The nominees for the 2014 GRAMMYs are in and Jay Z tops the list with nine nominations — though you wouldn’t know it from watching the nominations concert.
Jay Z led the nominations with nine nods, followed closely by Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with seven noms each.
This year’s track features appearances by Avicii, Bruno Mars, Capital Cities, Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Lorde, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, and more.
The revelation came during a sit-down with music journalist Elliott Wilson backstage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where the two chopped it up about hopping on the Yeezus tour and A Tribe Called Quest’s legacy.
Jay let his fans know that he’s going vegan in the name of the 22Days Challenge, a dietary plan started by his friend, exercise physiologist Marco Borges.
Shoppers will need a Jay Z-sized budget to procure the high-end items, which tops out at $58,000 for a Mollino alligator leather jacket. The most affordable item is a $70 graphic print T-shirt featuring gold metallic print.
“I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem.”
The song will likely be included on the upcoming Timbaland artist album, which the producer recently announced will be called ‘Textbook Timbo’
While Jay Z studies the fine distinctions in the case, many wonder if and how his continued association with a tainted property might affect his reputation.
This week, Jay faced criticism for his recent partnership with Barneys New York after two African American shoppers claimed the store racially profiled them.