It’s official: Beyoncé has tied the all-time record for the most Grammy Award wins! With a total of 31 awards, Beyoncé has officially tied the record held by classical music figure Georg Solti, who won 31 awards in 1997.
During the 2023 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé was nominated for nine awards and won four of them, three of which were announced during the non-televised Premiere ceremony. Her fourth award was for “Cuff It” for best R&B song, which was announced during the prime-time telecast. If she wins just one more award during the broadcast, she will break the all-time record.
The three awards announced for Beyoncé in the pre-telecast proceedings were for best song written for visual media for “Be Alive” (from the 2021 movie “King Richard”), best dance/electronic recording for “Break My Soul” and best traditional R&B performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa” (the last two both tracks from her “Renaissance” album). She lost in two of the five categories she was up for during the Premiere ceremony.
Awards still to be decided that could push her over the top include record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best dance album. Before the 2023 Grammys, the record for most Grammy wins was held by the 31 claimed by classical music figure Georg Solti — a benchmark set all the way back in 1997 when he earned his final prize, for best opera recording.
On top of her own success, Beyoncé is also tied with her husband, Jay-Z, for the most Grammy nominations of all time with 88 each. This year marked Beyoncé’s first nominations in the dance/electronic categories, along with her R&B and general-field nods. Her “Renaissance” release was submitted in the best dance/electronic album rather than contending for best R&B album.
If Jay-Z wins even one Grammy during the nighttime telecast, he will break a record himself, for the most all-time wins for a rapper. He came into the 2023 ceremony tied for that record with Kanye West, with 24 wins prior to this year.
It’s an exciting time for Beyoncé and Jay-Z as they both have the potential to break records at the 2023 Grammy Awards. We’ll have to wait and see what happens during the broadcast and who will come out on top as the most awarded artist in the awards’ history.