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Jay-Z becomes most Grammy-nominated artist in history

On this Tuesday, Brooklyn may be happy because Jay-Z has become the most-nominated musician in Grammy Awards ever, with his three 2022 nominations bringing his total to 83. At the age of 80, he was tied with famed producer/composer Quincy Jones.

Jay is nominated for guest performances with Kanye West (whose “Donda” album is competing for album of the year) and the late DMX, who last released an album in 2017. He presently has 23 victories under his belt.

Paul McCartney, who was previously tied for second place with Beyonce, receives two nominations in the rock category, moving him ahead of her and Jones to No. 2 with 81.

Although Q wrote the liner notes for top nominee Jon Batiste’s “We Are” record, neither Jones nor Beyonce are nominated for the 2022 Grammys.

Jay-Z received three Grammy nominations in 1999, two for his iconic “Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life” album and one for his “Money Ain’t a Thang” tag-team with Jermaine Dupri. He was nominated but did not attend the awards, subsequently claiming that he “boycotted” them since fellow New Yorker DMX was not nominated despite having two No. 1 albums in a year. Even while his release schedule has dropped somewhat over the past decade, Jay, who turns 52 next month, has been nominated in 18 of the 22 Grammy years since then.

The years 2009, 2010 and 2012 were the most successful for the Brooklyn native in terms of Grammy wins, with three apiece. He garnered no awards in his most-nominated year, 2017, when his “4:44” album, linked singles, and video received a total of eight nominations. This did not help Jay’s tense relationship with the Grammys, and in “Apes—-,” released the following year on his duet album with wife Beyonce, “Everything Is Love,” Jay stated his position unambiguously.

The first of McCartney’s 18 Grammys came in 1964, when he won two as a member of the Beatles, one for best new act and one for “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Following Jones and Beyonce are Stevie Wonder and late classical conductor Georg Solti, who are tied with 74 nominations each; and film-music maestros Henry Mancini and John Williams, who are tied with 72 nominations each.

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