The 65th annual Grammy Awards made history with the most wins by any one person in its storied history. That person is none other than the incomparable Beyoncé, who took home four awards, bringing her career total to an impressive 32 wins. This impressive feat surpasses the late classical conductor Sir Georg Solti, who had held the record for the most wins by anyone in Grammy history.
Beyoncé’s four awards this year included Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Break My Soul,” Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa,” Best R&B Song for “Cuff It”, and Best Dance/Electronic Album for Renaissance. This is not the first time Beyoncé has made history at the Grammys. In 2010, she became the first female artist to win six Grammys in one night. In 2020, she became the woman with the most career Grammy wins (28), surpassing Alison Krauss.
Beyoncé won her first two Grammys with Destiny’s Child in 2001 for “Say My Name.” The classic took Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. However, only one of her 32 Grammys has come in a Big Four category — when she won Song of the Year for co-writing “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” 13 years ago.
Sir Georg Solti amassed his 31 Grammys between 1963 and 1998. The Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor won Best Opera Recording in 1963 for Verdi: Aida. His biggest night at the Grammys came in 1984, when he won four awards, including two for Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D, which was voted Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Recording.
Although Beyoncé has taken the overall title, Solti remains the person born outside the U.S. with the most Grammys. Solti received a Trustees Award in 1967 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He died in September 1997 at age 84.
The 65th annual Grammy Awards were certainly a night to remember, as Beyoncé made history with her four wins. Her 32 career awards have surpassed the record held by the late classical conductor Sir Georg Solti, and she is now the most awarded artist in Grammy history.