It was a great night for Black artists within the music industry as they swept up award after award.
Now of course, I have to start with the Queen herself; Queen Bey to be exact. Beyonce is now the most awarded female artist in Grammy history as she secured her 28th win. At the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Beyonce had nine nominations that surpassed the most of any other artist in 2021. But, you know this is Beyonce that we’re talking about. Honestly, I couldn’t think of another woman more deserving of making this impactful moment in history for our Black community and during Women’s History Month.
Given Beyonce breaking records in her own right, her daughter is already following in the footsteps of her iconic mother. Blue Ivy Carter made headlines when her name was announced for winning her first Grammy. The #BEYHIVE across social platforms went into a frenzy as they supported the dynamic mother and daughter duo and already projected the future success that Blue Ivy will continue to receive.
At only 9 years old, Blue Ivy Carter secured this major win for her role on Beyonce’s hit song “Brown Skin Girl.” For all the young African American girls watching the Grammy Awards last night and looking up to their idols, this was an incredible moment for Women’s History Month. Blue Ivy’s win solidified that age makes no difference and that anything is truly possible. Granted, she does have super star parents, but it’s a given that talent is part of her birthright.
Not only did Beyonce’s legacy sweep awards, but one of her beloved Houston artists joined her for a Grammy. According to CNN, Megan Thee Stallion and B made history as the first female artists to win in the Best Rap Performance category for the remix of the hit “Savage”. When watching Beyonce and Megan’s speech, you can see Megan’s excitement as she stood in shock next to one of her idols. Beyonce stood and supported Megan, who also won Best New Artist, as she got emotional and expressed her gratitude for everything that’s brought her to where she is within her career and the guidance from her mentor, Beyonce. These two women are the prime example of woman empowerment and that when Black women come together they can create magic.
Another special moment that happened on Grammy night is the interesting way that Tiffany Haddish found out about her first Grammy win. According to people.com, “On Monday morning, Haddish, 40, shared her candid reaction on the set of her CBS show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” as she made history in winning the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for Black Mitzvah.” The producers on the show told Haddish about her win through her ear piece and the reaction was priceless, but definitely deserving for how much she’s been through on her career journey.
Despite us entering the second half of March, I believe that Women’s History Month is off to an amazing start.
By Kori Banres, Junior, University of Nevada, Las Vegas