"A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level."

  • Born Shawn Corey Carter on Dec. 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York

  • In 1998 Jay Z released his breakthrough album, Vol. 2 …  Hard Knock Life, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Top 20 mainstream hit, "Can I Get A ..."

  • Jay Z took home his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for Vol. 2 …  Hard Knock Life for 1998. Currently tied with Kanye West, Jay Z holds the distinction of rapper with the most GRAMMY wins in history. He made his GRAMMY performance debut at the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2006 when he teamed with Linkin Park and Paul McCartney for a medley of "Numb/Encore" and "Yesterday."

  • Former President Barack Obama named Jay Z as one of his favorite rappers along with Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Drake.

  • Did you know? The Recording Academy New York Chapter honored Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and film composer Howard Shore as 2005 recipients of The Recording Academy Honors. 

  • Jay Z and his mother, Gloria Carter, established the Shawn Carter Foundation in 2003 to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships and empower youth and communities in need through a scholarship fund, college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and giveback programs.

 

Jay Z

"A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level."

  • Born Shawn Corey Carter on Dec. 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York

  • In 1998 Jay Z released his breakthrough album, Vol. 2 …  Hard Knock Life, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Top 20 mainstream hit, "Can I Get A ..."

  • Jay Z took home his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for Vol. 2 …  Hard Knock Life for 1998. Currently tied with Kanye West, Jay Z holds the distinction of rapper with the most GRAMMY wins in history. He made his GRAMMY performance debut at the 48th GRAMMY Awards in 2006 when he teamed with Linkin Park and Paul McCartney for a medley of "Numb/Encore" and "Yesterday."

  • Former President Barack Obama named Jay Z as one of his favorite rappers along with Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Drake.

  • Did you know? The Recording Academy New York Chapter honored Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and film composer Howard Shore as 2005 recipients of The Recording Academy Honors. 

  • Jay Z and his mother, Gloria Carter, established the Shawn Carter Foundation in 2003 to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships and empower youth and communities in need through a scholarship fund, college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and giveback programs.

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Jay Z

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Nominations
Best Rap Performance
Pop Style
 
Wins
Best R&B Performance
Drunk In Love
Best R&B Song
Drunk In Love
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Beyoncé
Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour
 
Wins
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Holy Grail
Best Music Video
Suit & Tie
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Suit & Tie
Best Rap Performance
Tom Ford
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Part II (On The Run)
Best Rap Song
Holy Grail
Best Rap Album
Magna Carta...Holy Grail
Best Music Video
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance
N****s In Paris
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
No Church In The Wild
Best Rap Song
N****s In Paris
Nominations
Best Rap Performance
I Do
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Talk That Talk
Best Short Form Music Video
No Church In The Wild
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance
Otis
Nominations
Best Rap Song
Otis
Best Rap Album
Watch The Throne
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
On To The Next One
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Empire State Of Mind
Best Rap Song
Empire State Of Mind
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Empire State Of Mind
Best Rap Song
On To The Next One
Best Rap Album
The Blueprint 3
 
Wins
Best Rap Solo Performance
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Run This Town
Best Rap Song
Run This Town
Nominations
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Money Goes, Honey Stay
Best Rap Song
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Swagga Like Us
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Tha Carter III
Best Rap Solo Performance
Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)...
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Mr. Carter
Best Rap Song
Swagga Like Us
Best Rap Album
American Gangster
 
Wins
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Umbrella
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Umbrella
Song Of The Year
Umbrella
Best Rap Solo Performance
Show Me What You Got
Best Rap Album
Kingdom Come
 
Nominations
Best R&B Song
Deja Vu
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Deja Vu
 
Wins
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Numb/Encore
 
Wins
Best Rap Solo Performance
99 Problems
Nominations
Best Rap Song
99 Problems

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