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Beyonce makes history at Grammys ceremony honoring Harry Styles

By Guillermo Azabal

Los Angeles, United States, Feb 5 (EFE).- Beyonce became the artist with the most Grammys in history Sunday by winning four and totalling 34, in an edition that consecrated Britain’s Harry Styles, winner of the album of the year award for “Harry’s House.”

Styles won the most important award of the night with other surprises such as blues and rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, 73, who won the song of the year and young jazz performer Samara Joy chosen for best new artist by the United States Recording Academy.

Urban music singer Lizzo emerged victorious in the record of the year category for “About Damn Time,” after which she sent a loving message to Beyonce herself.

“You changed my life, I love you and God bless you,” she said.

“Queen B” broke the record held by the Hungarian director Georg Solti, with 31 Grammy Awards, after adding four awards to the 28 he already had.

The artist was nominated in nine sections, but her triumphs came in the categories of best RnB song; best traditional interpretation of this same genre; best dance or electronic album for “Renaissance,” and also best dance or electronic recording by the hand of “Breaky My Soul.”

“I’m trying not to get emotional. Thanks to God for taking care of me, to my aunt who is no longer with me, to my parents for loving and encouraging me, to my beautiful husband and my three children. Of course, also to the queer community for being so supportive of me,” she said in tears after making history.

Beyonce’s night was partially marred by the triumph of “Harry’s House” with which Styles managed to win one of the most played albums of 2022 on all platforms at the most reputable awards in the music industry internationally.

Raitt – daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt and pianist Marge Gooddard – was the surprise winner of the song of the year for “Just Like That.”

“I am totally surprised, it is a song about healing and how the pandemic affected many people psychologically,” Raitt said in the press room minutes later.

The biggest disappointment of this edition was for Adele, who had seven nominations and only won the gramophone for best pop solo performance for “Easy On Me.”

For the first time, an album entirely in Spanish, Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti”, slipped into the album of the year category, although the Puerto Rican failed to win the award, instead taking the Grammy for best urban music album.

Bad Bunny also got the Arena audience on its feet with his performance to kick off the gala, showing the power and influence of Latinos in the current music scene.

The ceremony had another of its high points when five decades of rap history were commemorated with an honorary award to the icon Dr. Dre, and with highly applauded performances by exponents such as Lil Wayne, Future or Lil Baby.

A genre in which Kendrick Lamar swept three awards in the best album categories thanks to “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” best rap song with “The Heart Part 5” and Best Rap Melodic Performance for “Die Hard.”

Among the most recognized also stood out Brandi Carlile, who won the award for best American traditional music album; for best rock performance and for best rock song with “Broken Horses.”

This edition served for the US Recording Academy to reinforce its image of defense of human rights and women’s liberties with the recently inaugurated award for social change.

US First Lady Jill Biden announced this recognition, which went to the Iranian singer Shervin Hajipour, author of songs that served as a soundtrack for the protests in the Persian country after the controversial death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. EFE


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