Beyoncé breaks lifetime Grammy winning record, thanks God and the ‘queer community’

(AFP) Queen of Pop Beyoncé reigned supreme at the Grammys on Sunday, breaking the all-time record for wins with her 32nd award and fourth of the night to resounding applause.

The 41-year-old entered the day with the best chance of winning Grammy gold with nine, following the release of “Renaissance,” her rich, layered ode to club music.

She clinched the title by winning the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for her hit “Renaissance”, surpassing the late classical bandleader Georg Solti, who won 31 awards.

“I try not to be too emotional. And I’m just trying to receive tonight,” said Queen Bey, wearing a shimmering, form-fitting dress, her hair in mermaid waves as her peers witnessed the historic moment.

Beyoncé thanked her family and paid special tribute to the queer community, to whom she credits the invention of the genre she celebrated in her historic record which pays tribute to the pioneers of funk, soul, rap, house and disco.

Beyoncé remains a strong contender for the night’s main awards for album, record and song of the year – but so does British ballad Adele, whose introspective album ’30’ won her earned seven nods.

The 2023 showdown drew obvious comparisons to 2017, when Adele scooped top prizes at the music industry’s glitzy gala, excluding Queen Bey’s culture-shaking ‘Lemonade’.

Despite breaking record after record, when it comes to all three major awards, Beyoncé curiously remains something of an underdog in those categories.

It has never won Album of the Year honors and although it has the most nominations for Record of the Year with eight, it has never won that award either.

She only scored song of the year once, for “Single Ladies” in 2008.

Carlile, Lamar with three wins each

Folk rocker Brandi Carlile and rapper Kendrick Lamar had won three awards halfway through the ceremony.

“It’s one of my hardest records to make,” Lamar said of “Mr. Morale and Big Steps.”

“And it allowed me to do that and share other people’s experiences. Thinking back to my beginnings in rap, to the path traveled, I would like to thank the culture for having allowed me to evolve to make a song.

Actress Viola Davis became the latest showbiz heavyweight to win a coveted EGOT – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner – by winning the Grammy for Best Audiobook, Storytelling and narration for his memoir “Finding Me”.

Bad Bunny kicked off the 65th annual Grammys gala by putting the audience on their feet with the first performance, after which Harry Styles jumped out the door winning Best Pop Vocal Album for his record ‘Harry’s House’ .

“Thank you very much. This album, from start to finish, was the greatest experience of my life,” he said on stage.

The star-studded 65th annual gala, once again hosted by comedian Trevor Noah, also featured performances from Styles, Lizzo and Mary J. Blige, as well as an exuberant tribute to hip-hop music featuring a constellation of ‘stars.

Bad Bunny, arguably the biggest commercial artist in the world, scooped Musica Urbana’s Best Album award for their breakthrough release “Un Verano Sin Ti”, also up for Album of the Year.

“Thank you to all Latinos around the world,” he said in his native Spanish as he accepted his award. “We will continue to take this genre to the next level.”

Industry watchers were also waiting to see if pop juggernaut Swift – who walked the red carpet in a sparkling deep blue ensemble alluding to her latest album ‘Midnights’ – could take home the song of the year award that eluded him for years.

The superstar – who kept his vow to re-record his first six albums to take control of his rights to them – has a shot at winning the award celebrating songwriters for his 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’.

She previously won Best Music Video for her short film based on the song.

Best New Artist hopefuls strike gold

After several years of Grammys with clear best new artist favorites — Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish — Sunday’s race is wide open.

The category has become increasingly eclectic and reflects the impact of the internet age on popular music, and many nominees – including Brazilian Anitta, Eurovision rockers Maneskin and rapper Latto – have all found viral fame on TikTok.

Wet Leg swept through the alternative music categories, as several of the nominees leapt with early wins: Muni Long stole one of Beyonce’s nine opportunities to win Best R&B Performance, while Molly Tuttle won the award for Best Bluegrass Album.

And jazz performer Samara Joy won Best Jazz Vocal Album.


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