Kelly Rowland ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of Jay-Z for condemning Grammys over Beyonce’s album of the year snubs: ‘His words ring so loud to me’
Kelly Rowland is ‘proud’ of Beyonce‘s husband Jay-Z for calling out the Recording Academy for failing to give his wife the album of the year award – despite her stellar winning history.
Rowland, Beyonce’s former Destiny’s Child bandmate, told ET Online she was ‘happy’ with the message he sent, noting his speech rang ‘so loud’ to her.
Jay-Z was honored with the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award for his contribution to the music industry at the Grammys when he spoke up about Beyonce’s best album snubs.
Speaking with the outlet at the One Love premiere on Tuesday, Rowland, 42, said: ‘Shawn Carter is one of the greatest men I know and his words ring so loud to me,’ she told ET Online. ‘I couldn’t be more proud of him.’
‘I’m just really happy for a lot of things that he said,’ she continued. ‘I think that he made a lot of artists feel very seen and very heard in those minutes that he took on stage.’
Kelly Rowland is ‘proud’ of Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z for calling out the Recording Academy for failing to give his wife the best album award – despite her stellar winning history
Jay-Z accepted the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award with his daughter Blue Ivy by his side
With his 12-year-old daughter Blue Ivy standing on stage beside him, and wife Beyonce looking on from their table in the audience, Jay-Z spoke about the importance of dreams, drive and ambition.
He said that there were more important things in life than winning Grammys, noting they were subjective – and pointing out his superstar wife had never won best album.
‘I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has more Grammys than everyone and never won Album of the Year,’ Jay-Z said. ‘So even by your own metrics, that doesn’t work. Think about that. The most Grammys; never won Album of the Year. That doesn’t work.’
Rowland also struggled to understand Beyonce’s album of the year snubs. Speaking with ET Online, she added: ‘I feel like she is an icon… and that’s for a reason — it’s because she starts trends. She is innovative, her thoughts are big and bright and she just jumps for them and does it.’
‘I think that her albums are a reflection of that, and it should be really celebrated in that way,’ she added.
Jay-Z has been nominated for 88 competitive Grammy Awards, winning 24 of them. Six of his nominations have been for Album of the Year.
Beyonce has also been nominated for 88 competitive Grammy Awards, winning 32 of them.
Beyonce and Rowland are former Destiny’s Child bandmates; pictured 2007
Rowland, Beyonce, and Michelle Williams as Destiny’s Child in 2001
Like her husband, Beyonce has been nominated six times for Album of the Year, but never won.
Jay-Z on Sunday said the awards were subjective – but nice to win.
At the start of his speech, he joked that his Grammy Awards used to be used as sippy cups for Blue Ivy – but now ‘she has her own Grammys,’ he said.
She won her first Grammy aged 9, with a writing credit for Brown Skin Girl, which won in 2021 for her mother.
Jay-Z continued: ‘How far we’ve come from Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff winning their first Grammy in ’89 and boycotting because it wasn’t televised.
‘And then they went to the hotel and watched the Grammys. I didn’t even understand. It wasn’t a great boycott.’
He said that he then did a similar thing.
Jay-Z was honored with the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award for his contribution to the music industry at the Grammys when he spoke up about Beyonce’s best album snubs
The couple pictured at the Grammys together
Beyonce watched her husband as he accepted the honor
‘But then ’98, I took a page out of their book. I was nominated for Best Rap Album, and DMX had dropped two albums that year. They both were number one — shout out to DMX — and he wasn’t nominated at all.
‘So I boycotted and I watched the Grammys.
‘I’m just saying, we want y’all to get it right. We love y’all. We love y’all. We love y’all. We want y’all to get it right. At least get it close to right.’
He then launched into his critique of the awards, and his condemnation of the failure to recognize his wife.
‘Obviously it’s subjective because it’s music and it’s opinion-based,’ he said.
Jay-Z has been nominated for 88 competitive Grammy Awards, winning 24 of them. Six of his nominations have been for Album of the Year
Last year, she became the most awarded artist in Grammy Awards history – but with only one win in a Big Four category.
‘So even by your own metrics, that doesn’t work,’ Jay-Z said.
‘Some of you are gonna 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. When I get nervous, I tell the truth.’
He added: ‘But outside of that, we got to keep showing up — and forget the greatness for a second, just in life.
‘As my daughter sits and stares at me nervous as I am, you got to keep showing up. Just keep showing up to get the Grammys.
‘You got to keep showing up until they give you all those accolades you feel you deserve. Until they call you champion, until they call you a genius, until they call you the greatest of all time.’