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After Knockin'Em Jay-Z Will Keep Grammy

Jay-Z, despite his protests of the Grammy awards, will hold on to his award for Best Rap Album

March 3, 1999 12:00 AM ET

Although Jay-Z was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album| at Wednesday night's Grammy awards, he did not attend saying that the Grammys continue to overlook major hip-hop artists. Still, despite his boycott of the ceremony, Jigga will keep the award he won for Best Rap Album for "Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life."

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