The rapper now has 83 nominations to his name, with 23 wins overall, pushing him past previous top-spot holder Quincy Jones who has 80 nominations.
Paul McCartney previously tied for second place with Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé but now sits firmly in the spot after gaining two nominations in the umbrella rock category. He now has 81 nominations – just one more than Jones.
Following Jones and Beyoncé are Stevie Wonder and late classical conductor Georg Solti, tied with 74; and film-music composers Henry Mancini and John Williams, tied with 72.
As Variety reports, Jay-Z received his first Grammy nods in 1999, two of which were for his classic album ‘Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life’ and one for his collaboration with Jermaine Dupri, ‘Money Ain’t AThang.’
Although Jay won, he boycotted the awards, later explaining that he did so because DMX had not been recognised despite landing two Number One albums in a year. The rapper has been nominated in 18 of the 22 Grammy years since 1999.
The ceremony will be broadcast live via CBS from Los Angeles on January 31, 2022.