Every Time Beyonce Has Literally Owned the GRAMMYs
By John Boone
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Extolling Beyoncé as Queen of the GRAMMYs isn't an opinion -- it's an objective fact. With 53 previous nominations, she is the most-nominated female artist in history. And considering the nine nominations she earned this year, including Lemonade for Album of the Year and "Formation" for Record and Song of the Year, and Yonce need not worry about anyone usurping that title anytime soon.
And that's just nominations! Ahead of Sunday's GRAMMY Awards, look back on Bey's reign over music's most prestigious awards show, including her 20 wins, her best performances and the history she's made along the way.
2001: Destiny's Child earned their first GRAMMY nomination the year prior, but Beyoncé's first ever win was the award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Say My Name." (Destiny's Child also won Best R&B Song that same year.) "It's amazing," Beyoncé told ET at the time. "I know last year we never would have thought we'd be GRAMMYs girls."
Destiny's Child went on to earned 15 total nominations with three wins, including Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "Survivor" in 2002. Look back on their red carpet interview, their acceptance speech and performance that very first year:
(Fun fact: Beyoncé actually wasn't the first member of Destiny's Child to earn a GRAMMY outside of the group. Kelly Rowland holds that honor, having won for her 2003 collaboration with Nelly, "Dilemma.")
2004: Beyoncé won her first solo GRAMMY -- and then four more, tying with Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Norah Jones for most GRAMMYs won in one night. Dangerously in Love was named Best Contemporary R&B Album, and she and Luther Vandross won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for their duet, "The Closer I Get to You." She also won Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay Z for "Crazy in Love." Beyoncé's reaction backstage? "I can't wait to take my shoes off," she said with a laugh.
If that weren't enough, she performed twice during the show, including "Dangerously in Love."
2006: Although Destiny's Child was once again nominated five times for Destiny's Fulfilled, Bey's win -- which she herself called "unexpected" -- was for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Stevie Wonder for their collaboration "So Amazing." (Destiny's Child, the group, went home empty-handed.)
2007: B added another GRAMMY to her collection when B'Day won Best Contemporary R&B Album. It was her sole win that year, though she had earned three additional nominations, with "Déjà Vu" being nominated for Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and "Ring the Alarm" vying for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance nod. (#Justice4RingTheAlarm)
2008: Though the track was never nominated -- and Dreamgirls lost Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media to the Beatles' Love album -- Beyoncé's live rendition of "Listen" for the GRAMMYs was, simply put, iconic and is worth revisiting:
Bey performed with Tina Turner that same year and told ET, "You know when you have the moments in your life that you always dreamed about but it seems like it's never going to happen? It's too wonderful for it to be real? That just happened to me. Literally the dream of my life just happened."
2010: After picking up a GRAMMY here and a few GRAMMYs there, Beyoncé had another massive year with I Am... Sasha Fierce, which earned Bey her first Album of the Year nomination. Ultimately, she won Best Contemporary R&B Album, while "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" won Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and "Halo" won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. (It was also nominated for Record of the Year.)
It wasn't just a good year to be Beyoncé but with six wins, she tied the record for second most awards won in a single night. (Michael Jackson and Santana are tied for the most with eight.) "This night? I'll never forget it. Ever, ever, ever," she said backstage. "It's very emotional, and I'm trying to hold it in."
All of which isn't to overshadow her performance of "If I Were a Boy," which could topline a similar post titled, "Every Time Beyoncé Literally Slayed the GRAMMYs."
2013: How 4, Beyoncé's most underrated album (again, NOT an opinion, it's FACT), didn't win more will forever be a blemish on the GRAMMYs' reputation. ("Run the World (Girls)"? "Countdown"?!) That said, B did collect another gold gramophone, when "Love on Top" came out on top for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
2015: We're really happy for you, Beck, and we're gonna let you finish, but Beyoncé was one of the best albums of all time!!!! The self-titled album head round the world was robbed for Album of the Year, but did win Best Surround Sound Album. Which is...a real award. "Drunk in Love" also won Bey and Jay Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.
2017: Tune in to find out. If Beyoncé won each of her categories, she would officially set a new record for most GRAMMYs won in one night. More likely, if Lemonade bests Adele's 25, Queen Bey could win her first ever -- and, quite frankly, long overdue -- Album of the Year. We're certain that Kanye agrees.