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The latest affirmations of Jay-Z’s significant recording career came in March, when “Savage” won Best Rap Song, his 23rd Grammy, breaking a tie with Kanye West for most by a rapper; and then in October, with his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Various business enterprises have also crowded his calendar since 2004, and this year is no exception, like the champagne partnership with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and his appointment to Square’s board of directors in March. The following month saw him invest in sports e-commerce play Fanatics, joining its board and teaming on the company’s bid for a New York gaming license, which would make Jay the first Black investor to procure one in that state’s history. Through his cannabis brand, Monogram, he gets his views known on regulation reform.


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Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Jay-Z Explains How His Song 'Guns Go Bang' Almost Didn't Make It Into 'The Harder They Fall'

Jay-Z Explains How His Song 'Guns Go Bang' Almost Didn't Make It Into 'The Harder They Fall'

It’s a big deal when multi-hyphenate Shawn Carter — better known as Jay-Z — makes an appearance pretty much anywhere — and his presence at a Q&A at Hollywood's Neuehouse on Tuesday night, moderated by Variety's Jazz Tangcay, was a really big deal.Carter, who served as a producer on Netflix’s “The Harder They Fall,” was at the event to talk about his collaboration with friend and director/composer Jeymes Samuel.https://twitter.com/jazzt/status/1471013257590702081A fully-vaxxed and tested crowd of AMPAS voters and members of the...


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