Beyoncé breaks the record for the artist with the most Grammys at a historic ceremony | Grammy Awards 2023
Beyoncé became the most awarded artist in Grammys history at a historic night in Los Angeles.
The singer, who arrived late to the ceremony after being stuck in traffic, won for Best R&B Song, Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance. She has now won 32 Grammy Awards.
“I try not to get too emotional,” the 41-year-old said on stage after winning the dance/electronic album record award. “I’m just trying to receive tonight.” She also paid tribute to both her “beautiful husband” and the “queer community for their love and for inventing the genre.”
Harry Styles won the biggest Grammy of the night, album of the year, for Harry’s House. “I’ve been so, so inspired by all of the artists in this category with me,” he said of winning over Beyoncé and Adele. “I think on nights like tonight, it’s so important to remember that there is no better in music…it doesn’t happen very often to people like me.” It also won Best Pop Vocal Album.
Adele won Best Pop Solo Performance for Easy on Me, her sixteenth Grammy to date. “I was really looking forward to coming tonight,” she said at the start of a brief but moving acceptance speech that saw her choke up while talking about her son.
Kendrick Lamar brought home Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album. “I would like to thank the culture for allowing me to grow,” he said in an acceptance speech, referring to the Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers album as one of his most recent projects. more “hard”.
Lizzo won Record of the Year for About Damn Time. “It’s so unexpected,” she said. “I want to dedicate this award to Prince. When we lost Prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music. She also paid tribute to Beyoncé for changing her life, calling her “the artist of our lives”.
Bonnie Raitt beat Adele, Styles, Lamar, Lizzo and Beyoncé to win Song of the Year for Just Like That. “I’m so surprised, I don’t know what to say,” she said before paying tribute to her friend and inspiration John Prine. “Thank you so much, I’m just totally humbled,” she added.
Kim Petras also became the second transgender woman to win a Grammy, winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Sam Smith for their song Unholy. “I want to thank all the transgender legends before me,” Petras said, before paying tribute to the late singer Sophie, saying her “inspiration will forever be in my music.” Madonna introduced a performance by Petras and Smith later that evening, saying, “If they call you shocking, outrageous, awkward, problematic, provocative, or dangerous, you’re definitely onto something.”
The ceremony returned to Los Angeles after traveling to Las Vegas last year due to rising Covid rates in the city. Host Trevor Noah celebrated music as a way to unite us despite our differences. “Music is not just the harmony of sound, but the harmony of human beings,” he said. He called it a way to “reject division to find moments of joy”.
The evening kicked off with an energetic performance by Bad Bunny that saw stars rise to the occasion, such as Jack Harlow and Taylor Swift, who won Best Music Video for All Too Well: The Short Film. Bad Bunny also won the Grammy for Best Urban Music Album.
Migos member Quavo paid tribute to his late nephew and colleague Takeoff, in an emotional montage of music personalities who died last year. Other performers in the section, who also remembered David Crosby and Coolio, included Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.
There was also the introduction of a new award aimed at celebrating artists who have made major contributions to black music. The Dr. Dre Global Impact Award was presented to Dr. Dre himself in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. It preceded a special performance to pay tribute to the genre organized by Questlove and featuring artists such as Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Salt n Pepa, Public Enemy, Ice T, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes and Nelly.
First Lady Jill Biden was a surprise presenter, announcing the first winner for Best Song for Social Change, awarded to Iranian singer Shervin Hajipour for Baraye, “a powerful and poetic call for women’s freedom and rights.” Hajipour was arrested two days after the song was released, but was later released on bail.
The award for best new artist of the year, which has already been awarded to artists such as Billie Eilish, Lauryn Hill, Adele and Chance the Rapper, went to New York jazz singer Samara Joy.
Viola Davis was also a part of the EGOT club tonight, the term given to artists who have won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys. The actor won a Grammy for the audiobook of his memoir Finding Me. Other members of the exclusive category include Audrey Hepburn, John Legend and Whoopi Goldberg. Davis then received a standing ovation during an award presentation on stage.
Dave Chappelle won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his controversial special The Closer, which received backlash for comments against the transgender community. Chappelle beat out Louis CK, whose nomination was also divisive given the comedian was accused of sexual harassment.