Will Beyonce join the list of the top 10 biggest Grammy winners of all time? She’s on the cusp of making history with the recording academy. Over the course of her career she has already accumulated 20 trophies — and she’s only 35 years old. She only needs one more to join the cream of the crop (scroll through the above gallery to see the top 10).
There’s a tie for 10th place on the all-time Grammy winners list, and they’re both closely associated with Beyonce: Kanye West, who is prone to crashing acceptance speeches when she loses, and Jay-Z, whom she’s married to. Winning one award should be child’s play for Beyonce, whose album “Lemonade” was a critical and cultural sensation in 2016. She has only ever won once in the general field — Song of the Year for “Single Ladies” in 2009 — but even if she’s shut out of Song, Record and Album of the Year this year, she’s still a strong contender to win in R&B and urban categories.
So how many could she win? For her self-titled album in 2014 she won three times: Best R&B Performance and Song for “Drunk in Love” and Best Surround Sound Album. And she had been forecast to win even more than that: she was upset for Album of the Year (Beck‘s “Morning Phase” won instead) and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Pharrell Williams‘s “GIRL” prevailed). If she does win three again she’ll have a total of 23, which would move her into sixth place among all-time winners.
But Beyonce has proven she can win even more than that. She holds the record for the most awards won by a female artist in a single year: six in 2009 — she shares that record with Adele, who won six of her own in 2011. If she manages to win six awards again on Grammy night, that will tie her with French composer Pierre Boulez for fourth place with 26 victories.
But why not set her sights to the very top? How many does she need to become the most awarded artist of all time? Well, that’s an accomplishment that even Beyonce might struggle to achieve — at least this year. The late classical conductor Georg Solti won a whopping 31 times before his death in 1997, and his record has held ever since. In fact, Beyonce didn’t win her first Grammy until three years after Solti’s death.
But Solti lived 84 years. So even if Beyonce can’t match him this year, she has five decades to win just 11 more Grammy trophies. Is it inevitable, or is she bound to fall short?
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