Bey wore a plush black velvet gown with a high neck, cold shoulders and two thigh-high slits, opting to accessorise with both a wide brimmed black hat and fierce black cat-eye sunglasses. JAY-Z said, "a lovely lady whom I love dearly" prompted his return in 2004 when Beyonce, whom he referred to as "The First Lady of Music", was nominated for her debut solo album, insane in Love. However, he stressed that non-involvement was not the right course of action because "we see the most incredible artists stand on that stage".
The 48-year-old rapper was presented with the GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award for his contributions as an industry trailblazer and music visionary.
In perhaps what is the best moment to be captured in gif form at this year's Grammys, we have visual evidence of what looks like Blue Ivy totally putting her parents in their place.
JAY-Z was saluted at Clive Davis's pre-Grammy party in NY on Saturday (Jan. 27).
We are eagerly anticipating their Grammy fit tonight.
West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar closely trails Jay-Z with seven nods. Jay-Z felt that it was an exceptional year for DMX, yet he did not receive a single nomination.
The music executive was tight-lipped, per usual, about who would perform this year.
A dark horse in the category is Awaken, My Love!', the psychedelic, R&B-infused album of Childish Gambino, the rap alter ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover.
Hova is one of the top nominees in this Sunday's awards show including eight nominations for Album, Song, and Record of the year.
The star-studded event was also attended by Hailee Steinfeld, Zayn Malik, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Pink and Carey Hart, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and more, and featured performances by Luis Fonsi, Barry Manilow, Migos and Ben Platt, among others.
For more pre-GRAMMYs coverage, watch below.