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Beyoncé made history during the 2021 Grammy Awards by breaking the all-time record of most Grammy wins ever by a female artist.
By winning for best R&B performance for “Black Parade,” Beyoncé achieved her 28th Grammy Award, surpassing Alison Krauss who’d previously held the record with 27 Grammys.
The leading contender of the night with nine nominations, the superstar singer snagged two honors early during the pre-ceremony — best rap performance for “Savage” with Megan Thee Stallion and best music video for “Brown Skin Girl.” Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter made history as well with their “Brown Skin Girl” win by becoming the second youngest person to win a Grammy at 9 years old.
Later in the evening, Beyoncé won best R&B performance for “Black Parade” and best rap song for “Savage” along with Megan Thee Stallion.
When accepting her award for best R&B performance, Beyoncé said “As an artist, I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times. And it’s been such a difficult time. I wanted to uplift, encourage and celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that inspire me and the whole world.”
Last summer was major for the award-winning singer, with the Juneteenth release of “Black Parade,” her work with Megan Thee Stallion on the “Savage” remix and her Black Is King film
When Beyoncé landed nine nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards, she became the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with 79 nods over the course of her career. She is currently tied with Paul McCartney as the second-most-nominated artist of all time, behind Jay-Z, who received three nominations this year, and Quincy Jones, who each have been nominated 80 times.
Beyoncé released “Black Parade” on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. On the song, she sings about returning to the “motherland” and reminds herself that she can’t forget about her history. All proceeds from the song go to BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund, which benefits Black-owned businesses in need. Along with its release, Beyoncé unveiled a Black Parade digital platform, directing people to Black-owned businesses.
In addition to “Black Parade,” which has four nominations, Beyoncé is up for best music film for her Disney+ summer release Black Is King and best music video for “Brown Skin Girl.” She also has three nods for her work with Megan Thee Stallion for “Savage.” Both “Black Parade” and “Savage” are up for record of the year.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+.
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