Beyoncé was the big winner at the 2022 Soul Train Awards, which were televised on BET and BET Her on Saturday. She won album of the year with Renaissance for the fourth time, song of the year for the third time (for Break My Soul), and best collaboration for Make Me Say It Again, Girl (with Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers).

Beyoncé wasn’t present, though, when the event was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas earlier this month. Instead of being an awards show, the BET Awards are largely a performance and tribute event. Only two competitive categories were offered during the two hours of the performance.

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Who is Beyoncé?

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, an American singer, songwriter, and actor, was born on September 4, 1981. According to NPR, Beyoncé is the most significant female musician of the twenty-first century due to her innovative skills and vocals. She has acquired the moniker Queen Bey as a result of her success, which has made her a cultural icon.

As a young girl, Beyoncé participated in a number of singing and dancing competitions. As a member of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, one of the most successful girl groups of all time, she gained notoriety in the late 1990s. During their break, her debut album Dangerously in Love (2003) was released. It included the number-one US Billboard Hot 100 singles Crazy in Love and Baby Boy. After Destiny’s Child split up in 2006, Beyoncé released B’Day, her second solo album, which featured the hits Irreplaceable and Beautiful Liar.

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In addition, Beyoncé appeared in a number of movies, including The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), Obsessed (2009), and The Lion King (2019). Her third album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), which garnered a record-breaking six Grammy Awards in 2010, was influenced by her marriage to Jay-Z and her performance as Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008). The hit singles If I Were a Boy, Single Ladies, and Halo were all born from it. She formally parted from Mathew Knowles, her manager and father, in 2010, and in 2011 she released her musically varied fourth album, titled 4.

The artistically experimental visual albums Beyoncé (2013) and Lemonade (2016), the latter of which was the world’s best-selling album of 2016 and the most lauded record of her career, helped Beyoncé subsequently win international acclaim. These albums explored themes of adultery, feminism, and womanism. As the Carters, she and her husband Jay-Z released the album Everything Is Love in 2018. Beyoncé topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017 and 2020, respectively, as a featured artist with the remixes of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect and Megan Thee Stallion’s Savage. In the same year, she released the critically acclaimed musical film Black Is King and an accompanying visual album.

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Beyoncé’s seventh studio album Renaissance, which explored disco and dance music and paid respect to LGBTQ+ ball culture, garnered additional critical praise in 2022. Break My Soul, the album’s first track, became her first solo studio album since 2016 and her first solo number-one since 2008.

She is one of the best-selling recording artists in the world, with more than 200 million albums sold worldwide. She received awards for Top Certified Artist of the Decade from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Top Female Artist of the Decade from Billboard in recognition of her popularity during the 2000s. Her first seven studio albums debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making her the first solo artist to do so.

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Beyoncé has won more awards than any other performer, including 28 Grammys, 26 MTV Video Music Awards, 24 NAACP Image Awards, 31 BET Awards, and 17 Soul Train Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2014). She was named the highest-paid black musician of all time by Billboard in 2014, and she was included on Time’s list of the 100 women who shaped the 20th century in 2020.