Jay-Z Calls Out Grammys Live On Stage During Acceptance Speech For Snubbing His Wife Beyoncé

Jay-Z has called out the Grammys after they snubbed Beyoncé for the Album of the Year Award.
Credit: CBS

Jay-Z has hit out at the Grammys after Beyoncé was snubbed once again for the Album of the Year Award.

There’s no denying Beyoncé, 42, is a musical icon, with mega hits including ‘Single Ladies, ‘Halo’ and ‘If I Were A Boy’.

She’s also a part of one of the most powerful couples in the industry, with husband Jay-Z, 54, famous for songs like ’99 Problems’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’ and ‘Run This Town’.

But while Beyoncé is hugely loved by fans and critics, there’s one area of the industry where it seems she doesn’t get her flowers.

She has never won the Grammy for Album of the Year – and at this year’s ceremony, Jay-Z decided to call it out!

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At last night’s Grammy ceremony, Jay-Z was awarded the Dr Dre Global Impact Award celebrating his achievements in music.

He took to the stage with his daughter, Blue Ivy, 12, to collect his award, but used his speech to call out how the Grammy’s consistently overlook his wife’s musical achievements.

Beyoncé made history at last year’s ceremony winning her 32nd award, making her the most decorated Grammy artist of all time.

But she’s still somehow never taken home the coveted Album of the Year award!

Bey has been nominated for 88 Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year a whopping six times, without winning.

And last night’s showing isn’t the first time Beyoncé’s fellow artists have called out the awards for snubbing the star.

We all remember back in 2009 when Kanye West famously jumped on stage to defend Beyoncé’s honour after Taylor Swift won the Music Video of the Year Award at the MTV VMAs.

Jay-Z and Blue Ivy at the Grammys
Jay-Z took to the stage at the Grammys with his daughter as he was awarded the Dr Dre Global Impact Award. Credit: Credit: CBS

He infamously said: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you. … but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”

West also stormed the stage in 2015 when Beck took home the Album of the Year Award above Bey.

And last night, it came down to Beyoncé’s husband to defend her as she once again missed out on the award.

People are absolutely loving his brutal honesty, with one fan taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, to say: “Man’s just laying down facts.”

Another agrees: “Jay-Z spoke REAL.”

However, a third questioned what Jay-Z had to say, writing: “She always had strong competition like Adele and Bruno Mars who absolutely deserved it, I think it’s also because Beyonce doesn’t make and write her albums herself… It’s well known that she doesn’t. Just a thought, I love her.”

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Jay-Z took to the stage to call out the Grammys in a shockingly candid tirade.

He pointed out: “I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has more Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year.

“Think about that. Most Grammys never won Album of the Year, that doesn’t work.

“Some of you will 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.

“When I get nervous, I tell the truth.

“At least getting close to right. And obviously, it’s subjective. Y’all don’t gotta clap at everything. Obviously, it’s subjective because, you know, it’s music and it’s opinion-based.”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.