Pop queen Beyonce on Sunday reigned supreme at the Grammys, breaking the all-time record for wins with her 32nd prize and fourth of the night to resounding applause.
The 41-year-old entered the day with the most chances at Grammy gold with nine, following the release of “Renaissance,” her rich, layered ode to club music.
She clinched the title by winning the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for her smash “Renaissance,” thus surpassing the late classical conductor Georg Solti, who had 31 awards.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional. And I’m trying to just receive this night,” Queen Bey said, wearing a shimmering, curve-hugging gown, her hair in mermaid waves as her peers witnessed the history-making moment.
Beyonce thanked her family, and paid special tribute to the queer community, who she credited with inventing the genre she celebrated in her historically layered record that pays homage to pioneers of funk, soul, rap, house and disco.
Beyonce remains a powerhouse contender for the night’s major awards of album, record and song of the year — but the same goes for British balladeer Adele, whose introspective album “30” earned her seven nods.
The 2023 face-off has prompted obvious comparisons to 2017, when Adele swept the top prizes at the glitzy music biz gala, shutting out Queen Bey’s culture-shaking “Lemonade.
Despite breaking record after record, when it comes to the big three awards, Beyonce curiously remains something of an underdog in those categories.
She has never won Album of the Year honors and although she has the most Record of the Year nods with eight, she’s never won that prize either.
She only scored Song of the Year once, for 2008’s “Single Ladies.”
– Carlile, Lamar with three wins each –
Both folk rocker Brandi Carlile and rapper Kendrick Lamar had scored three awards by midway through the ceremony.
“This is one of my toughest records to make,” Lamar said of “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.”
“And it allowed me to do that and allowed me to share other people’s experiences. Going back and thinking back where I started with rapping, how far I came, I would like to thank the culture for allowing me to evolve in order to make a song.”
Actor Viola Davis became the latest showbiz heavyweight to earn a coveted EGOT — winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — by taking the Grammy for best audio book, narration and storytelling for her memoir “Finding Me.”
Bad Bunny kicked off the 65th annual Grammys gala by bringing the audience to its feet with the first performance, after which Harry Styles jumped out of the gate by winning the award for best pop vocal album for his record “Harry’s House.”
“Thank you so much. This album, from start to finish, has been the greatest experience of my life,” he said onstage.
The star-studded 65th annual gala, hosted once again by comedian Trevor Noah, also featured performances from Styles, Lizzo and Mary J. Blige, as well as an exuberant tribute to hip-hop music featuring a constellation of stars.
Bad Bunny, indisputably the world’s biggest commercial artist, nabbed the prize for Best Musica Urbana album for his major drop “Un Verano Sin Ti,” also an Album of the Year contender.
“Thank you to all the Latinos across the entire world,” he said in his native Spanish in accepting his award. “We will keep elevating this genre to the next level.”
Industry watchers were also waiting to see whether pop juggernaut Swift — who hit the red carpet in a sparkling, deep blue ensemble alluding to her most recent album “Midnights” — could win the Song of the Year prize that has evaded her for years.
The superstar — who has been making good on a vow to re-record her first six albums to gain control of her rights to them — has a chance at the award celebrating songwriters for her 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”
She had already won the Best Music Video prize for her short film based on the song.
– Best New Artist hopefuls strike gold –
After several Grammy years with clear Best New Artist favourites — Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish — Sunday’s race is wide open.
The category has grown increasingly eclectic and reflective of the internet age’s impact on popular music, and many of the nominees — including Brazil’s Anitta, Eurovision rockers Maneskin and rapper Latto — have all found viral fame on TikTok.
Wet Leg swept the alternative music categories, as several of the nominees jumped forward with early victories: Muni Long stole one of Beyonce’s nine opportunities in taking home the award for Best R&B Performance, while Molly Tuttle won for Best Bluegrass Album.
And jazz performer Samara Joy scooped the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
PINK Awards: Makinde bags ‘Governor of the Year’ award
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has been honoured with the Governor of the Year award at the PINK Awards held on Sunday in Lagos.
Also, Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, bagged a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Sen. Adenigba Fadahunsi, rerepresenting Osun East Constituency, was awarded philanthropist of the year 2023.
Dr Joe Odumakin, Promoter of the PINK Awards, during the fifth anniversary of the awards, explained that PINK is an acronym for Prestige, Integrity, Nobility and Knowledge.
According to Odumakin, the award is meant to celebrate people who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
She urged the youth to emulate the virtues that the awardees had exhibited over the years
“We are honouring people in their various fields of endeavour, great achievers and we are reminding them that we need more from them.
“I want the youth present here to learn the virtues of simplicity, humility, courage and resilience from our awardees. Know that suicide is not an option regardless of whatever situation you find yourselves,” she said.
Earlier, Sen. Fadahunsi, who was the keynote speaker, represented by Dr Bolaji Akinyemi, appreciated the organisers for the award conferred on him.
He said being a philantropist entailed adding value to people’s lives as he listed his constituency projects.
According to him, he has made significant impact in employment, empowerment, rural development, health and education.
He advised his colleagues in government to focus more on building the people rather than building the nation.
“The people we build for peace and prosperity will in turn build for us a nation of peace and prosperity for all.
“Since my election into the Nigerian Senate, over 10,000 constituents have benefited from our empowerment programmes like: training, start-up grants, loans with low interest rates, distribution of 500 bikes, 200 mini buses and agricultural implements.
“We have lightened up Ife-Ijesa senatorial district with solar powered street lights, provided 20 transformers, also assisted in construction of rural roads among many other projects we have successfully carried out,” he said.
Representing Gov. Makinde, his Chief of Staff, Mr Segun Ogunwuyi, said, This award means we have to double our efforts, the governor appreciates this and we promise not to rest on our oars, we will continue to move people from poverty to prosperity.”
Other recipients of the award are; Oba Sulaimon Raji, Oniba Ekun of Iba, who bagged the outstanding traditional Institution Humanitarian Icon Award for 2023.
Chidi Mokeme won the best actor of the year, while raggae musician, Righteousman Erhabor won the Gospel Icon of the year.
Alhaja Salawa Abeni got the legendary award while Prince Adebiyi Adesina won the Transformational Impact Award.
‘My collaboration with Burna Boy, most incredible experience – Busta Rhymes
Legendary American rapper, Busta Rhymes has relished his recent collaboration with Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Burna Boy.
Newsmen reports that Burna Boy features in a track entitled ‘Roboshotta’ off Busta Rhymes’s latest album, ‘Blockbusta.’
Speaking in a recent interview with BBC Radio Capital Xtra, the hip-hop legend said ”working with Burna Boy was one of the most incredible experiences I had in my life. Because he’s fast, efficient and very clear. When he knows what he’s gonna do, he ain’t wasting no time. And he’s super dangerously cold with it.”
On how the collaboration came to be, Busta Rhymes said he played about five songs for Burna Boy and he chose to jump on ‘Roboshotta’ which was produced by American legend, Pharell Williams.
‘I sold bedbug killer, doughnuts before stardom’ – Skit maker, Brain Jotter
Popular skit maker, Chukwuebuka Emmanuel Amuzie, better known as Brain Jotter, has recounted his days as a struggling undergraduate at the University of Lagos, before stardom.
He said he took several menial jobs including selling insecticides and doughnuts to cater for his tuition fees and other needs.
The comic actor said he was also working in a laundry where he was earning N15,000.
Speaking on Hip TV programme, Trending, hosted by reality star KimOprah, Brain Jotter said, “2020, my salary was N15,000. In 2021, my salary was N30,000. In 2020, I was working in a laundry. I had just gained admission into the University of Lagos.
“Apart from working in a laundry, I was also doing other stuff. In my school, I was selling bedbug killer. In my first year, I sold doughnuts in my class. In year two, I sold bedbug killer. And year three, I drove to school.
“Ever since my video went viral till now, I can’t just stay five days straight without working. I’ve been restless since hitting stardom, probably except I’m not in Lagos. But even if I’m not in Lagos, I’m still thinking of ideas for content.
”My dream then was to rent a one-room apartment and become a taxi driver’.
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