Jay-Z is among 16 recording artists who were selected for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the 2021 class of inductees.
According to Variety, this is the first year the 51-year-old is eligible, as his first album, Reasonable Doubt, was released 25 years earlier in 1996.
“I’m not a businessman,” Jay-Z rapped once. “Man, I am a business man.”
The Brooklyn-born MC, true to his name, is not only one of the best hip hop artists of all time, but he has parlayed artistic success into successful music, fashion, and sports business ventures.
He has won 22 Grammy Awards and helped, among others, to launch the careers of Kanye West, Rihanna, and Willow Smith. With the opening of Roc Nation Sports, which produces the NFL’s halftime shows, the husband of global sensation Beyoncé Knowles Carter has also dominated the sports agent market.
Other returning nominees include Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, Dionne Warwick and, oddly, Tina Turner—who is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for some bizarre reason.
In May, the 36th yearly class will be announced.