Beyoncé Knowles has racked up countless accolades and achievements in her career, and last night was no exception.
Renaissance is the seventh studio album by Beyonce, released in July last year. Upon its release, the album received immense praise from critics and fans alike. On Renaissance, Bey uses her personal memories with her uncle Johnny, and influences from the black queer community to create a 1-hour long house music experience. The bold leap into the electronic genre was a bold step for the Houston singer, but one that’s paying off in spades.
A Record-Breaking Night
The 65th Grammy awards were held yesterday Feb 5 in Los Angeles, and Bey took home four trophies boosting her overall count to 32. The academy awarded Bey best dance/electronic recording for “Break My Soul,” best traditional R&B performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa,” best R&B song for “Cuff It” and best dance/electronic album for Renaissance. This makes for an extremely fruitful night but also makes history. Beyonce is now officially the most Grammy-awarded artist in the history of the ceremony. It’s a highly coveted honor and one that didn’t go ignored by attendees that night or people watching at home.
Receiving her Flowers
This isn’t the first time Bey has made history on the Grammy stage. Back in 2010, she became the first female artist to win six Grammys in one single night. She achieved another milestone for women in the industry in 2020 when she became the most Grammy-awarded female artist with 28 wins. Still, the big night didn’t go without some disappointments for the beehive. Renaissance lost out on the album of the year award to Harry Styles’ Harry’s House. It continues a controversial and notable trend of Beyonce losing that particular category. In 2017, her highly praised album Lemonade was beaten by Adele’s 25. Bey’s third studio album I am… Sasha Fierce lost to Taylor Swift’s Fearless. In addition to this, in 2015 Beck’s Morning Phase secured the AOTY win over Beyonce’s self-titled album.
Regardless of the criticism surrounding her AOTY loss, Feb 5 marked a massively important breakthrough for Beyonce. Fellow artists that night like Lizzo and Glorilla showed appreciation for the Virgo’s impressive career longevity and made sure to give Bey her flowers.
Written by Dreema Carrington