AceShowbiz - Jay-Z has spoken up on Beyonce Knowles' loss in some major categories at the Grammy Awards. While she made history with the most Grammy wins (32) after collecting multiple awards at the Sunday, February 5 ceremony, she lost out to Lizzo for Record of the year and to Harry Styles for Album of the Year.
Speaking with Elliott Wilson during an interview for Tidal, the hip-hop mogul didn't seem to be too upset with the results as he saw it as "a marketing thing." He explained, "I remove myself from the process and hope they just get it right. It got to the point where I was like, it's just a marketing thing. You go, you got an album out and it could help the sales go up."
Still, Jigga thinks that Bey's "Renaissance" deserved to win Album of the Year. "Look what it's done to the culture," he argued, "Look how the energy of the world moved. They play her whole album in the club. I don't know if I've ever seen that. The whole entire joint - like, everything?! Every remix is amazing. Everyone's inspired. It has inspired the world. Every remix is better than the other one."
The rapper went on claiming, "From anybody, we're just finding these joints out in the street... It's inspiring creativity. You know how 'The Black Album had The Grey Album' [Danger Mouse's 2004 mashup project]? And the one with Radiohead? It was called 'Jaydiohead' [Minty Fresh Beats' 2009 mashup]. When it just inspires creativity, that's an album. That has to be Album of the Year. It has to be."
Meanwhile, some Grammy voters have gotten candid about their choices, revealing that they didn't cast ballots for Beyonce because she has won too many awards. "A Grammy-winning producer-engineer who has been a voter for almost 20 years" told Variety that they voted for Lizzo for Record of the Year because of her impact, while they seemed tired of Bey always being on top.
"I felt very strongly that Lizzo has changed this culture a lot," the Grammy voter said anonymously. " 'About Damn Time' was a great track that everyone responded to. I also look at who's been there and go, 'OK, Adele, Beyonce - they always win; it's the same people over and over again.' So I went for Lizzo."
Another voter described as "a music business veteran in his 70s" said, "With Beyonce, the fact that every time she does something new, it's a big event and everyone's supposed to quake in their shoes - it's a little too portentous." The person was also not too fond of Harry, admitting to holding his "boyband" days against him.
A "thirtysomething female singer voting for the second time" believed Adele and Beyonce's award-winning reputations were a hindrance. "I didn't vote for either Adele or Beyonce in any of the top categories. I love Beyonce's album and have been a fan of Adele, but I feel that they have already won a lot of Grammys," the person explained.
Beyhive, however, didn't agree with the voters as many have complained about Harry's Album of the Year win for "Harry's House". A heckler was heard shouting Bey's name during the "Falling" singer's acceptance speech.