The 65th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles in February 2023, went down in history as usual, with many highs and lows for various entertainers. Beyoncé received four trophies to emerge the biggest Grammy winner of all time, with 32 awards in total, surpassing the late classical conductor Sir Georg Solti who won 31 Grammys between 1963 and 1998.
Several musicians achieved history that night, including Tems, who won her first Grammy Award, and Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny, who received his first-ever nomination for album of the year for a Spanish album.
Let’s take a look at the top Black performers with the most Grammy awards of all time, starting with:
Beyoncé (32 Grammys)
Beyoncé won her first two Grammys with Destiny’s Child for Say My Name in 2001. The all-female vocal quartet took up the awards for best R&B song and best R&B performance by a duet or group with vocals. She won four Grammys in 2023, raising her total number of accolades since 2001 to 32, making her the current top Grammy winner. The 41-year-old superstar has 88 Grammy nominations, tying her with her husband, Jay-Z, as the artist with the most nominations. Her highest honors in a single night was in 2010, when she won six.
Quincy Jones (28 Grammys)
Quincy Jones earned his first Grammy in 1964 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his work on Count Basie’s rendition of Ray Charles’ classic I Can’t Stop Loving You. In 1991, he received six prizes in one night, including album of the year for Back on the Block. Quincy has received a total of 80 Grammy nominations during his career.
Stevie Wonder (25 Grammys)
Stevie Wonder won his first Grammy in 1974, taking home five trophies, including album of the year for Innervisions. Stevie has 74 Grammy nominations and has won five trophies in 1974, 1975, and 1977.
Jay-Z (24 Grammys)
Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, won his first Grammy in 1999 for Best Rap Album for Vol.2: Hard Knock Life. His biggest wins in a single night occurred in 2010, 2011, and 2013, when he received three prizes. The 53-year-old rapper is tied with his wife Beyoncé for the most individual nominations in Grammy history with 88. Jay-Z and Kanye West are the rappers with the most Grammy nominations (24 each).
Kanye West (24 Grammys)
His first win came in 2005, when he received three nominations, including Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. His highest wins were in 2008 and 2012, when he won four Grammys for his albums Graduation and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, including Best Rap Album in both years. Kanye West has 75 Grammy nominations, tying him with Jay-Z for the most of any rapper.