At the Grammy Awards in 2023, singer Beyonce plans to surpass Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti‘s 31-win record to become the ceremony’s most decorated performer. The singer broke the stalemate with Quincy Jones, who was in second place with 28 Grammys, by winning her third Grammy thus far and her 31st overall in a career spanning more than 20 years.
The two musicians with the most Grammy nominations to date are Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, with 88 nominations each. U2 continues to hold the record for most prizes won by a group with a total of 22.
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However, Beyonce missed the record-tying moment of her career. She wasn’t at Crypto.com Arena when she won the award, to give her acceptance speech. Instead, Nile Rodgers and The-Dream came on the stage to receive the trophy on Beyonce’s behalf for Best R&B Song for her track, Cuff It. The singer herself arrived late for the ceremony on Sunday. She was reported to be stuck in the Los Angeles traffic.
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Meanwhile, the 41-year-old’s fans were looking for her.
“Why was Beyoncé late though,” a Twitter user wrote.
“Everyone is like why was Beyoncé late but forgetting she has kids. Kids are annoying and make you late,” another one added.
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After the award acceptance, Trevor Noah, the host, went on stage to explain Beyoncé’s delay. He joked, saying, “Beyoncé is on her way. The upside of hosting the Grammys in L.A. is that everyone can be here. The downside of hosting the Grammys in L.A. is the traffic.”
On Sunday, Beyoncé won three times at the award show. She received awards for both Best Traditional R&B Performance for Plastic Off the Sofa and Best Dance/Electronic Recording for Break My Soul. She is still in contention for the Album, Record, and Song of the Year honors on Sunday. Beyoncé would become the solo record holder if she wins in any of those categories.