Emmys: A Jay Z Lyric Became an Unexpected Callback at the 2016 Show

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The song "Public Service Announcement" is off the rapper's 'The Black Album.'

Sure, Beyonce's Lemonade was up for four awards this year, but no one was expecting Jay Z to get this much shine at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

It started when Sterling K. Brown, accepting his trophy for best supporting actor in limited series/movie for The People vs. O.J. Simpson, called out his wife: "Contrary to popular belief, I got the hottest chick in the game rockin' my chain," he said, referencing Jay's "Public Service Announcement" from The Black Album.

Courtney B. Vance kept the Hova love going while accepting the Emmy for best actor in a limited series/movie, also for The People vs. O.J. Simpson: "Last but not least, to the woman who rocks my chain -- thank you Angela Bassett, this one's for you girl."

John Oliver, accepting the Emmy for best variety talk series for Last Week With John Oliver, joined in, too: "I want to thank my wife -- the hottest chain, or whatever."

When Steven Moffat took the stage to accept the Emmy for best television movie for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, he kept the Jay Z reference going… even if he didn't quite understand it.

"I want to thank my wife. Not only does she rock… whatever that was," he said, stumbling over the Hova lyric, "But she produces the show."

Here's a public service announcement for Moffat: Buy The Black Album!

The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, aired live on Sunday, Sept. 18, on ABC. Head here for the full list of winners.