The Grammy Awards, like most award shows, generally has people who aren’t happy about something. Jay-Z had a legit reason to boycott the show that nobody is going to fault him for.

Jay has a ton of love for DMZ, who sadly passed away recently. He’s loved X for years despite their constant professional competition.

During the season premiere of The Shop: Uninterrupted, Jay-Z spoke to LeBron Jams and Maverick Carter about his Grammy boycott. He boycotted the Grammy Awards after DMX was snubbed for a single nomination. This is despite the fact that he had two #1 albums in 1999.

Jay-Z won his first Grammy, but did not show up to the event because he was with X.

“The first year I boycotted the Grammys, it was for him. We both came out that year and he dropped two albums — two number one albums in the same year — they didn’t even nominate him. I won that year for rap album, so my first Grammy win, I wasn’t even in the building because of him. So, there was a competitive thing, but there was big love.”

“He was so competitive with me. I’ve never met a human being more competitive with me, like ever. Not even my big brother.”

It takes a lot of guts to stand up like Jay-Z did. He’s worth enough and made his money. He obviously felt like taking the hit with the Grammy Awards was well worth it to make this statement.

What’s your take on Jay-Z’s Grammy boycott? Sound off in the comments!

Transcription by Thirsty

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