Beyoncé fights tears as she becomes biggest Grammy winner in history

Beyoncé has become the most decorated Grammy artist of all time after making a head-turning late entrance to the awards ceremony.

The pop superstar, 41, who sent fans wild announcing a world tour, won the best dance/electronic music album award for her latest album Renaissance, taking her total to 32.

This is one more than the previous record, held by Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti, who died in 1997.

Taking to the stage, she said: “I’m trying not to be too emotional. I’m trying to just receive this night. I want to thank God for protecting me… I’d like to thank my uncle Johnny who is not here but he is here in spirit.

“I’d like to thank my parents, my father, my mother, for loving me, for pushing me. I’d like to thank my beautiful husband, my beautiful children who are watching at home.”

In reference to her album Renaissance, which drew on the history of LGBTQ dance music, she added: “I’d like to thank the queer community – you invented the genre.”

The historic award was presented by British TV host James Corden, who said it was an “honour” to be given the duty.

“We are witnessing history tonight,” he said, before announcing the result.

Beyonce arrived late at the Arena in Los Angeles and missed accepting one of her awards in person.

Host Trevor Noah jokingly assured the audience she was “on her way” before later handing the prize directly to her at her table, where she was sat with her husband Jay-Z.

Her wins on the night also included best R&B song, best dance/electronic recording and best traditional R&B performance.

The night also saw Harry Styles win best pop vocal album, which was presented by Jennifer Lopez.

“This album from start to finish has been the greatest experience of my life. Thank you so much,” the 29 year old said, accepting the award.

Sam Smith, 30, and Kim Petras, also 30, won the Grammy for best pop duo performance for their collaborative song Unholy, making Petras the first transgender woman to win the award.

“Sam, I love you so much and this song has been such an incredible journey for me,” she said.

Kendrick Lamar, 35, won the Grammy for best rap album, for Mr Morale & The Big Steppers.

Becoming emotional on stage, he said: “First and foremost I want to thank my family for giving me the courage and vulnerability to share my truth with this album. I want to thank my fans for trusting me with these stories.”


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