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JAY-Z’s 21 GRAMMY Wins: An Absurdly Detailed Investigation

And complete breakdowns of every contributor from '4:44' and 'Reasonable Doubt.'
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From Marcy Projects to a multi-Platinum mogul, JAY-Z has embodied success at the highest level for the last two decades (and counting).

JAY-Z’s glittering career is reflected in his 21 GRAMMY® awards. Hov has taken home a trophy in every hip-hop category while picking up numerous other awards for his extensive collaborative efforts.

As the 2018 GRAMMY® Awards approach, JAY-Z leads the pack. His critically acclaimed 13th studio album, 4:44, yields eight nominations, the most of any artist this year.

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Among those are his very first—and long overdue—nominations for Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, two awards that have produced just one single hip-hop act victory between them (OutKast’s Album of the Year-winning The Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004; Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was categorized as R&B).

Before the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards take place this Sunday, January 28, we teamed up with TIDAL to deliver a thorough analysis of all 21 of JAY-Z’s GRAMMY® wins so far. 

Additionally, readers can run through a complete and thorough breakdown of every single contributor from both Jay's debut (Reasonable Doubt) and his latest opus (4:44). 



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