After a two-month postponement by the Recording Academy, the 63 Grammy Awards were finally given away this past Sunday, March 14, at the LA Convention Center. This edition of the annual Grammys had as one of its primary themes the impact of the pandemic on the arts, and thus was reflected on there being no audience but those watching online and on CBS. Performances and presentations were done on five stages arranged in a circle. In this unique arrangement were several records broken, particularly by Beyoncé, in terms of lifetime total in Grammy Awards received.
People.com reports that Beyoncé now holds the record of being the most-awarded female artist in the history of the Grammy Awards. Not any regular artist could rack up no less than nine nominations in an awards night. Even lesser are those who could win almost half of those categories. Beyoncé won this year’s Grammys for Best R&B Performance (“Black Parade”), Best Rap Performance (“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion), Best Rap Song (again “Savage”) and Best Music Video (“Brown Skin Girl”). Add that to her past Grammy victories and she has 28. She has just surpassed bluegrass musician Alison Krauss, who had 27 awards herself.
“As an artist, I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times,” Beyoncé said upon receiving Best R&B Performance as her Grammy number 28 that evening. “I wanted to uplift and encourage all of the Black kings and queens who inspire me and inspire the whole world…I can’t believe this happened, it’s such a magical night.” Currently, Beyoncé is tied with Grammy Legend Quincy Jones at 28 career awards. They still have a ways to go however to catch up to the current Grammy total titleholder, conductor Georg Stolti who won 31 Grammys for his orchestra recordings before his 1997 death.
Also among the winners last Sunday is Filipina-American singer-songwriter H.E.R., who was nominated three times and won twice, for Best R&B Song (“Better Than I Imagined” with Robert Glasper and Meshell Ndegeocello), and Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe.” On her Twitter post dated March 16, she related how her “Tita” Joan congratulated her Grammy victories with Filipino-accented English, much to the amusement of Filipinos on the comments.
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