Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter at 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Tongues are still wagging over JAY-Z's Grammy snub on Sunday. JAY-Z, who already has 21 Grammys to his name, was nominated for 8 more Grammy awards. But Bruno Mars and rapper Kendrick Lamar split the prizes leaving JAY-Z with no awards for his critically acclaimed 4:44 album.

The 47-year-old rapper suffered the indignity of watching lesser artists parade onstage to pick up their trophies while he got nothing.

JAY-Z's friends were quick to rush to his defense.

Aside from the usual excuse (racism), JAY-Z's friends say the rap honcho was snubbed because he's a businessman who released his album on Tidal instead of a record label.

"In my opinion, last nights [sic] snub only proved how powerful Jay-Z has become," wrote DJ Scratch in an Instagram editorial post on Monday. "He’s won 21 Grammys but this is the first time in history an Artist went Platinum on his own platform (Tidal). No other digital platform (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon) could sell “4:44” until he gave the green light."

Scratch added that JAY-Z "is a serious threat to the music industry" if he encourages a generation of Artists to become independent. "The record labels will literally die," he said.


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  • iWasteTime

    How many more post of the Grammy's 2018 Icon recipient?
    Good God!
    What?! He did that on his own sh!t?
    If that is the case, he'll only go harder, reach higher and expand the brand, greatly!

  • Li

    That assertion is a bunch of bull. If true, what did they attribute Chance the Rapper's CD last year being on streaming service and he won? Not only that, Tidal is losing money. Jay had to release it on Tidal, where else?

  • iWasteTime

    Oh. Chance has a streaming service also?

  • interestingconcept1

    Critics don't give a F about their personal life. That's why.

  • Kayke

    You obviously don't understand. Everyone makes their music available for streaming.....Jay Z did this on a platform he owns and still went platinum. Chance doesn't own his own streaming platform so the comparison can't be had. Tidal is not losing money. It's worth 600m, he bought it for 56m. That is regurgitation without fact checking.

  • Bossy704

    I can't think Jay-Z really he thought he was going to win with those made up album sales. The family looked dapper - Blue being the only one that looked lucid and with common sense.

  • Kanyade

    Quote: "In my opinion, last nights snub only proved how powerful Jay-Z has become."


    Spin it. Spin it. Spin it how you like.

    Quote: "friends say the rap honcho was snubbed because he’s a businessman who released his album on Tidal instead of a record label."


    I disagree.

    Quote: "He’s won 21 Grammys but this is the first time in history [he hasn't won based on his business practices?]"


    *COUGH* Is it about business or artistry? I mean at the heart of this thang, isn't it about the art? That's what it is touted to be, no? Having 21 Grammys compared to none, ain't nothing to snuff at. He's been getting his flowers. Heck, he got a whole bouquet on Saturday, no?

  • Nikkiknows

    Didn't think about the Tidal angle, I just felt like a song about OJ meant no wins altogether, even if it's just a song. White folks are still upset about that. But the Tidal angle is interesting...

  • Felicia

    DJ Scratch is either on Jay’s payroll or nuts.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Who cares!? Let others shine and be awarded,
    for their talents. Everything is not about Jay Z or Beyoncé!!!! Geesh

  • SpillyNillie

    Does Jay care? I have a feeling he doesn't...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    These people seem to be more bothered by it than Jay-Z is. smh

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    And thats what it all boils down too. OJ period. The nominations were a technicality.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    He probably doesn't care

  • Ni Ni

    Maybe he just sucks *shrugs*. He cared about winning alright. This is a man who brags about everything he has.

  • MissHarlem

    Did Jay call you up to tell you this ? there's other topics I assure you.

  • hotntot95

    Like I said on the Tom Brady post..."if the shoe fits"...that entire album screams becoming independent in business and to refrain from signing contracts that allows others to own you. JAY doesn't care, this was simply a night out for Blue..

  • SpillyNillie

    And even Blue seemed bored...

  • hotntot95

    Ikr?. Bey wanted to wear that outfit

  • shun king

    jay-z doesnt totally owns tidal sprint just bought 33% of it and some other artists own shares

  • SpillyNillie

    Exactly....Bey said let me stunt on these Grammy Heaux real quick *NOLA voice*

  • hotntot95


  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Oh is that why? IT cant be because most people outside his and hers fanbase are not buying that pompous self serving bullshit message he caught himself spreading? Bye ????? they aren't the center of attention once and we myst break out the conspiracy theories ?

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??


  • shun king

    if them white supremacist was really worried about Jay-z the would make up some scandal and have him tumbling down like they did Weinstein

  • NaeNay

    Blu looks bored. I don’t blame her.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Well they were dressed for a funeral right? Bey looks ridiculous... She must be in mourning... This is what you get when you life to fast. Too much money and too much self indulgence! Now what will they do for the next 20 yrs.. Just spend money and be surrounded by security... Unable to walk the streets like normal folk because of all the folk they shytted on.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Y ppl care so much

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Sandra I want a post on the hat and earrings!! Thanks so much

  • hottlanta

    Stop the madness Scratch. Stop acting as if Tidal was some new wave of black artist going independent. Curtis Mayfield mastered the art of independence when Superfly came out. Dolemite was independent. Rick James mastered the art of independence and the god father of independence was Don Cornelius with his Soul Train trilogy that beat out American Bandstand. These artist were woke while he was a drug dealer on the corner. Talking about he saved his marriage because he loved Bey. Please you saved your marriage when your lawyer showed you all of those zero's you had to pay out for those 3 kids. You still cheating but you upped your game and got smarter with it.

  • deanya

    Who cares Jay got so many awards it's crazy. Him and bey just living and now they're able to drop the kinda music they want and not have to think about sells or awards . They music is gonna sell regardless so

  • Blah Blahhhhh

    Jay-Z is a living legend.

  • davine puddin

    I listened to it for free on Philadelphia library app the day it came out. I think Bruno deserved most of his awards...when you see 90 year olds dancing to 24k it will make you smile

  • Omandesert

    Jay isn't defined by industry awards. His-story has always proven Anytime a black man succeeds white folks want to put that nigga in his place. I will always support J and his artist. Period. $$$ I choose where my dollars go.

  • Desiree Edwards

    Lol, the look on Blue's face is hilarious---She looks utterly bored!

  • Smith Jane

    Sprint brought those downloads...

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Late. I said this earlier this morning right here on this site.

  • SandraRose

    She does look very classy in that hat. I'll see what I can dig up.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil


  • Goodii2Shoes

    &the academy has a submissions's not a general invite to compete compete compete.

    Beyoncé damn near deranged about winning one. They might need to ban them from the competition. ...make it look like a pro black, pro indie artist boycott parade. :)

  • Soon2BWife

    Bey: Blue, I wish you would.
    Jay Z: Aww, Bey leave her alone.
    They seem so down to earth even at the Grammy’s. ????

  • Soon2BWife

    Sounds good to me. They can walk down the streets where there are no haters and everyone has just as much paper as they do, thus not studying them. Yeah, I’d be cool with that. The point of making money is so you have the freedom to chill and do what you want....not sure what life manual you are reading but do consider an alternative.

  • Kayke

    Possibly....still, it's a first.

  • Kayke

    Yes 33% was sold to you think he sold them a majority share? I'm aware of who owns what and Jay is still majority owner.

  • Staci Elle

    She reminds me of the beautiful Phyllis Hyman in that hat and earrings.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil
  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil


  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    didnt know he had got so many nominations! the album just wasnt good just a bunch of gossip

  • what?why

    I think Blue is a lot like Jay personality wise - she is hilarious with her antics. Always was, even as a baby - she's just funny. She is definitely a combination of both parents facially and has Jay's body.

    4:44 was a so so album - who sings/raps about cheating on his wife - really?? If this true, Blue will be heartbroken when she gets older; you can see that she adores Jay Z.

    Why does Beyonce have on sun glasses inside? Strange

  • what?why

    If he's cheating, get pics. It would be easy to do.

  • The Chosen One

    Someone needs to hire Beyonce a stylist. No matter how hard she tries, she fails to coordinate clothing apparel. When you look back destiny's child outfits, they must have been selected by her.

  • leapyearpisces

    I cannot tell a lie, ALL 3 of them negroes look like monaaaayyyyy!!!!!! Every last ONE of them looking like crisp 100 dollar bills, and Miss Blue looking like when can Sir and Rumi start being drug to these functions to give her some company. They post funeral reading of the will SHARP!!!

    Offtopic, imma say this, and run before some of yall start throwing tomatoes at me (LOL), but I'm bout TIDE (yes, I said TIDE) of Amara...I mean shiiiidddd, I'm Afro la Country Bumpkin....and I am SURE I have dealt with MUCH WORSE coming from where the klan used to march in the streets. My mamma went to school and was about to beat my 3rd.grade teacher''s behind when I came home crying from school because she said I had some soupcoolers.

  • shun king
  • n1kk1a

    Kendrick Lamar is NOT a lesser artist. At least he speaks truth. Jay-Z just tried to jump on the bandwagon and it didn’t work. Not to say that Jay wasn’t speaking some truths, but it’s obvious that he was trying to keep up....

  • Tee Bullock

    Now they paying for soupcoolers?

  • hottlanta

    OMG your address is _______________________
    Nobody couldn't beat her..

  • hottlanta

    Wait until someone explains to her what the verse "eat the cake Anna Mae" and what does Monica Lewinsky mean and what did she do.

  • hottlanta

    Yep white folks still mad when Michael Jackson bought the rights to the Beatles music. I was ROTFLMAO when Paul McCarthy got on television crying that Michael never returned his call. White folks want to buy our stuff but when we buy their stuff they can't deal with it. To have to get a permission from black man to play a white man music just pisses them off to no end. White folks will knock themselves out for the rights to his music because they know it means generational money.

  • hottlanta

    Naw to get with him now will be like going to court. Leave your cellphone/purse in the basket and then enter.

  • Jussjess25

    Agreed, Beyonce will always be found doing the most. Im sure she was high af as well ?????

  • dontgetblocked

    These young guys are Killin it. Kendrick Lamar. The Migos. They have a new style and ole Jay Z can't keep up. It is what it is. Time moves on and it's left him behind.

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  • rayne215

    its ok when drake has a apple exclusive, but people always so up in arms over tidal. smh. but the truth is Lamar is the one that was snubbed. each of his albums have been up for AOTY and he lost each time to subpar acts

  • rayne215

    then you didnt listen to the album

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    lol damn

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    They looked like they were at Sunday service.

  • the guest

    The original, the classic, ahead of her time.

  • suganspice68


  • Luvn_it

    Are all artist going to be able to get a deal with phone giants like Sprint and Samsung to buy those albums? I like Jay but less keep it ? without that Sprint deal 4:44 probably wouldn't have sold close to that.

  • davine puddin

    I like Jay black bottom shoes. Ms rose do you know who make those...not that I can afford them I just think the shoes aren't annoying to me

  • deanya

    Not true cause clearly he could keep up seeing that he was up for a lot of grammes. Jay put out a dumb album facts

  • deanya

    No bandwagon just different levels Kendrick album was people in his age group . And Jay was on some extra grown man shit both good albums but Kendricks was little better cause it had better singles

  • Kayke

    Word! He's still got to have a larger stake than the others involved based on it being his acquisition.

  • Owww76

    Exactly cuz the only song i heard on the radio was that Oj one, they wasn't playing it like that. Just talking about the issues he was going through that pushed that project.

  • shay2shaymd

    I wouldn't call anyone lessor artist. He just didn't win THIS time. Just because he was nominated for 8 Grammys doesn't guarantee that he would win. Take the loss like the gentleman that he is and keep it moving.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    This is what I saw as well. Plus, these young people (as a whole) don't prefer substance in their music (Migos, Lil Yachty, etc etc) Both KDot and JayZ had A LOT of substance in their recent releases. I PREFER that Jay stay on his grown man and that KDot keeps his heavy lyricism. Two of the few real hip hop artists left

  • Kanyade

    Sunglasses inside probably because she knew photographers would be snapping pictures of her and her family all night.

    It could all be just that simple, people.

  • Minx Mosaic

    Wake Up!!!! Wake Up!!! Waaaaaaaaake Uuuuuuuuuuuup!!!! Damn, please wake up!!! It's way deeper than that.
    Some of ya'll can't comprehend shit. Ol' Surface ass people. Can't go any deeper than what your eyes see. It's ok. The deep isn't for everybody. Good day!!! Lol

  • Minx Mosaic

    You get this reply too:
    Wake Up!!!! Wake Up!!! Waaaaaaaaake Uuuuuuuuuuuup!!!! Damn, please wake up!!! It's way deeper than that.
    Some of ya'll can't comprehend shit. Ol' Surface ass people. Can't go any deeper than what your eyes see. It's ok. The deep isn't for everybody. Good day!!! Lol

  • Simone

    He has a point. It is bigger than what we saw.

  • Elevated Soul

    I'm a 20 something with an soul when it comes to music. The latest song I know is "Good Drink" by Two Chainz/Migos dude and Gucci and that was out early last year, I think...?

    I LOVE old school music. For instance last night, I was listening to some Curtis Mayfield....I love R&B music from the Motown era until the 90's. Neo Soul from early 2000's was good but it stops thete for me.

    I like Bruno Mars but I haven't listened to him in years. The last song I listened to with Kendrick was around 2 years or so ago....I like J. Cole though. I am not a fan of Jay-Z but I still hear about music releases and I wasn't even aware that the old cat had released anything. He's too old to be in the rap game now.

    Congrats to Kendrick and Bruno.

  • Minx Mosaic

    Yes!!! Finally someone who's WOKE... Great perspective...

  • BadAss Will

    I bought it on ITunes eventually. Jay-Z another great who just was good but someone was better. Michael, Madonna, Prince and Dianna Ross has been snubbed many times in there career. But Mariah Carey and Whitney have the least amount of grammys compared to others in the industry. Nom is fair

  • Look@m3

    I may end up getting Tidal just for the hell of it.

  • Look@m3

    RIGHT.....blind leading the blind. Why these generation of kids now so screwed up...They just want to trend with BS.... Its all about the trend and not substance.

    I think if he wanted to be trendy on his album he could have....but I think with 4:44 that was the purpose to not be trendy whether people liked it or not.

  • Look@m3

    Clearly he was looking for just a beat like the rest of these lost souls.

  • NeverSurprised

    Wow. You are in desperate need of a hobby. You are waaaay too emotionally invested in something that has zero impact on your life. You sound like a 13 year old girl screaming about her boyfriend.

  • NeverSurprised

    Beyawnce looks like an emotionless zombie. I wonder if she is on the same medication she was on while in that zombified state in the elevator.

  • EyeIsTellintheTruthThisTime

    The real reason why the Carters keep losing all these major awards as of lately is because the industry is frightened at the level of power and influence this black power couple has. It has never been witnessed before. Not only are they immensely popular, they own they own shit, and are now releasing their music on their own platform. Its the same reason top 40 radio won't play their shit. They are selling out arenas without hit singles, well at least not in the traditional sense. This is frightening as fuck to the industry power brokers. Jay-Z and Beyonce are the Frank Sinatra and Barbera Streisand of the new millenium, and the white music execs are terrified.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    I don't think he's been left behind...simps need to catch up!

  • EyeIsTellintheTruthThisTime

    I'll also add that white industry execs can count on crabs in a barrel blacks to complete their agenda.

  • deanya

    Lol don't believe the hype tons of young artists make deep real music. Yatchy career is dead stop bringing him up lol and believe it or not a lot of older people rock harder with the migos. Real hip hop isn't dead it's just not on the charts . But it's 2018 you don't need the charts to sell or have a good long career in music

  • SDot

    Im madd they go and support the grammy's but not other awards shows that support them.

  • AListDiva29

    It's been a blind item on multiple gossip sites that Tidal has falsified its number or streams/sales online, and Jay could get in a lot of trouble if its true and proven. He's almost 50, so he has his built in fan base, but this generation doesn't really care for aging artists. Plus I think people are sick of him and Beyawnce flaunting themselves all over!

  • SandraRose

    That's no Blind Item. Even Billboard said Tidal falsified downloads. That's the main reason why he didn't get a Grammy.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    That hat thing, dark shades and awful earrings bother me.

    Let me move onto the next post.


    she probably tired.


    nigga stfu. let the man rap.


    is jay z supposed to be ass popular as migos? im sure he doesn't believe. he didn't last this long being dumb..


    Jayz looks a mess, he is everywhere, giving interviews when at one time he would cuss you out and turn his nose up if you asked him anything.

  • Topaz

    You sure you want to go deeper? Get Ready!!! Why should the Grammys award a man for cheating on his wife during this "Me Too" movement? Also there is video online of him attacking a woman and countless songs where he calls women derogatory names (he even calls his wife a derogatory term on his songs and have you noticed she's gotten more raunchier since she married him). Why should he be awarded for an album he never wanted to make? This man said he likes to dumb down his audience because dumb music sells and conscious rap doesn't. Remember him saying that his presence is charity and didn't he continue to sell clothes at Barney's after they were proven to racially profile and arrest black shoppers? Isn't his platinum plaque for 4:44 questionable due to his endless streaming/sales stunts?

    Jay is near 50 years old and suddenly/now he wants to be a conscious rapper and wholesome pillar of the black community. It's only appealing to him now since conscious rap is selling good (Kendrick and J Cole are making serious money and getting mainstream attention) and black people are asking for more positive/substantive representation in this BLM era. 4:44 didn't spawn no Billboard hits or stay in the top 10 for a majority of the year like superior album DAMN by Kendrick. Remember, Jay didn't want to sign Kanye to a record deal because Kanye wasn't hood enough. Jay has perpetrated gangsta & misogynistic rap for decades. Now he wants to be seen as the creator of conscious rap and be seen as a hero and politician for the black community. Where was Jay and Bey's outrage when the Grammy's eradicated several R&B categories a few years ago and why don't they fight or pull the race card when Ledisi, Jill Scott, A Tribe Called Quest and other black performers are unawarded or grossly over looked for Grammys? Is it because Jay and Bey are selfish, used tactics themselves to sabotage the competition for years, or just feel injustice when it happens to them.

    Jay has hitched his livelihood, for a long period of time, promoting whiteness. Remember Jay and Nas cosigning Gwyneth use of the n word. His preference for red bones, rap lyrics about only wanting Salma Hayek type women, touring with Justin Timberlake who refused to apologize for the Janet incident. The same Janet Jackson who paved the way for him and Bey. Let's not talk about his disrespect to Tina Turner.

    He's not even a good music manager because his tactics forced LL and others from Def Jam. Kanye is suing him for money owed to him via Tidal. Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue, Bridget Kelly, Melanie Fiona, MIA and countless other talented females that were signed to Roc Nation had to sue or left the label because they were treated bad/ignored. Rihanna is always disrespected by Jay because he leaks all of her albums on Tidal but somehow his albums and Bey's are never leaked.

    The biggest question is why didn't Jay get the necessary documents signed to get a hold of Prince's recordings? Jay is supposed to be this great businessman but he couldn't secure Prince's signature (please read the articles on the Prince lawsuit and think about Kanye's fight at Tidal). If Jay is such a great businessman why doesn't he have a seat on Live Nation's board but instead signed a 10 year touring deal? Where is his board seats anywhere. Why was he just a mascot and 0.001% owner of the Brooklyn Nets (does he even own RocNation/RocSports or is he just the mascot for the real owners - Live Nation)? Why isn't the other owners of Tidal proudly helping to save Tidal.. isn't he suing the previous owners of Tidal? Why is he falsely reporting Tidal numbers? Let's not talk about his countless lawsuits (RocNation logo/MLB?). Why did he just buy Bey a house last year but we never see them living in or at the purchased houses (blind trust?)? I'm exhausted from him and Bey, especially from their grossly hyped fake news PR stories (I'm still waiting to see Bey's island, Jay's jet, and the internet explode over Bey's Instagram posts).

    I hope you see not all black folks are going to turn the other cheek while Jay & Bey lie to the world and con the black community into thinking they care about them but history has shown that Jay and Bey are just opportunists trying to secure bags of money by any means necessary.


    keep doing ur thing jay. niggas at like hes 35. lets see where drakes gonna be at 48..

  • Elevated Soul

    Bytch you STFUASYAATWBD!

    How am I stopping that old dude from rapping?

    You old Jay-Z groupies are too pitiful. You think everyone must worship that old dude, because you do.

    You are now dismissed because this convo done.

  • shay2shaymd

    Enlighten me with your deep self. What am I missing? Please explain so I can be "Woke" like you.

  • Elevated Soul



    i said he has the right to rap. that's all i said.

  • Elevated Soul

    Speak hat d@mn truth!!!

    Jay-Z has been a parasite on the Black Community. He sold drugs which I'm surre impacted Black families.

    He sold music like he was selling drugs to Blacks on the ave and now he has been uplifted, as some sort of leader by the globalists.

    Jay-Z is nothing but a glorified criminilistic drug dealer.

  • SweetTEE

    Blue was fed the f up with the whole situation.

  • Luv Pitties

    Reminds me of one the ladies who sit in the front row of the church and the whole clique would have on those big UFO hats. Blue and Bey don't seem as close I have always got that vibe and when the teen years kick in Jay-Z will constantly play referee. I think it's going to be pure hell in that house because Blue looks like she will have a slick mouth

  • UpgrayeDD 2018

    I like and need to m33t any of his proteges'

    Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue, Bridget Kelly, Melanie Fiona, MIA

    Thank You.

  • interestingconcept1

    Right? It's cute now, oh but wait. And why is she at an awards show?..a Music awards show at that. No environment for a child.

  • interestingconcept1

    YES!!! Ruined so many lives!

  • interestingconcept1


  • Karen Brady

    Wait.. I thought you meant the group 'Surface' from the nineties. :-)

  • SandraRose

    I looked but I couldn't find any info on that hat. Sorry.

  • Minx Mosaic


  • Dahl

    It’s not his turn right now. SN: I don’t think there was a single thing that was cute about Blue shutting her parents up, or Beyonce with her “movie purse” containing snacks and a juice box...

  • Crazy tee

    I like Tidal..The music plays so crystal clear in my car...I can listen to any artist I want and they will have their 1st album ever all the way up to their new album...anybody who comes out with a new album is on Tidal so I don’t have to buy any of the release new music...?? Jay

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    What you're saying is very true, but my point is in reference to what has been accepted in the mainstream. We didn't accept trash (for the most part) but this latest generation has accepted it and it show in what is getting radio play.

    I believe there will always be those (such as a close family friend) who make quality music or any genre, but admittedly the "chart" music quality has all but completely gone away. BTW, I'm not knocking those who make their money as 1-hit-wonders, and I also said "etc, etc" about naming artists in addition to those I mentioned.

  • Amy

    DAMN!!! You really sound like you know a lot. Something about them never sat well with me but I just always ignored that instinct. I feel like it is on the verge of exposure.

  • Miss Thang

    Their music isn’t really selling though.

  • sunni_daze

    Didn't he get the Icon Award? Isn't that better than any other award, most of these rapper will never receive anything with "Icon" in it.

  • Dora LaBelle

    Trust. They'll be there. Just like Bey was there this time after losing.

  • Dora LaBelle

    Ain't nothing deep about it. We keep showing up year after year for accolades from the white man! They control the Grammy game. Hell, show up for the BET Awards.

  • deanya

    It ain't tanking lol

  • Gotitbutsmh

    FOH with that lesser artist BS. They were equally deserving or they would have not been in the same category. They won he didn’t deal with it but don’t act like he’s all that.