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Jay-Z called out the Grammys for never giving Beyoncé album of the year. Here are her biggest Grammy snubs

Jay-Z called out the Grammys for never giving Beyoncé album of the year. Here are her biggest Grammy snubs
  • Beyoncé holds the record for the most Grammy wins in history.

  • But she has never won its most prestigious awards, including album of the year.

  • Here are Beyoncé's biggest Grammy snubs over the years.

Beyoncé may hold the record for the most Grammy-award wins ever, but the Recording Academy still consistently snubs the pop star in its major categories.

During Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles, Beyoncé's husband, Jay-Z, criticized the Recording Academy for snubbing his wife during his acceptance speech for the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award.

"She has more Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year, so even by your own metrics, that doesn't work," Jay-Z said of his wife.

It was reviving an old sore point — Beyoncé wasn't up for any awards this year, but her history with the academy runs deep.

Of the four most prestigious Grammys, Beyoncé has won only song of the year.

She has never been nominated for artist of the year and has been snubbed four times for album of the year and an additional eight times for record of the year.

Here's a breakdown of Beyoncé's biggest Grammy snubs.

2010: Beyoncé makes history with six Grammy wins but still misses out on top awards.

Beyonce onstage at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles
Beyoncé onstage at the Grammy Awards in 2010.Michael Caulfield / WireImage

Beyoncé's first shot at the prestigious award for album of the year came in 2010, with her third studio album, "I Am... Sasha Fierce."

Beyoncé got 10 nominations, including song of the year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," record of the year for "Halo," and album of the year.

During the ceremony, Beyoncé won six awards, setting a record for the most wins in one night by a female artist. But Beyoncé lost out to Taylor Swift for album of the year and to Kings of Leon for record of the year.

The only top award she won was song of the year. To this date, it's the only time she got one of the four major Grammy awards.

Since this was only her first loss, there wasn't a major backlash.

2012: Beyoncé's fourth album received only one nomination.

Beyonce performs on stage at Ovation Hall at Revel on May 26, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Beyoncé skipped the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony.Kevin Mazur / WireImage

With "4," Beyoncé became the third artist to debut four studio albums on the top of the Billboard 200 charts. But that wasn't enough for the Recording Academy, which mostly overlooked the album in 2012.

Beyoncé was nominated for two awards: best long-form music video for "I Am… World Tour" and best rap/singing collaboration for "Party" with Andre 3000.

She didn't win either. She also didn't attend the ceremony.

2015: Beyoncé lost album of the year to Beck in an infamous upset.

Beyonce poses in the press room at the 57th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California
Beyoncé at the 57th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles in February 2015.Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic

Ahead of the 57th Grammy Awards, there were already questionable decisions made by the Recording Academy, such as Beyoncé's hit "Drunk in Love" being ignored in the pop categories and record of the year.

Beyoncé won three awards during the ceremony, including best R&B song and best R&B performance for "Drunk in Love."

But the biggest shock was when Beyoncé again lost the award for album of the year, this time to Beck.

Beyoncé's self-titled album was critically and commercially successful, and the singer radically changed the industry with its surprise release. Yet it still wasn't enough.

Chris Molanphy, a pop critic, theorized that it might be because Beyoncé's votes were split among other pop artists such as Ed Sheeran and Pharell Williams. Beck was the only rock artist in that category.

Ye, then known as Kanye West, expressed his disapproval of this decision during an interview with E! after the event.

"Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it," he said.

2017: Beyoncé is snubbed again for album of the year.

Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles.
Beyoncé at the 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in February 2017.Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic

Beyoncé was up for nine awards for the 59th Grammys after her genre-shifting album "Lemonade." She took home two awards.

This was a major disappointment since the Recording Academy nominated Beyoncé for song and record of the year for "Formation" and for album of the year.

On the night, Adele won all four major categories.

During her acceptance speech for album of the year, Adele said she couldn't accept the award.

"The artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album for me, the 'Lemonade' album, was so monumental. Beyoncé, so monumental," she said.

Time reported that Adele said backstage regarding Beyoncé's loss: "What the fuck does she have to do to win album of the year?"

Adele wasn't the only one upset. The loss sparked conversations about the Recording Academy's history of ignoring Black artists in major categories. To date, 11 Black artists have won album of the year.

Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, also criticized the Recording Academy in since-deleted tweets.

2019: Beyoncé and Jay-Z's album is shut out of major categories.

Beyonce and Jay-Z perform onstage during the "On The Run II" Tour - New Jersey at MetLife Stadium on August 2, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z perform onstage together in 2018.Getty/Larry Busacca

In 2018, Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a collaborative album, "Everything is Love," as a supergroup named The Carters.

The critically acclaimed album received only three nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards, none of which were in the major categories.

During the ceremony, The Carters won only the award for best urban contemporary album.

2023: Beyoncé misses album of the year again, sparking a backlash.

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Beyoncé at the 2023 Grammys.Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Again, Beyoncé was nominated for three major categories: song and record of the year for "Break My Soul" and album of the year for "Renaissance." Again, the Recording Academy picked other artists over her, this time Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Bonnie Raitt.

The 65th Grammy Awards was the last straw for many Beyoncé fans since it was the pop star's fourth loss for album of the year, and "Renaissance" was a shoo-in to win.

Not only was "Renaissance" culturally significant for its homage to queer culture but it was also named the best album of 2022 by several major publications.

2024: Jay-Z calls out the academy for its prior snubs.

Jay-Z accepts the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award alongside his daughter Blue Ivy onstage during the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 4, 2024.
Jay-Z accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award alongside his daughter Blue Ivy onstage during the 66th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty images

In February, Beyoncé and her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, attended the 66th annual Grammy Awards to support her husband, Jay-Z, who was receiving the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award for his music-industry achievements.

Taking to the stage with Blue, Jay-Z began his acceptance speech by thanking Dr. Dre and other rap artists who broke the glass ceiling for Black artists.

He then briefly criticized the Recording Academy, saying it didn't make sense that his wife had never received the award for album of the year.

"Think about that the most Grammies. Never won album of the year. That doesn't work," he said.

"Some of you going to go home tonight and feel like you've been robbed. Some of you may get robbed. Some of you don't belong in the category," he joked afterward. "No, when I get nervous, I tell the truth."

Jay-Z ended the speech by encouraging the audience to push forward until they receive the accolades they deserve.

"Forget the Grammys; you got to keep showing up. Until they give you all those accolades you feel you deserve," he said. "Until they call you 'chairman,' until they call you a 'genius,' until they call you 'the greatest of all time.'"

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