Black Women Making History At The 2023 Grammys


It’s that time of the year again. Grammys season has just passed and we still can’t get over the hype over the winners of this year’s edition of the prestigious awards show. Commonly held in the first half of the year, The Grammy Awards is considered by many as the biggest awards show held in the music industry not only in the United States but in the entire world.

A night that gathers together the biggest names and personalities in the music industry, The Grammy Awards attracts millions of viewers from across the globe. For this year’s Grammys — which was held on February 5 at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles, California — a star-studded lineup of nominations for the different awards categories was announced, much to the excitement of fans.

The 2023 Grammys was an event filled with milestones. Besides being the 65th edition of the awards show, this year’s Grammys was also another victorious year for Black women. And quite literally, history was made this year as legacies were cemented and deserving superstars were given the due credit that was fitting of their contributions to the music industry.

In summary, most of the major awards categories during the night were handed over to deserving Black women superstars and talents. The hit rapper Lizzo won Record of the Year for her single “About Damn Time” — the win earned her the title of being the first Black woman to win the award since Whitney Houston in 1994.

Temilade Openiyi, popularly known by her star name Tems, became the first pure Nigerian woman to win a Grammy for her contributions to fellow artist Future’s hit song, “Wait For U”. Her win was classified under the Best Melodic Rap performance category.

One of the biggest highlights of the night was when the iconic megastar Beyoncé became the most-awarded artist in the Grammys' entire history. The victorious night for Queen Bey which saw her earn four more Grammys cemented her spot as the most successful Grammy contestant of all time — with a total of 32 awards earned in her entire successful career.

During the 65th Grammy Awards, Beyoncé was able to win four more awards, namely, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Dance/Electronic Recording, and Best Dance/Electronic Album award for her hit 2022 album “Renaissance” which officially crowned her as the winningest artist in Grammy history.

Indeed, this year’s edition of The Grammy Awards is a memorable occasion for Black women, and the music industry is definitely at the top of its game at the moment, and we can’t wait to find out what next year’s batch of artists have in store.

By Neil Gregorio

Neil Gregorio is a graduating university student who writes as a hobby; when he is away from the keyboard, he spends his time watching Japanese animated shows and jamming out to his favorite rock music.