Beyonce got tearful as she thanked her husband, children, and late gay uncle as she broke the all time record for most wins ever with 32 at the 65th Grammy Awards after arriving fashionably late to a night where Adele and Lizzo also won big but it was Harry Styles who shocked by scooping up the top honor.
The 41-year-old A-lister had missed her previous wins and even the star-studded red carpet but she did not miss the milestone moment where she took home her 32nd gold gramophone trophy at the gala event held at the Crypto.com Center in Los Angeles, California.
The stunner – who earned four trophies total – tried to stop her tears as she expressed her gratitude toward her loved ones as she said: ‘Thank you so much. I’m trying not to be too emotional. And I’m trying to just receive this night. I want to thank god for protecting me. Thank you, god. I’d like to thank my uncle Jonny, who’s not here. But he’s here in spirit.’
She looked gorgeous as ever as she sported a dazzling silver dress and finished her speech by saying: ‘I’d like to thank my parents, my father, my mother, for loving me and pushing me. I’d like to thank my beautiful husband, my beautiful three children who are at home watching.
‘I’d like to thank the queer community for your love. And for inventing this genre. God bless you. Thank you so much to the Grammys. Thank you.’
Grammy Awards 2023 WINNERS: AT A GLANCE
Album of the Year: Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Record of the Year: Lizzo – About Damn Time
Song of the Year: Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That
Best New Artist: Samara Joy
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele – Easy on Me
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Sam Smith & Kim Petras – Unholy
Best Pop Vocal Album: Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Best Dance/Electronic Recording: Beyoncé – Break My Soul
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album: Beyoncé – Renaissance
Best Rock Performance: Brandi Carlile – Broken Horses
Best Rock Song: Brandi Carlile – Broken Horses
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Beyoncé – Plastic Off the Sofa
Best R&B Song: Beyoncé – Cuff It
Best Progressive R&B Album: Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
Best Country Solo Performance: Willie Nelson – Live Forever
Best Country Album: Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Samara Joy – Linger Awhile
Best Música Urbana Album: Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti
Best Americana Performance: Bonnie Raitt – Made Up Mind
Best American Roots Song: Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That
Best Americana Album: Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days
Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording: Viola Davis – Finding Me
Best Comedy Album: Dave Chappelle – The Closer
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Jack Antonoff
Best Remixed Recording: Lizzo – About Damn Time (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Beyonce – who led the nominees at the 2023 ceremony with nine – is also tied with her own husband rapper Jay-Z with 88 nominations total at the storied award show.
Despite a triumphant night, the Queen Bey was unable to secure a win in the elusive Album Of The Year category as she lost out once again on the biggest prize of the night to Harry Styles.
The 29-year-old British singer won for his album Harry’s House as he beat an impressive field of ten total including ABBA – Voyage, Adele – 30, Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti, Beyoncé – Renaissance, Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days, Coldplay – Music of the Spheres, Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Lizzo – Special, and Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe).
The pop star was shocked as he accepted the top prize and said: ‘Um, man. I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me. At a lot of different times in my life, I listened to everyone in this category when I’m alone. And I think like on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember that there is no such thing as bests in music.
‘I don’t think any of us sit in the studio thinking making decisions based on what is going to get us one of these. This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. I’m going to pass it over to my collaborators who are — I’m just so this doesn’t happen to people like me very often. And this is so, so nice. Thank you very, very much.’
Earlier in the night, Harry beat out heavy competition including Adele and Lizzo as he earned the first award of the night at the star-studded event.
He earned Best Pop Vocal Album for his third solo album Harry’s House at the star-studded event.
The As It Was hitmaker beat out ABBA – Voyage, Adele – 30, Coldplay – Music of the Spheres, and Lizzo – Special.
Styles kept his acceptance speech short and sweet as he said: ‘Thank you so much. This album, from start to finish, has been the greatest experience of my life. For making it with two of my best friends, to playing it for people has been the greatest joy I could have asked for.
‘So, I want to thank rob, Jeffrey, Tommy Tom Tom Tyler, and everyone who inspired this album, everyone, all my friends who supported me through it. Thank you so much. I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you so much.’
Adele earned her one Grammy Award on the night in the Best Pop Solo Performance category for smash hit track Easy On Me.
The 34-year-old hitmaker triumphed over Bad Bunny – Moscow Mule, Doja Cat – Woman, Harry Styles – As It Was, Lizzo – About Damn Time, and Steve Lacy – Bad Habit.
She clearly did not expect to win as she said: ‘Oh, thank you. I really was just looking forward to coming tonight. I just want to dedicate this to my son Angelo.
‘Richie said don’t cry. He said if you win tonight, don’t cry. Here I am crying. Just to my son, I wrote this first verse in the shower when I was choosing to change my son’s life, and he’s been nothing but humble and gracious and loving to me the whole time. I love a piano balad with it. Love you all. I love you. Good night!’
Lizzo was one of the biggest winners of the night as she earned the coveted Record Of The Year gong for smash hit About Damn Time.
The 34-year-old Minnesota native beat out a very impressive and packed field including ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down, Adele – Easy on Me, Beyoncé – Break My Soul, Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius – You and Me on the Rock, Doja Cat – Woman, Harry Styles – As It Was, Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5, Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous, and Steve Lacy – Bad Habit.
Lizzo clearly wasn’t expecting to win when she took to the stage, beginning with, ‘Let me tell you something. Me and Adele are having a good time just enjoying ourselves just rooting for our friends. So this is an amazing night. This is so unexpected.’
‘Okay. Now that I’m up here and I’m calm, I want to dedicate this award to Prince. When we lost prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music. And I was like I don’t care if my positivity bother you, what’s wrong with you? And this was at a time when positive music and feel-good music wasn’t mainstream at that point,’ she said.
‘I felt very misunderstood. I felt on the outside looking in. But I stayed true to myself because I wanted to make the world a better place so I had to be that change to make the world better place,’ she said to applause.
‘And now I look around, and there’s all these songs that are about loving our bodies and feeling comfortable in our skin and feeling good! And I’m just so proud to be a part of it. Because in a world where there’s a lot of darkness and a lot of — I’d like to believe that not only can people do good, but we just are good.
‘We are good inherently. And anybody at home who feels misunderstood or on the outside looking in, like I did, just stay true to yourself, because I promise you, you will find people, you will attract people in your life who believe in you and support you. I want to thank y’all for believing in me and supporting me,’ she added.
She went on to thank Blake and Ricky Reed, producers of this record, Nice Life Atlantic, Full Stop, Kevin Alana, Team Lizzo, my team my rock, my family, my mama, my sister, my brother, my daddy! My man.’
‘And lastly because I feel like there are so many G.O.A.T.’d artists. Beyonce, whoo! In the fifth grade I skipped school to see you perform. My sister, she got me out of school. It was literature, I’m good. And where you at, Beyonce in my eyes are wet. Hah! You changed my life. You sang that gospel medley. And the way you made me feel, I was like I want to make people feel this way with my music. So thank you so much. You clearly are the artist of our lives!’ she concluded.
Perhaps the most shocking moment of the night came when Bonnie Raitt was a surprise winner of the Song of the Year award at the Grammys on Sunday, prevailing in a star-studded field of nominees that included Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Beyonce and Adele.
The 73-year-old singer’s Just Like That staved off competition from Adele – Easy on Me, Beyoncé – Break My Soul, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy – God Did, Gayle – ABCDEFU, Harry Styles – As It Was, Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5, Lizzo – About Damn Time, Steve Lacy – Bad Habit, and Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film) to take home the prize.
The Burbank, California-born performer stunned when she was named the winner and made her way out on stage.
‘I’m so surprised, I don’t know what to say,’ she said. ‘I don’t write a lot of songs but I’m so proud that you appreciate this one. I’m totally humbled.’
Raitt was presented the award at Sunday’s show by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Sam Smith and Kim Petras earned Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for hit Unholy as the 30-year-old transgender German singer accepted the honor on behalf of the pop duo.
She said: ‘Um, Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win this award. And I’m so — thank you. Um, and I just want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open before me so I could be here tonight. Sophie my friend who passed away two years ago who told me this would happen and always believed in me. Thank you so much for your inspiration, Sophie. I adore you, and your inspiration will forever be in my music.
‘Madonna for fighting for LGBTQ rights. So much. I don’t think I could be here without Madonna. My mother. I grew up next to a highway in nowhere, Germany. And my mother believed me that I was a girl, and I wouldn’t be here without her. And her support. And everyone who believed in me to this point, I love you so much.’
They won over ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down, Camila Cabello Featuring Ed Sheeran – Bam Bam, Coldplay & BTS – My Universe, and Post Malone & Doja Cat – I Like You (A Happier Song).
Kendrick Lamar won three gongs including the coveted Best Rap Album for Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.
The 35-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner beat out a field including DJ Khaled – God Did, Future – I Never Liked You, Jack Harlow – Come Home the Kids Miss You, and Pusha T – It’s Almost Dry.
As the rapper was open about seeking therapy on his latest album, he thanked his loved ones for their support as he said: ‘First and foremost, I want to thank my family for giving me the courage and, you know, the vulnerability to share these stories and share my truth with this album.’
Bad Bunny was a big star at the event as he earned Best Música Urbana Album for Un Verano Sin Ti.
The 28-year-old Puerto Rican hitmaker – who is the most streamed artist in the world – won over Daddy Yankee – Legendaddy, Farruko – La 167, Maluma – The Love & Sex Tape, and Rauw Alejandro – Trap Cake, Vol. 2.
The award show also kicked off with an energetic Bad Bunny performance of his hit Después de la Playa which saw the likes of Taylor Swift and Jack Harlow dancing to the Puerto Rican megastar’s track.
Then came host Trevor Noah – who served as master of ceremonies for the third year in a row – who had a hilarious monologue.
Lizzo brought positivity and self-love to the Grammy stage on Sunday as she led the star-studded performances.
The three-time Grammy-winning singer, 34, hit the stage in a busty black mini dress with sparkling crystals, metallic boots, and a chunky silver cross around her neck.
She performed About Damn Time — which also won her the Record of the Year Grammy — and Special, the title track from her fourth studio album.
Lizzo — who earlier graced the red carpet in a dramatic orange Dolce & Gabbana dress with a plunging neckline — brought church vibes with her, as a choir assisted the singer in flexing her vocals for the crowd.
She also brought her trademark positivity, singing to the crowd: ‘In case nobody told you today / You’re special / In case nobody made you believe / You’re special / Well, I will always love you the same / You’re special.’
Another memorable performance of the night was Harry Styles, 29, who put on a very energetic performance of his hit song As It Was.
Olivia Wilde’s ex-boyfriend took the stage after winning for best pop vocal album for Harry’s House.
The British singer rocked out the crowd in a metallic fringe jumpsuit as he jumped around the stage on a huge turntable.
While Styles shimmered in his eye-popping outfit, the backup dancers that surrounded him were clad in regular street clothes.
Sam Smith, 30, and Kim Petras, 30, were introduced to the stage by Madonna, who prefaced their controversial performance by saying: ‘Are you ready for a little controversy?’
The Queen of Pop went on: ‘So, here’s what I’ve learned after four decades in music. If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative, or dangerous, you are definitely onto something.’
‘I’m here to give thanks to all the rebels out there forging a new path and taking the heat for all of it,’ she said, right before Smith and Petras took the stage for their hit duet song, ‘Unholy.’
Smith — who goes by they/them pronouns — then performed a choreographed routine in the middle of dancers clad in hellish red-outfits while the singer wore a devil horn top hat.
Meanwhile Petras — who became the first transgender woman to win a Grammy award for the chart topping song — danced inside of a steel cage.
Three of the most legendary voices got together when Stevie Wonder joined Smokey Robinson and Chris Stapleton for a Motown Medley in honor of Robinson and Berry Gordy.
They were also joined by R&B group WanMor, as they performed the Temptations’ The Way You Do the Things You Do.
They also performed The Tears of a Clown and Higher Ground.
Mary J. Blige looked flawless as she took the stage to perform her self-affirmation hit ‘Good Morning Gorgeous.’
The Queen of R&B wore a plunging crystal-adorned form-fitting gown with a sizzling thigh-high slit and bedazzled black boots.
She paired the look with a wide-brimmed hat as she gave an emotional performance of the title track from her 14th studio album.
Country superstar Luke Combs, 32, took the Grammy stage for the first time ever, and performed his song ‘Going, Going, Gone’.
He opted for a less-theatrical approach to his performance, strumming on his blue guitar against the backdrop of a night sky.
Another high point of the show was the Grammys’ 50th-anniversary hip-hop tribute, with a number of artists taking the stage, including Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Black Thought, Flavor Flav and more.
Brandi Carlile, 41, was introduced to the stage by her partner, Catherine Shepherd, and two daughters.
The singer gave an electrifying performance of her hit Broken Horses.
source: daily mail