In 1999 Jay-Z received his first Grammy nomination but was noticeably absent from the ceremony, despite winning an award.
Now, the 51-year-old rapper has said that his decision was out of respect for DMX.
“The first time I boycotted the Grammys was for him.” He explained on The Shop. “We both came out that year, he dropped two albums, he had two number one albums in the same year and they didn’t even nominate him.”
“So, for my first Grammy win, I wasn’t even in it, I wasn’t even in the building because I boycotted it for him. It was a competitive thing but it was big love. He was so competitive with me, I never met a human being more competitive with me. Like ever, not even my big brother.”
His eighth studio album, Exodus, was released posthumously on May 28.
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