On the eve of Music’s Biggest Night, Clive Davis hosted his prestigious annual gala, where JAY-Z was celebrated with the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award.
Held at the Sheraton New York Times Square, the extravagant soirée was attended by some of music’s biggest stars, including Hov and his wife Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Quincy Jones, Cardi B, Diddy, Cassie, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Sting, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, and many more.
During his speech, Hov opened up about boycotting the 1999 Grammys after his sophomore album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life was snubbed.
“I didn’t come back until… 2004 when a beautiful, young lady whom I love dearly had a solo album… the beautiful Miss Beyoncé,” said the 21-time Grammy winner, who’s been nominated 74 times. “I realized, ‘Man, art is super subjective and everyone is doing their best, and the Academy, they’re human like we are and they’re voting on things they like and it’s subjective.’”