JAY-Z & Beyoncé’s Win Brings New Light To A Grammy Category
JAY-Z won his first Grammy Award in four years last night (February 10). Like Shawn Carter’s two 2015 wins, it was a shared prize with his wife, Beyoncé. The Carters’ 2018 surprise LP, EVERYTHING IS LOVE took home the honors for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”
The category launched in 2013. Beyoncé previously won in 2017 for Lemonade. Other winners include The Weeknd (who has two), Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Pharrell (who won “Producer Of The Year” on Sunday night).
Although not televised in the 2019 broadcast of the awards, “Best Urban Contemporary Album” continues to be an additional platform for Hip-Hop, R&B, and other genres. As Skateboard P’s Girl dabbled in Funk, R&B, and Dance music, EVERYTHING IS LOVE takes Hip-Hop to a new category in a meaningful way.
The Carters’ first collaborative LP bested recent albums by Miguel, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chloe x Halle, as well as Chris Dave And The Drumhedz. The last featured Elzhi, Phonte, and past nominee Anderson .Paak. Andy won last night for “Best Rap Performance.”
Additionally, EVERYTHING IS LOVE first single “APESH*T” was nominated for “Best Music Video,” losing to Donald Glover’s “This Is America.” Meanwhile, “Summer” lost to H.E.R.’s “Best Part” in the “Best R&B Performance” category.
Beyonce now has 23 Grammy wins, including her awards with Destiny’s Child. Meanwhile, Jay is just one behind with 22. At 2018’s event, his 4:44 received three nominations, but did not receive a trophy.