surrounding her seventh album, Renaissance, which ultimately lost to Harry Styles’ album, Harry’s House. He lamented the Academy’s failure to recognize Beyoncé’s impact on music culture and her deservingness of the award.
While praising Dr. Dre for his contributions to hip-hop and acknowledging other influential figures in the industry, Jay-Z underscored the importance of advocating for fairness and accuracy in Grammy nominations and awards. He urged The Recording Academy to “get it right” and acknowledged the subjective nature of music appreciation.
Despite Jay-Z’s impassioned plea, the Grammy Awards faced criticism for not televising rap awards, highlighting ongoing concerns about representation and recognition within the music industry.