Rapper Jay-Z rose to the top of the list of artists with the most Grammy nominations on Tuesday, hitting a lifetime total of 83 that put him just ahead of former Beatle Paul McCartney.
The three latest nominations for Jay-Z came for collaborations with other artists. He made guest appearances on DMX song “Bath Salts” and Kanye West’s “Jail,” which also earned Jay-Z a nod for West’s album “Donda.”
Jay-Z has won 23 Grammys overall, including a best rap album award in 1999 and honours for songs “Crazy in Love” with his wife, Beyonce, in 2004 and “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys in 2011.
Earlier this year, Beyonce set the record for most Grammy wins by a woman with 28 over her career.
McCartney’s Grammy nomination total climbed to 81 on Tuesday with two nods for best rock album “McCartney III” and best rock song for “Find My Way.”
Producer Quincy Jones, who had been tied with Jay-Z for most nominations before Tuesday, has received 80 Grammy nominations over his lifetime.
His wife, Beyoncé, also made history with last year’s 2021 Grammys, becoming the most-nominated woman and most-awarded singer in the award show’s history.
For the 2022 Grammys, this time around will look a little different.
Two new categories have been added — Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field) and Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field), bringing the total to 88. In addition, the Recording Academy announced that it eliminated nomination review committees, so winners will be determined by a majority vote.
“This is a new academy, one that is driven to action and that has doubled down on the commitment to meeting the needs of the music community,” said Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason in a previous statement.
Musicians had earlier claimed the Grammys voting system is “rigged” and “corrupt.” Zayn Malik, The Weeknd, Kanye West and Halsey have been among the star-studded critics slamming the awards show.
“It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not-bribes,’” said Halsey in an Instagram story earlier this year.
The Staples Center — which will be renamed Crypto.com Arena on Christmas Day — will host the biggest night for music on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Los Angeles, in a broadcast that will air live on CBS.
Jay-Z and collaborator Alicia Keys cozy up after he received the President’s Merit Award during Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys gala in 2018.