The Grammys have become a powerhouse in the music industry, and Beyonce on Sunday broke the record for the most wins ever of any artist at the awards show. The singer scored her 32nd prize ever and fourth of the night to resounding applause. She clinched the title for her hit album Renaissance, surpassing the 31 lifetime wins of late classical conductor Georg Solti.
Beyonce remained a powerhouse contender for the night’s major awards of album, record and song of the year — but she lost out to folk rocker Brandi Carlile. British balladeer Adele also earned seven nods for her introspective album “30.”
During the in memoriam segment, stars paid tribute to Loretta Lynn, Migos rapper Takeoff and Christine McVie with touching performances by Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt. They were joined by Quavo and Maverick City Music to honor Takeoff.
In her acceptance speech, Beyonce thanked her family and paid special tribute to the queer community, who she credited with inventing the genre she celebrates on her historically layered record that pays homage to pioneers of funk, soul, rap, house and disco.
She went on to thank her husband Jay-Z, her children and her uncle Johnny, who she credited with helping her through the difficult years following their marriage in 2008. She also thanked her fans for their support and called them the “artists of our lives.”
Beyonce won three other awards during the early awards rounds, including best R&B song for her hit song “Cuff It,” which tied her for the most wins with Georg Solti’s 31 career wins. She also landed the award for best traditional R&B performance for her track “Irreplaceable,” marking her third time winning this prize.
Her nine nominations for the album made her one of the most nominated artists in the history of the Grammys. She had been expected to receive more recognition for her work on the album and her upcoming stadium tour for the album, which will be released later this year.
However, her win for the best dance/electronic album was the real highlight of her performance on the evening. During her award-winning speech, she thanked God for the opportunity to be on this stage and for bringing the love she has to share with the world.
Beyonce Breaks Grammy Record For Most Wins Ever
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She also thanked her late Uncle Johnny for his role in her musical journey, and she thanked her parents for their sacrifice. She thanked her daughter Blue Ivy, and she thanked her twins Rumi and Sir, who were in the audience to cheer her on.
Beyonce also received a standing ovation from her fans for her rendition of her hit single “Crazy In Love,” which she dedicated to her father and mother. She also performed the song with her daughters, who looked on adoringly in the audience.