Beyonce, the music royal whose art has shifted the culture time and again, long ago cemented herself as one of the world’s seminal stars.
On Sunday, she made history again, becoming the winningest artist in Grammys history, surpassing the late classical conductor Georg Solti’s long-standing record of 31 lifetime trophies.
Speaking through tears, the regal artist donning a metallic Gucci corset gown with elbow-length black leather gloves thanked her family, including her three children and husband Jay-Z, who looked on from the crowd.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional. And I’m trying to just receive this night,” she said.
She paid special tribute to the queer community, who she credited with inventing the genre she celebrated in her historically layered record that pays homage to pioneers of funk, soul, rap, house and disco.
But to the shock of everyone and the fury of fans on social media, Beyonce — whose tour announcement is virtually guaranteed to trigger a ticketing crash for the ages — missed out on the Album of the Year award.
This time, it went to British pop phenom Harry Styles, six years after she lost the award to Adele.
She has also never won Record of the Year, despite having the most nods ever for the category, with eight.
So the Beyonce paradox lives on: the same night she further burnished her GOAT — greatest of all time — status, the legendary artist also lengthened her streak as the Recording Academy’s most snubbed nominee.
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