Beyoncé breaks Grammys record, is now most-decorated artist
Beyoncé stands alone on her Grammy throne: With her fourth win Sunday night, she has become the most decorated artist in the show's history surpassing the 26-year-old record once held by the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti.
"I'm trying not to be too emotional," the superstar said as her husband Jay-Z stood and applauded her. The singer thanked her late uncle, her parents, Jay-Z and her children for supporting her. "I'm just trying to receive this night. I want to thank God for protecting me. Thank you, God."
Beyoncé has now collected 32 awards after she won for best R&B song for "Cuff It," dance-electric music recording for "Break My Soul," traditional R&B performance for "Plastic Off the Sofa" and dance-electric music for her seventh studio album "Renaissance," which is also nominated for album of the year.
Beyoncé missed the milestone of tying Solti's record, which stood since 1997. Host Trevor Noah said she was on her way to the ceremony but blamed Los Angeles traffic for not being in person to accept it. The song was written by several writers including Beyonce, The-Dream, Nile Rodgers and Raphael Saadiq.
Once Beyoncé — the night's leading nominee — finally arrived, Noah presented her with the best R&B song award at her table.
Bad Bunny opened the Grammy Awards with a festive, high-energy performance that brought many of the audience including Taylor Swift who rose to her feet and danced near her table at Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena.
Styles won the main telecast's first award for best pop vocal album for "Harry's House." The singer said recording the song was one of the "greatest experiences of my life. It's been my greatest joy."
Sam Smith and Kim Petras won best pop duo-group performance for their song "Unholy." Petras said Smith wanted Petras to make the acceptance speech because "I'm the first transgender woman to win this award."
Kendrick Lamar won sixth career trophy for best rap performance for "The Heart Part 5" and also won best rap album for his studio offering, "Mr. Morales & The Big Steppers."
This year's Grammys have also introduced several new categories, including one for video game music composition, which went to the soundtrack for "Assassins Creed: Valhalla."
The show marks a return to Los Angeles after the pandemic first delayed, then forced the Grammys to move to Las Vegas last year. Noah hosted the ceremony as well, which saw Jon Batiste take home album of the year.