Beyonce Becomes Biggest Grammy Award Winner in History
Beyonce has become the most Grammy-winning artist of all time, receiving her 32nd trophy at this year’s ceremony.
The pop superstar, 41, made history by winning Best Dance/Electronic Album for his Renaissance house sampling album.
This record puts her one notch higher than the previous record held by British-Hungarian conductor Georg Solti, who died in 1997.
“I’m trying not to get too emotional, I’m trying to take tonight,” she said after stepping onto the stage.
She thanked her husband Jay-Z, their children, God and Uncle Jonny, who introduced her to the eerie dance music, saying he was “not here but he is here in spirit”.
Referring to her album, which draws on the history of LGBTQ culture, she added: “I want to thank the gay community – you guys invented the genre.”
The award was presented by British TV presenter James Corden, who said it was an “honor” to be given the task.
“Tonight we are witnessing history,” he said before announcing the results.
Beyonce arrived late at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and missed receiving one of her prizes.
Host Trevor Noah joked to the audience that she was “on her way” before handing her the award in person at her table, where she was sitting with husband Jay-Z.
Her wins of the night also included best R&B song, best dance/electronic record and best traditional R&B performance – but she didn’t score any major awards. .
The biggest award – album of the year – went to Harry Styles with his third album Harry’s House.
Receiving the trophy from one of his fans, whom he embraced, Styles said “there is no such thing as the best” and that he has been inspired by all the other artists. in this category.
“This is kind, this doesn’t happen often to people like me and it’s great,” he added.
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There were surprise winners elsewhere, with Lizzo beating Beyonce, Adele and Styles to take the record of the year with About Dam Time.
The American singer singled out Beyonce during her acceptance speech, telling her she had “changed my life” and also paying tribute to the late music star Prince.
Bonnie Raitt shocked the world by taking home the Grammy Award for song of the year performed by US First Lady Jill Biden.
“This is just an unreal moment, thank you for honoring me,” the 73-year-old blues singer and guitarist said after beating out familiar names and pop heavyweights for the title. prize.
Despite missing out on major accolades, Adele won a Grammy for best pop solo performance, with her hit song Easy On Me, dedicated to her son Angelo.
Adele said her partner, Rich Paul, told her to “don’t cry” when accepting the award, but she became visibly emotional nonetheless.
American jazz singer Samara Joy was named best new artist, beating British indie duo Wet Leg and Italian Eurovision champion Maneskin to win.
Elsewhere in the night, Sam Smith and Kim Petras won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo Performance for their collaborative song Unholy, making Petras the first transgender woman to win. this award.
“Sam, I love you so much and this song has been an incredible journey for me,” she said.
Kendrick Lamar won the Grammy for Best Rap Album with Mr Morale & The Big Steppers, while Best Country Album went to Willie Nelson with A Beautiful Time.
Country star Shania Twain, wearing a bright red wig, presented and received awards on behalf of the 89-year-old veteran singer, who was absent from the event.
Rappers Migos Takeoff, Christine McVie and Jeff Beck were among the famous faces remembered in the tribute.
Musical accompaniment comes from Kacey Musgraves, Mick Fleetwood, Sheryl Crow and Quavo.
Quavo performed the emotional song Without You, written recently in memory of his late grandson, who was fatally shot in November 2022.
During the show’s opening minutes, Adele had the chance to meet one of her heroes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Host Noah revealed that the pair weren’t sure to be big fans of each other prior to the introduction.
“Adele meets The Rock, The Rock meets Adele,” he said, making the audience laugh.
Adele blushed and smiled and hugged Johnson, who appeared behind her by surprise.
The awards ceremony kicked off with an explosive performance by Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny.
Many spectators stood up to dance, including famous faces like Taylor Swift.
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