"Beyonce has done it, everybody!"
Beyoncé now holds the record for the most Grammy award wins at 32 after winning the prize for best dance/electronic music album for Renaissance. She gave a heartfelt shout-out to her family, her kids, and the queer community in particular throughout her address, per PEOPLE. "Thank you so much," she said in her acceptance speech, "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."
She added, with a shout-out to her uncle, who died after contracting HIV, per The Cut. "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, and my mother, for loving me and pushing me. I'd like to thank my beautiful husband, and my beautiful three children who are at home watching."
The Cuff It singer gave a special shout-out to the queer community. As she concluded her speech, credited the community with the creation of the house/dance/electronic music genre. "I'd like to thank the queer community for your love, and for inventing this genre," Beyoncé said, adding, "God bless you. Thank you so much to the Grammys. Thank you."
Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti, who had long held the record with 31 Grammy Award victories, was the previous record holder, whose record Beyoncé took over at the awards ceremony. Before serving as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director for 22 years, Solti was well renowned for conducting orchestras around Europe.
The record-breaker has many other reasons to celebrate. She received the most nominations of the evening, nine in total, including those for song of the year and record of the year for Break My Soul, as well as album of the year for Renaissance. Her first Grammy nomination came in 2000 for Destiny Child's Bills, Bills, Bills. Beyoncé won her first two Grammy Awards the following year for the group's smash hit Say My Name, which also included Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Since then, she has appeared eight times, both with Destiny's Child and on her own, and has received 88 nominations.
Beyoncé expressed her gratitude and excitement for the three Grammy Awards she had already received in an Instagram post she shared before attending the 65th Grammy Awards on Sunday night. "To my Hive, thank y'all so much for all of your love and loyalty! Big thank you for the BREAK MY SOUL and CUFF IT wins!!!"
Trevor Noah, the host, was quick to react to her record-breaking victory and declare her the undisputed GOAT (greatest of all time). "Beyonce has done it, everybody!" he said, following the singer's emotional acceptance speech. He added, "She now holds the all-time record for the most grammy wins, so we can finally end the GOAT debate. It's done now. Who's the GOAT? It's Beyoncé. It's done. It's not LeBron, it's not Jordan, it's not Tom Brady, it's not Messi. It's done. It's officially done."
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