The BeyHive read the 2023 Grammys for shame after Beyoncé lost Album of the Year to Harry Styles. The awards ceremony concluded on Sunday night (February 5), with host Trevor Noah reading the 10-album nominations for Album of the Year, which included Beyoncé’s Renaissance, Mary J. Blige‘s Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers and Lizzo‘s Special.
While Bey fans were pulling for the singer to win her first AOY trophy, the most-awarded Grammy recipient lost to Styles’ third album, Harry’s House.
“This is really really kind… this doesn’t happen to people like me very often, and this is so nice, thank you very much,” Styles, 29, said in his speech.
While Bey applauded for the former One Direction member, the BeyHive blasted the Recording Academy for alleged racism, as the Renaissance singer has been nominated for AOTY four times in total. In 2010, her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce lost to Taylor Swift’s Fearless; in 2015, Bey’s eponymous album lost to Beck’s Morning Phase; in 2017, Bey’s Lemonade lost to Adele’s 25. In a tearful acceptance speech that year, Adele acknowledged that Lemonade should have taken home AOTY.
Following the snub, a report from Variety circulated, with anonymous Grammy voters explaining their intentional slight towards Bey.
“With Beyoncé, the fact that every time she does something new, it’s a big event and everyone’s supposed to quake in their shoes — it’s a little too portentous,” one voter stated.
Despite losing AOTY, Bey won four Grammys last night; Best R&B Song (“Cuff It”), Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Plastic Off the Sofa”), Best Dance/Electronic Recording (“Break My Soul”), and became the first Black woman to win Best Dance/Electronic Album (Renaissance).
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