It was the biggest night in music at the 2023 Grammy Awards Sunday night, hosted by Trevor Noah live from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena.
After winning Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for RENAISSANCE, Beyoncé broke the record for most Grammy wins of all time with 32, a record previously held by classical conductor Georg Solti. Earlier in the night, Beyoncé tied the record after her song “Cuff It” won Best R&B Song.
Best Rap Album went to Kendrick Lamar for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, breaking his tie with Tyler, the Creator and Outkast for the third-most wins in the category. This year’s ceremony also introduced the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, with its first recipient being Dr Dre himself. Also notable: Viola Davis became an EGOT winner when she earned the award for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for her performance of her memoir, Finding Me.
In addition to celebrating the best in music, the Grammys celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a historic, star-studded performance involving big names like Busta Rhymes, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, GloRilla, Lil Baby, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and more.
Stevie Wonder hit the stage for a special performance of three classic tunes, starting off with The Temptations‘ “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” before Motown legend Smokey Robinson joined him on stage for “Tears of a Clown.” The performance wrapped with Wonder’s hit “Higher Ground,” on which he was joined by country star Chris Stapleton.
Lizzo, who snagged Record of the Year for “About Damn Time,” also took the stage with a powerhouse choir to sing the award-winning track along with her song “Special.” As part of tribute to legends lost, Quavo teamed up with Maverick City Music and performed a mashup of his track “Without You” — a tribute to his late nephew and fellow Migos member Takeoff — and Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again.” Mary J. Blige and newcomer Steve Lacy also performed.
DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend, Fridayy and Jay-Z closed out the show with their collaboration “God Did.”
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