The first week of February 2023 saw Beyoncé become the highest winner in the history of the Grammy Awards after winning four plaques to bring her Grammy tally to 32 at the 65th edition of the global award ceremony held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
In her acceptance speech, an emotional Beyoncé said:
“Thank you so much. I’m trying not to be too emotional. I’m trying to just receive this night. I want to thank God for protecting me. Thank you, God. I’d like to thank my Uncle Johnny, who’s not here. But he’s here in spirit. I’d like to thank my parents — my father, my mother, for loving me, and pushing me. I’d like to thank my beautiful husband, my beautiful three children who are at home watching. I’d like to thank the queer community for your love, and for inventing this genre. God bless you. Thank you so much to the Grammys. Thank you.’’
Watch Beyoncé’s acceptance speech here:
While the world celebrated Beyoncé’s feat, it would only take Jay Z three days to be named the greatest rapper of all time by Billboard and Vibe on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.
These achievements are the result of years of hard work put in by the Carter family to attain the highest level of their respective careers. Jay Z and Beyoncé have had enormous influence on this generation.
Former American President Barack Obama hailed the impact of Jay Z on his life.
“I’ve turned to Jay-Z’s words at different points in my life, whether I was brushing dirt off my shoulder on the campaign trail, or sampling his lyrics on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to Montgomery…Today, Jay-Z is one of the most renowned artists in history and an embodiment of the American dream, a dream he has helped make real for other young people like him.”
Jay Z and Beyoncé jointly hold the record for most nominations in the history of the Grammys (88 nominations each) and have continued to lead the pace in the global entertainment industry.