Beyoncé made history by becoming the most awarded artist ever at the Grammys, after taking home four statuettes at the 65th edition of the awards, handed out this morning in Los Angeles.
Beyoncé now has 32 Grammys, surpassing Anglo-Hungarian conductor Georg Solti as the artist with the most Oscars from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and breaking a record set in 1997.
“I’m trying not to get too emotional,” Beyoncé said in her Best Dance/Electronic Album acceptance speech for “Renaissance,” to an ovation from an audience of her peers. “I want to thank God for protecting me,” she continued.
Beyoncé also thanked her family and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, and gave a word to her fans, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. “I want to thank the queer community for your love,” she said.
Beyoncé was the night’s most nominated artist, with nominations in nine categories, and the four she won catapulted her to the top of the Grammys podium. It won Best Dance/Electronic Album for “Renaissance,” Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Break my Soul,” Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa,” and “Cuff it ”, Best R&B Song.
With this edition, the singer has accumulated a total of 88 Grammy nominations in her career and is tied with her husband Jay-Z. Both are the most nominated artists in Academy history, with Beyoncé already the most awarded female artist ever.
However, the singer was considered one of the favorites in the most coveted awards – Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year – but did not win in any of these categories. Beyoncé never won Album of the Year, despite successive nominations, with only three African-American artists achieving this feat: Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston and Lauryn Hill.
In 2020, singer John Legend said it was “nearly impossible” for an African-American artist to win Album of the Year and pointed to the multiple times Beyoncé has lost the category.
On stage, one of the winners who spoke of Beyoncé’s influence was Lizzo, who won Record of the Year with the song “About Damn Time” from the album “Special”.
“You changed my life,” said Lizzo. “When I was in the 5th grade, I skipped classes to go to one of your concerts”, she revealed.
Harry Styles won Album of the Year (“Harry’s House”) and Bonnie Raitt won Song of the Year (“Just Like That”).
The 65th edition of the Grammy Awards, handed out by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, took place this morning at the Crytpo.com Arena, in Los Angeles, with a presentation by comedian Trevor Noah.