Queen Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter ruled the 2023 Grammy’s Sunday night after making history by becoming the artist with the most Grammy wins ever.
The record-breaking moment occurred when late-night talk show host James Corden presented the nominees for the “Best Dance/Electronic Music Album” category. After opening the red envelope, Corden smiled and said it was an honor and that the world was witnessing history, which told everyone everything they needed to know.
Beyoncé stood up while Corden instructed the audience to get on their feet and show the queen their respect and love.
An emotional Beyoncé approached the mic to give her speech.
“Thank you so much,” the “Cuff It” singer said to the jovial crowd. “I’m trying not to be too emotional. 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 Johnny who’s not here, but he’s here in spirit.”
The history maker continued to thank her parents, Tina and Matthew Knowles; her husband, 21-time Grammy winner and rapper Jay Z; and her three children, Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir.
She concluded her speech by thanking the queer community for their “love and for inventing the genre. God bless you. Thank you so much to the Grammys. Thank you.”
When the Grammy night began, Beyoncé was second among the top Grammy Award winners—the first being Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti—with 30 Grammys.
About 30 minutes into the award show, actor and now-EGOT winner Viola Davis presented the “Best R&B Song” category nominees. Davis did a little hip dance while announcing Beyoncé’s “Cuff It” as the winner.
The “Church Girl” singer hadn’t arrived at the award show yet, which host and comedian Trevor Noah joked it was because of LA traffic and affirmed she would be there. Singer-songwriter The-Dream and producer Nile Rodgers accepted the word on Beyoncé’s behalf.
Noah informed the audience that Beyoncé winning “Best R&B Song” tied her with Solti.