Beyoncé officially has the most Grammys of any artist
Beyoncé was already a queen, but now she’s the queen of the Grammys.
Bey has just become the most awarded artist in Grammys history, with a record 32 wins. The award that put her over the wire was Best Dance/Electronic Album, which she won for her famous record “Renaissance.”
Her landmark achievement came before the show even ended, so there’s still time for her to earn more — ‘Renaissance’ is also nominated for album of the year, which has yet to be awarded.
The crowd rose to celebrate Beyoncé’s victory. She thanked her late Uncle Johnny, whose name she dropped in the song “Heated,” as well as her husband and three children. She also recognized LGBTQ artists who inspired and directly contributed to “Renaissance.”
“I would like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing the genre,” she said.
Grammys host Trevor Noah said Bey’s win also settled another question: “We can finally end the GOAT debate; it’s done now – it’s Beyoncé,” he said.
Beyoncé marked the album of the summer with “Renaissance,” an effervescent ode to New York’s disco and ballroom scene in the 70s and 80s, a community founded by black gay and trans people. Four songs from “Renaissance” were nominated for Grammys this year, with “Break My Soul” earning nods for song and record of the year.
Earlier Sunday, Beyoncé won the Grammys for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best Electronic Dance Recording for “Plastic Off the Sofa” and “Break My Soul,” respectively. She won at least one award in absentia: Noah told the audience that Bey was stuck in traffic on her way to the ceremony, so legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers accepted the award for best R&B performance, for “Cuff It” , in his name.
Beyoncé has racked up 88 Grammy nominations over her career. She was already the most awarded female performer ahead of Sunday’s milestone. Conductor Georg Solti previously held the record for the most Grammys won by a single artist.