Only two months in, and 2023 is already full of surprises. As many know, the 2023 Grammy Awards took place Sunday night (February 5th), and the winner for Best Dance/Electronic Album AND best Dance/Electronic Recording was… Beyoncé?
That’s right, Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul‘ as well as her entire Renaissance album beat out Diplo, David Guetta, Bonobo, KAYTRANADA, RUFUS DU SOL, and ODESZA for the win, much to the disappointment of EDM producers everywhere.
But she didn’t stop at EDM, the crossover artist also won Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘Plastic Off The Sofa’ and Best R&B Song for ‘Cuff It’. This puts her at a lifetime total of 32 Grammy Awards, breaking the record for most Grammy Award wins in history, previously held by classical musician Georg Solti with 31 Grammy Awards.
While Beyoncé’s win is controversial, the artist did try to pay homage in her speech to the “the queer community” for their “love and inventing the genre.” And last August, she released a remix package for ‘Break My Soul,’ including cuts from will.I.am, Honey Dijon, Nita Aviance, and Terry Hunter, a nod to pioneers of the house music genre.
Beyoncé gives acceptance speech at the #Grammys for Renaissance: “I’d like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing the genre.” pic.twitter.com/t6t4Jk5r7x— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 6, 2023
Although it was a sad day for EDM producers, house producer Purple Disco Machine did represent, as he won Best Remixed Recording for his remix of Lizzo’s ‘About Damn Time.‘ You can see the full list of this year’s Grammy Award nominees and winners here.