Beyoncé sets new record for most Grammy wins in history: NPR
Beyoncé has now won more Grammys than any other artist, thanks to a quartet of trophies for her Renaissance album. Two-thirds into the evening’s live broadcast, she won her fourth award of the year for a total of 32 in her career, breaking the record for the most Grammys of any artist in its 65-year history. price.
Prior to this year’s awards, Beyoncé already had 28 Grammys as a lead artist and had earned nine nominations this year. It hit the new high just after 7:00 p.m. PT when it won Best Electronic/Dance Music Album. She cried as she took to the stage saying, “I’m just trying to receive tonight.” She later paid homage to her ancestry and inspiration, adding, “I would like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing the genre,” referencing the house music that founded Renaissance.
Faced with years of declining and average viewership, the Grammys hoped to amp up the dazzle this year via this piece of history. What the Record Academy had clearly hoped would be a big live TV moment earlier was foiled by urban sprawl. Half an hour into the show, Beyoncé — reportedly late to the awards thanks to LA traffic — tied the all-time record for most Grammys won when she and a team of co- authors won best R&B song for “Cuff It.” The previous Grammy record of 31 wins was a feat set by the late Hungarian-born classical bandleader Georg Solti, who had 31 Grammys. Iconic musician and songwriter Nile Rogers, one of the co-writers of “Cuff It,” accepted the award for Best R&B Song on behalf of the team along with fellow co-writer The-Dream.
In another historic moment, 2023 marked the first time an openly non-binary person or openly transgender woman won a Grammy. Both glass ceilings were shattered when Sam Smith and Kim Petras received the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song “Unholy.” (Musician Wendy Carlos won three Grammys in 1970 for her album Bach onbut she was not yet publicly living as a woman at that time.)
During the so-called Grammy “premiere” show, the pre-broadcast ceremony in which the Recording Academy presented nearly 80 awards. Among that vast array of awards, actress Viola Davis became an EGOT – the proud recipient of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards – on Sunday afternoon when she won a Grammy for the audio version of her memoir, To find me.