GRAMMY Nominees 2014 Announced: Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead the Pack
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.
Jay Z turned 44 with a flurry of activity yesterday (Dec. 4), including going vegan and the release of a new remix for his song “Tom Ford,” which features a verse from the late rapper Pimp C.
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’
And though three (G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and 50 Cent) against Jay Z may appear an unfair fight, rest assured a former underdog like H.O.V.A. probably would like his odds.
The gift in question is a limited-edition Shawn Carter Classic Fusion watch by Swedish watchmaker Hublot and co-designed by Jay Z that retails for $33,900.
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.
Before the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired, or were even recorded weeks before broadcast, its outcome wasn’t a matter of whether Kendrick Lamar or Drake would win awards. Instead, it was a matter of how many and, perhaps more importantly, who would win more?
“Made In America is a bigger idea than just a concert.” Jay Z isn’t short on ambition, but in a landscape that also includes Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, can another “destination festival” — even one curated by Jay — really be more than “just a concert?”
Hova took to his website, Life+Times, to post a photo of his 100 copies of Crenshaw. Jay being Jay, he even sort of took credit for it, captioning the pic with his own #NewRules slogan.
“Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’…represents a perfect example of a unique and groundbreaking collaboration that I hope demonstrates how inspiring New York has been to me,” Jay Z said.