Jay Z is no doubt a great rapper but this Grammys didn’t just work for him except the honor at the Clive Davis Grammy Party. Despite receiving more nominations than any other artist he won nothing losing to big winners- Kendrick Lamar, whose “Damn” won rap album of the year, and Bruno Mars, whose “24K Magic” earned him album of the year honors.
Hov was honored at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala on Saturday where Jay-Z earned the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award — he said he initially boycotted because DMX had an amazing year in music but didn’t earn any nominations at the 1999 Grammys. Jay-Z’s sophomore project, “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life,” won best rap album that year though he didn’t attend the show, besting albums by A Tribe Called Quest, Mase, Big Punisher and Jermaine Dupri.
“I didn’t come back until… 2004 when a beautiful, young lady whom I love dearly had a solo album… the beautiful Miss Beyonce. And I realized, ‘Man, art is super subjective and everyone is doing their best, and the Academy, they’re human like we are and they’re voting on things they like and it’s subjective,’” he told the audience, which included Quincy Jones, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Diddy and Beyonce, who Davis called “the first lady of music.”