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Beyoncé’s fans, affectionately known as the “Bey Hive,” weren’t the only ones who thought her album would win Album of the Year at the Grammys. During a pre-ceremony with Tidal, her husband Jay-Z stood up for his wife and shared the same sentiments.

The iconic rapper said that Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed hit, “Renaissance,” should take home the award. Unfortunately, Harry Styles’ record, “Harry’s House,” won the Grammy. Jay-Z defended his wife’s line of work: “The truth is, we grew up wanting to be on the Grammys, and it was our goal. We just want them to get it right. That’s what we want. Even with Bey, I felt like they missed the moment. Not just ‘Lemonade,’ [but] when Beck won over her. I was like, ‘Oh, y’all missed it.’”

Jay-Z was referring to the multiple Grammy upsets Beyoncé has endured through the years. In 2015, Beck’s “Morning Phase” beat out her self-titled album. Then again in 2017, Adele’s “25” bested Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album, on top of other Grammy upsets. Jay-Z said of “Renaissance” to journalist Elliot Wilson, “Look what it’s done to the culture. Look how the energy of the world moved. They play her whole album in the club. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. The whole entire joint, like everything? Every remix is amazing. Everyone’s inspired. It has inspired the world.”

Jay-Z believed an album that inspired creativity had to be the album of the year. However, the Grammys disagreed and gave Harry Styles the trophy for his record-breaking pop album “Harry’s House,” which he didn’t believe. During his acceptance speech, Styles said, “I think on nights like tonight, it’s important for us to remember there is no such thing as ‘best’ in music. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often, and this is so, so nice.”

Styles also beat out Adele, ABBA, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile and Kendrick Lamar in the category, but Beyoncé made history on Grammy night. She ultimately won four trophies, bringing her total Grammy count to 32, making her the most-awarded artist in Grammy history.

Jay-Z continued in his Tidal interview, “Obviously, it’s just music, and it’s all subjective, but you got to be in the ballpark. We grew up watching Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder won three out of four years in a row. Come on, man. They got that [expletive] right. It was no politics.”

Jay-Z performed the DJ Khaled hit “God Did” at the Grammys, rapping his entire four-minute verse while sitting at a recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Despite his wife’s Album of the Year snub, Jay-Z said he enjoyed the ceremony. He also added that he’s likely won some Grammys that he shouldn’t have won and lost some that he should’ve won, but that’s the way it goes.

There’s nothing wrong with a husband defending his wife and her accomplishments. With her line of work, Jay-Z believes that his wife should’ve won Album of the Year at least once during her career. Hopefully, the Grammys will get it right one day and give Beyoncé the recognition she deserves.

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