Why the 65th GRAMMY Awards was a Historical Night for Black Women featuring Beyoncé, Tems, Viola Davis, Lizzo, Muni Long

Hosted yet again by South African comedian and former host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, Music’s biggest night, took place on Sunday, the 5th of January 2023 at the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles.

The night showed some groundbreaking performances, stand-out red-carpet fashion moments, and the most anticipated award show of the year.

The 2023 Grammy Awards featured some of our favorite women winning record-breaking awards and sharing heart-warming speeches that touched our hearts and the hearts of black women everywhere.

Tems— Temilade Openiyi— won her first Grammy and became the first Nigerian female singer to win the award with her feature song with Drake and Future, ‘Wait For U’.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter won in the ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category and has been praised on social media for ‘making Afro-beats even more mainstream’ with the win.

Beyoncé also achieved a groundbreaking status on Sunday night, when she won four awards and became the most-awarded Grammy artist of all time, overtaking conductor George Solti who had been the most awarded for 20 years with 31 awards.


“I’m trying not to be too emotional. I’m trying to just receive this night.” The musical icon said in her speech where she thanked her family, including her late uncle.

Viola Davis became the 18th person to achieve the coveted EGOT status; a recipient of the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys by winning the ‘Spoken Word Album’ award for the audiobook recording of her memoir, Finding Me.

“I wrote this book to honor the six-year-old Viola, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And, it has just been such a journey – I just Egot!”

After an electrifying performance of her pop hit, ‘About Damn Time’, Lizzo also joined the winners of the night when the song won the ‘Record of The Year’ award.

During her speech, after expressing appreciation for the award, she turned to Beyoncé and shared to her what we all were feeling.

“You changed my life, you sang that gospel medley and the way you made me feel, I was like, ‘I want to make people feel this way with my music.’ Thank you so much, you clearly are the artist of our lives.”

TikTok’s viral hit, “Hrs & Hrs,” a song by Best New Artist nominee Muni Long also won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.

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