Beyonce Ties Grammys Record, Misses Her Own Award, Shows Up In Time To Break The Record
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 05: Beyoncé accepts the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album award for “Renaissance” onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Beyoncè tied a Grammys record with her first win of the night at the Sunday evening awards show — and she wasn’t even there to see it happen.

According to Grammys host — and former host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” — Trevor Noah, the “Break My Soul” hitmaker was on her way to the venue still stuck in a Los Angeles traffic jam when she officially won the Grammy for Best R&B Song.

While celebrities and fans alike scanned the crowd for Beyoncè once her name had been announced, Terius Nash — a.k.a. The Dream — and Nile Rodgers came to the stage to accept the award on her behalf. After that, Noah stepped in with an explanation.


“So for real, Beyoncè is on her way. The upside of hosting the Grammys in LA is that everyone can be here, the downside of hosting the Grammys in LA is the traffic,” Noah explained. “Beyoncè is on her way, and just for reference … Just for reference, Beyoncè has now equalled the record for most Grammys of any individual of all time. This is it, this is it.”

Noah later interrupted the show once Beyoncè arrived, announcing to everyone else that “the queen is officially in the building” and delivering her award to her table. “I was shocked to find out that traffic could stop you,” Noah quipped, adding, “I thought you traveled through space and time, but I’m glad you could be with us.”


In addition to nabbing two awards in the pre-show ceremony — Best Dance/Electronic recording for “Break My Soul” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa” — Beyoncè took home her first award of the night for the song “Cuff It.” Her second, a win in the Best Dance Album category for “Renaissance,” made history in two ways: it marked her 32nd Grammy, breaking the tie and making her the most decorated artist in history; and she became the first black woman to win in the Best Dance Album category.

During her emotional acceptance speech, Beyoncè offered her thanks “to the queer community,” for their support of her music and for “inventing this genre.”


“I would like to thank the queer community for your love, for inventing this genre,” she told the crowd. “God bless you. Thank you so much to the Grammys,” she said.

The previous record for most total Grammy wins was held by the late Hungarian conductor Georg Solti.

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