Jay-Z Surpasses Quincy Jones as Highest Grammy Nominated Artist

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 With 83 nominations spanning across 23 years, Jay-Z surpasses greats like Quincy Jones and Paul McCartney to claim the number one spot. 

Rap icon Jay-Z becomes the biggest Grammy-nominated artist with his three 2022 nominations landing him in front of the pack. 

Until recently, Jay-Z was tied for first with producer/composer Quincy Jones at 80 nominations. With these three new nominations, Jay-Z now has 83 nominations, placing him above Paul McCartney with 81 nominations, and above his own wife Beyoncé at 79. 

Related: Jay-Z discusses his friendship with DMX and boycotting the Grammys (video)

Jay-Z has 23 wins dating back to his 1999 best rap album award for his hit classic Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. According to Variety, he boycotted the awards that year because rapper DMX had not been nominated despite racking up two number one albums that same year. 

The rapper has been nominated in 18 of the past 22 Grammy years, even with slow-release dates in the past decade. Variety reports his most wins were in 2009, 2010 and 2012. However, he won no awards in 2017, which was his most nominated year with several nods for his album 4:44. Variety implies this didn’t improve his already fragile relationship with the Grammys, as Jay-Z voiced his opinions on the showcase with his collab song “Apeshit” with his wife Beyoncé. 

Related: Beyoncé becomes most awarded singer in Grammys history

Behind him in wins are Paul McCartney at 81, Jones at 80, and his wife Beyoncé at 79, making her the most nominated female artist in Grammy history. 

The 64th Grammy award ceremony will be held January 31 in the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. 

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