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Despite oppression that dates back to the beginning of time, Black women have continued to effortlessly break the mold and demonstrate pure excellence. Whether in research, politics, entertainment- or well, anything, the list of accomplishments could fill every building that their ancestors constructed. Although the United States has allotted one month to celebrate these achievements, every day provides an opportunity to honor Black milestones and the 63rd Grammy Awards was a prime example.
On March 14th, Beyoncé gave us another reason to stan. With four total wins for the night (Best Music Video: Brown Skin Girl, Best Rap Performance: Savage (Remix), Best Rap Song: Savage (Remix) and Best R&B Performance: Black Parade), the singer broke several records with the her last two awards announced during the primetime telecast. Her 28 Grammys tied her with Quincy Jones who holds the no. 2 spot for most Grammy wins, following Sir George Solti’s 31 wins, and solidified her as the most decorated singer (male or female). Although she didn’t take home the win, Beyonce also became the first woman to receive two Record of the Year nominations in the same year (according to Billboard).
While accepting her final award for the night, Beyoncé took time to breathe love and light into the Black community and her children. “Thank you guys so much,” she said. “Oh my god. I am so honored. I am so excited. Thank you guys. As an artist, I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times. It has been such a difficult time so I wanted to uplift, encourage, and celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world. This is so overwhelming. I’ve been working for my whole life, since nine years old, and I can’t believe this happened. This is such a magical night. Thank you so much. I know my daughter is watching, two daughters and my son, y’all are all watching. Congratulations Blue. She won a Grammy tonight. I’m so proud of you, and I’m so honored to be your mommy, all of your mommys. Y’all are my babies. And I’m so proud of y’all. I love you so much, my rock. Enjoy your night. Thank you.”
Although it isn’t hard to see the impact Beyoncé has had on the music industry, her contributions were highlighted on the historical night. After popping in to congratulate and accept an award with Megan Thee Stallion, Megan didn’t hesitate to express how much of an inspiration Beyoncé has been for her. During her acceptance speech- that was less about her and more about her fangirling- the rapper recalled seeing Beyoncé perform at a rodeo in their hometown of Houst on, Texas. We’ve seen the singer perform in front of numerous crowds but it was a magical moment to watch her share a Grammy with one of those people. While it wasn’t televised, Beyoncé’s oldest child, Blue Ivy Carter, also made history with her Grammy win. At just nine years old , Blue Ivy became the second youngest person to win an award from the Recording Academy with her music video for Brown Skin Girl (an award shared with her mom). It may be a mere coincidence that Beyoncé started her career at the same age her daughter is being recognized by the Recording Academy, but divine timing sounds like a better reason.
Just 20 years after her first Grammy win, Beyoncé has given us more than what’s expected and has shown no signs of slowing down. It’s no secret that fans and music lovers are rallying for her to snag that overall Grammy winner spot but what she has accomplished is enough to seal her name amongst legends.
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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.
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