2023 Grammys: Beyoncé breaks wins doc, loses prime awards

Beyoncé was the large winner — and loser — on the sixty fifth Grammy Awards.

the prolonged-lasting singer, who led the sphere with 9 nominations this yr, obtained 4 Grammys on Sunday, giving her 32 over the course of her profession, breaking the doc beforehand held by classical conductor Georg Solti. but inside the evening time’s prime three classes — tune, doc and album of the yr — Beyoncé was shut out, shedding these awards to veteran singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, pop-R&B powerhouse Lizzo and British singer Harry types.

In a large open evening time that marked the Grammys’ return to Crypto.com area after two years of COVID-associated displacement, jazz singer Samara pleasure took residence the award for most interesting new artist.

regardless of her losses inside the most interesting classes, Beyoncé’s 4 Grammy wins — for dance/digital recording, dance/digital album, R&B efficiency and R&B tune — led the opponents. Kendrick Lamar, Brandi Carlile and Raitt every obtained three Grammys.

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Harry types performs on the sixty fifth Grammy Awards.

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Lamar, nominated for eight awards, obtained for rap album, rap efficiency and rap tune; Carlile took residence rock tune, rock efficiency and Americana album awards; and Raitt obtained tune of the yr, Americana efficiency and American roots tune.

UK rock duo moist Leg obtained two awards, various music album and various music efficiency, as did types, for album of the yr and pop vocal album.

Adele, who earned seven nominations, obtained for pop music efficiency. Taylor Swift, nominated for 4 awards, obtained for music video. Compton’s Steve Lacy obtained for progressive R&B album, following 4 noms, collectively with doc and tune of the yr.

R&B stalwart Mary J. Blige, nominated for six Grammys, went residence empty-handed.

From the day the nominations had been introduced, followers puzzled if Grammy voters would correctly acknowledge Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed “Renaissance” album, which plumbed the historic previous of queer Black membership music.

Early inside the night, host Trevor Noah acknowledged that Beyoncé, nowhere to be seen early inside the current, was gridlocked on a freeway someplace. It was illustrative of her difficult historic previous with the Grammys: lavishly rewarded but always dealing with some impediment.

“Beyoncé means lots of, she’s been such an essential subject particularly for the academy,” Recording Academy Chief govt Harvey Mason Jr. advised The occasions in an interview a quantity of days earlier than the ceremony. He referenced a mannequin new class of voting members, shut to half of whom are from beneath-represented teams. ”I want to suppose that the work we’ve accomplished on variety over the previous three years might be felt and seen and heard on the outcomes, and hopefully on the stage. however I don’t suppose you may uncover a method to measure it by one class.”

The CBS broadcast was notably inclusive. The night’s performances kicked off with unhealthy Bunny, the Puerto Rican rapper-singer who’s most seemingly the most-streamed artist on the planet. rising in a carnival line with a swinging merengue band behind him, he performed the blistering “El Apagòn” into “Despues de la Playa” with nary a phrase of English or concession to Anglo audiences. He took residence the música urbana Grammy for his album “Un Verano Sin Ti.”

unhealthy Bunny was adopted by Americana singer Carlile, whose rowdy efficiency of rock tune and rock efficiency winner “damaged Horses” was launched by her spouse and two youngsters.

In an embattled time for trans people and gender minorities the world over, a pop duo/group efficiency win for Sam Smith (the nonbinary UK singer) and Kim Petras (the German trans pop star) for his or her giddy “Unholy” made historic previous, as did their potent efficiency. Petras thanked the late avant-garde trans producer Sophie in her acceptance speech: “i am eager on you and your inspiration will always be in my music.”

a quantity of of the evening time’s most affecting moments bought here from the nods to historic previous, particularly in the direction of soul music and hip-hop. Stevie marvel, whose three-album run inside the ’70s stays the Grammys’ final worthwhile streak, joined MusiCares co-particular person of the yr Smokey Robinson, nation singer Chris Stapleton and Boyz II males’s Wanya Morris’ youngsters on backing vocals for a Motown medley that showcased the musical DNA of almost every artist inside the room.

Grammy medleys can famously be extra stultifying than entertaining, however the current’s full and ecstatic ode to 5 a long time of hip-hop, celebrating the style’s fiftieth anniversary, was an emphatic endorsement of America’s most important properly-preferred artwork form. simply take a look on the roster sharing one stage tonight: Rakim, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Jazzy Jeff, Geto Boys, Ice-T, De La Soul, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, method Man and a environment-stealing Busta Rhymes, to name simply a quantity of of the performers.

The In Memoriam part provided stirring performances by Migos’ rapper Quavo, in dedication to his late bandmate Takeoff (his empty stool and necklace onstage had been profoundly shifting), Kacey Musgraves taking half in Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in a mattress of flowers, and Sheryl Crow, Raitt and Mick Fleetwood paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie with a mannequin of “Songbird.”

by the afternoon’s Premiere Ceremony, Tobias Jesso Jr. obtained the inaugural songwriter of the yr award, and Jack Antonoff earned his second consecutive award for producer of the yr, non-classical.

inside the night ceremony, lastly extricated from her visitors tie-up, Beyoncé confirmed up simply in time to merely settle for the award for dance/digital music album, which marked her doc-breaking thirty second Grammy. Visibly moved, she thanked God, her Uncle Johnny (the backbone of “Renaissance’s” gay membership affect) and the “queer group for inventing the style.”

as a consequence of the attendees at Crypto.com area and viewers at residence anxiously appeared on to see if Beyoncé would win the night’s final award, album of the yr, and ascend her final remaining Grammy peak, the load of historic previous fell over the room. When types’ title was introduced, the Beyhive threw up their arms, Harry stans erupted with glee, and as quickly as as quickly as extra, the Grammys did what they’ve a bent to do — come so shut to getting it proper however go away music followers with one factor new to battle over.

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