In an epic photo shared by his longtime engineer Young Guru on Tuesday (November 8), Hov can be seen posing with his entire collection of gold gramophone trophies, 24 in total.
The photo shows JAY-Z sitting on the edge of a couch surrounded by all of his Grammys, which are neatly placed on serving trays next to a variety of finger foods.
Jay, whose face is obscured by a black Los Angeles Dodgers cap, even holds one of the awards up to his mouth as if sipping from it – a nod to the famous photo of him drinking his D’USSÉ Cognac out of a Grammy at the 2013 ceremony.
“It’s crazy how a 5 minute conversation with HOV can refocus your whole life. I appreciate you Big Homie. My anchor is strong,” Young Guru captioned the video. “For motivational purposes only. But this is my real life!”
Busta rhymesDJ Clark Kent, Tony Yayo, Boi-1da and Lenny “Kodak Lens” Santiago were among those who soaked up the motivation in the Instagram comments section.
JAY-Z’s 24 Grammy Awards are most of any hip hop artistbound with Kanye West. He is also the one most nominated artist in Grammy history with a total of 83 nods – two more than Beatles legend Paul McCartney.
Hov’s Grammys selection began in 1999, when his third album with great success Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life won Best Rap Album, beating Ma$e’s Harlem world and A Tribe Called Quest’s The love movementamong other.
Despite a string of nominations in subsequent years, Jay’s next wins didn’t come until 2004 thanks to his “Crazy In Love” duet with Beyoncewhich took home Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The Brooklyn billionaire’s most successful night at the Grammys came in 2013, when he won three awards for his See the throne hits “N-ggas In Paris” (Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance) and “No Church in the Wild” (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration).
However, JAY-Z hasn’t always shared the best relationship with the Grammys. He famously boycotted the ceremony in 1999 after DMXs It’s dark and hell is hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Bloodwere both snubbed in the Best Rap Album category.
“We both came out the year he wasn’t nominated,” Jay explained LeBron James’ The store last year. “He had two No. 1 albums in the same year, they didn’t even nominate him. I won that year for Rap Album, so my first Grammy win, I wasn’t there. I boycotted it for him. There was a competition thing, but it was great love.”
Nearly two decades later, JAY-Z entered the 2018 Grammy Awards as the year’s most nominated artist with eight nods thanks to his critically acclaimed 04:44 LP, but left empty-handed.
He later vented his frustration with the Recording Academy on his “Apeshit” collaboration with Beyoncé, rapping: “Tell the Grammys that 0-to-8 shit.”
The nominees will be announced on November 15th, while the actual ceremony will be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5th.