Beyoncé has become the most awarded artist in Grammys history during a historic evening in Los Angeles.
The singer, who was a late arrival at the ceremony after being stuck in traffic, won for best R&B song, best dance/electronic recording, best dance/electronic album and best traditional R&B performance. She has now won 32 Grammy awards.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional,” the 41-year-old said on stage after winning the record-breaking prize for dance/electronic album. “I’m trying to just receive this night.”
She also paid tribute to both her “beautiful husband” and the “queer community for their love and for inventing the genre”.
Harry Styles picked up the biggest Grammy of the night, album of the year, for Harry’s House.
“I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me,” he said winning out over Beyoncé and Adele. “I think on nights like tonight it’s so important to remember there is no such thing as best in music … this doesn’t happen to people like me very often.” He also won the award for best pop vocal album.
Adele wins 16th Grammy
Adele won best pop solo performance for Easy on Me, her sixteenth Grammy to date. “I really was just looking forward to coming tonight,” she said at the start of a brief but emotional acceptance speech that saw her choke up when talking about her son.
Kendrick Lamar brought home best rap performance, best rap song and best rap album. “I would like to thank the culture for allowing me to evolve,” he said in an acceptance speech, referring to the album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers as one of his “toughest” projects.
Lizzo won record of the year for About Damn Time. “This is so unexpected,” she said. “I want to dedicate this award to Prince. When we lost Prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music.” She also paid tribute to Beyoncé for changing her life, calling her “the artist of our lives”.
Bonnie Raitt beat out Adele, Styles, Lamar, Lizzo and Beyoncé to win song of the year for Just Like That. “I’m so surprised, I don’t know what to say,” she said before paying tribute to her friend and inspiration John Prine. “Thank you so much, I’m just totally humbled,” she added.
Kim Petras also became the second transgender woman to win a Grammy, bringing home the award for best pop duo/group performance with Sam Smith for their song Unholy.
First lady Jill Biden was a surprise presenter, announcing the first winner of the best song for social change, awarded to Iranian singer Shervin Hajipour for Baraye, “a powerful and poetic call for freedom and women’s rights”. Hajipour was arrested two days after the song was published, but was later released on bail.
The best new artist of the year award, which has previously gone to acts such as Billie Eilish, Lauryn Hill, Adele and Chance the Rapper, went to New York-born jazz singer Samara Joy.