Kelly Rowland has supported Jay-Z’S critics on 2024 Grammy Awards as stood in solidarity with Beyoncé.
Jay-Z’s critique of the Recording Academy, particularly regarding Beyoncé’s consistent exclusion from the Album of the Year category despite her unparalleled success, resonated deeply with Rowland.
Speaking to ET’s Kevin Frazier at the premiere of “Bob Marley: One Love,” Rowland commended Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Carter, for shining a light on the need for change within the industry.
“Shawn Carter is one of the greatest men I know. His words ring so loud to me, and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Rowland, reflecting on Jay-Z’s impactful speech. “I think he made a lot of artists feel very seen and very heard in those minutes that he took on stage.”
Rowland, a former member of Destiny’s Child alongside Beyoncé, emphasized the significance of the Grammy Awards in an artist’s career.
She highlighted Beyoncé’s pioneering spirit and unwavering dedication to her craft, describing her as an innovator who sets trends and pushes boundaries.
“I feel like she is an icon… and that’s for a reason — it’s because she starts trends. She is innovative, her thoughts are big and bright, and she just jumps for them and does it,” Rowland expressed, defending Beyoncé’s artistic vision and hard work.
Rowland’s comments come amidst speculation regarding Beyoncé’s Grammy snubs, with her father, Mathew Knowles, suggesting that her record label, Columbia Records, may play a role in her exclusion from certain categories.