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How Many GRAMMYs Has Beyoncé Won? 10 Questions About The 'Renaissance' Singer Answered
As the release of Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' approaches, revisit the songs, collaborators and accolades that have made her a beloved global superstar.
Since releasing her debut album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has built a record-setting solo career for nearly two decades. Her seventh solo LP, the highly anticipated Renaissance, will add to her illustrious legacy when it arrives July 29.
As she noted upon winning her 28th GRAMMY in 2021, Beyoncé has been in the business since she was 9 years old. She's worn many hats, including singer, producer, visual artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Each role has played a part in her becoming one of music's biggest superstars.
Naturally, there's a lot to know about Beyoncé. Ahead of Renaissance's release, GRAMMY.com breaks down some of the most-asked questions from the Beyhive and beyond.
How Many No. 1 Songs Does Beyoncé Have?
Beyoncé has had seven No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Crazy in Love" with JAY-Z (2003), "Baby Boy" with Sean Paul (2003), "Check on It" with Slim Thug (2005), "Irreplaceable" (2006), "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" (2008), "Perfect" with Ed Sheeran (2017), and "Savage" with Megan Thee Stallion (2020). She has also had No. 1 hits on other Billboard charts; she most recently earned her first top entry on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in July for Renaissance's lead single, "Break My Soul."
How Many GRAMMYs Has Beyoncé Won?
To date, Beyoncé has won 28 GRAMMYs and has received 79 GRAMMY nominations overall. She has been nominated for more GRAMMYs than any other artist in history, and her four awards in 2021 helped her earn the most GRAMMY wins of all time for a female artist or any singer altogether. (She's only bested by the late conductor Georg Solti, who won 31 GRAMMYs, and her 28 wins tie with producer Quincy Jones.)
Why Is Beyoncé Called Queen Bey?
Not to be confused with rapper Lil' Kim, who first coined the nickname of Queen Bee in the '90s, Beyoncé is often referred to as Queen Bey. She first received the title in 2011, after she officially branded her fans as the Beyhive by adopting the term on her website — like the queen bee in a real beehive, Queen Bey is the leader of her hive.
How Did Beyoncé Get Discovered?
Beyoncé was first seen by American households when her childhood group, Girls Tyme, appeared on the televised talent show Star Search in 1993. Girls Tyme, which she joined at age 9, later became Destiny's Child with the lineup of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles, managed the group, and he made it his full-time pursuit to build their career — and, as he told Dazed in 2018, "prepare [Beyoncé] as an artist."
Destiny's Child signed to Columbia Records in 1997 and released their self-titled debut album in 1999. The group became a trio in 2000, when singer Michelle Williams replaced Luckett and Roberson, making her debut in the music video for "Say My Name."
Why Did Beyoncé Go Solo?
Beyoncé released her first solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, but also continued to be part of Destiny's Child until 2005. By then, it was apparent that the group had spawned a solo superstar, as Dangerously in Love debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart and earned two of Beyoncé's No. 1 Hot 100 hits, "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy."
"I've been in a group since I was 9 years old, and I love being around other strong, positive, talented women," she told Oprah Winfrey in a 2003 interview, "But I'm very blessed because my girls support me and I support them… I said no matter how many records I sell by myself or don't, all of us made the promise that we're doing another record because we love singing together."
The trio released their fifth and final album, Destiny Fulfilled, in 2004. They commemorated their career with a greatest hits compilation, #1's, in 2005; the album acknowledged the star Beyoncé had become, as she's the only member who had a solo track on the project, "Check On It" — which also went to No. 1.
How Many Times Has Beyoncé Collaborated With JAY-Z?
Before Beyoncé recruited JAY-Z for her own hit as a solo artist, he tapped her for "'03 Bonnie and Clyde Theme" on his 2002 album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. Since then, the lovebirds — who married in 2008 but haven't publicly declared when they first became an item — have dueted on 13 more songs as well as a collaborative album, 2018's EVERYTHING IS LOVE.
JAY-Z raps on Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and "That's How You Like It" on her 2003 album Dangerously in Love, "Déjà Vu" and "Upgrade U" from 2006's B'Day (and "Welcome To Hollywood" on the deluxe edition), and "Drunk in Love" on her 2013 self-titled album. Beyoncé appears on three other JAY-Z albums, 2006's Kingdom Come ("Hollywood"), 2013's Magna Carta… Holy Grail ("Part II (On The Run)") and 2017's 4:44 ("Family Feud").
You'll also find them together with Kanye West on "Lift Off" on his 2011 collaborative album with JAY-Z, Watch the Throne, and on two songs by DJ Khaled: 2017's "Shining" and 2019's "Top Off" (with Future). Beyoncé and JAY-Z's latest collab came in 2019 with The Lion King: The Gift, on which the duo teamed up with Childish Gambino for "MOOD 4 EVA."
Who Has Beyoncé Collaborated With?
Aside from JAY-Z, Beyoncé has collaborated with popular artists from several genres — and continents — including Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Shakira, Wizkid, Justin Timberlake, Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, the Chicks, J Balvin and Willy William, the late Luther Vandross, and even Nigerian poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Beyoncé has remained true to what she told Winfrey back in 2003 — she enjoys collaborating with her Destiny's Child cohorts, and has continued to include them in her professional life over the years as Rowland and Williams pursued their own solo careers. She reunited with Rowland and Williams for several notable live performances, including the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, the Super Bowl in 2013 and Coachella in 2018.
Love Songs, a Destiny's Child compilation released in 2013, includes the Pharrell Williams-produced "Nuclear," which was their first work together since "Cater 2 U," "Girl" and "Stand Up for Your Love" appeared on the #1s collection in 2005.
How Many Kids Does Beyoncé Have?
Beyoncé has three children — two daughters and one son — with her husband, JAY-Z: Blue Ivy Carter (born in 2012) and twins Rumi and Sir Carter (born in 2017). Blue Ivy also has the distinction of being the second-youngest GRAMMY winner ever thanks to her appearance in her mother's video for 2019's "BROWN SKIN GIRL" (from the soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift), which won Best Music Video in 2021 when Blue Ivy was 9 years old.
What Is Beyoncé's Most Popular Song?
Based on streams and views, Beyoncé's most popular song is "Halo" from her 2008 album, I Am… Sasha Fierce. It has notched more than more than 1 billion streams on Spotify and more than 1 billion views on YouTube. Surprisingly, "Halo" is not one of Beyoncé's No. 1 singles; the song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
How Many Albums Does Beyoncé Have?
Once Renaissance arrives on July 29, Beyoncé will have seven solo albums to her name: Dangerously in Love (2003), B'Day (2006), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), 4, (2011), Lemonade (2016) and Renaissance (2022). Her post-Destiny's Child discography also includes the soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift (2019) and five live albums: Live At Wembley (2004), The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007), I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (2009), I Am… World Tour (2010) and Homecoming: The Live Album (2019).
Beyoncé rarely speaks about her albums before they're released into the wild, but something about recording Renaissance compelled her to offer some thoughts in advance.
"Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world," she wrote in an Instagram post on June 30. "It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration. I hope you find joy in this music."
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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Jay Z
More on the rapper's two wins at the 56th GRAMMY Awards
(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video, and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)
Song: "Holy Grail"
Artist: Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Won for: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Previous wins: Jay Z has 52 prior GRAMMY nominations and 17 prior GRAMMY wins. Timberlake has 28 prior nominations, including those with 'N Sync, and six prior wins.
Did you know?: Jay Z led 56th GRAMMY nominations with nine. In addition to Best Rap/Sung Collaboration honors for "Holy Grail," Jay Z and Justin Timberlake also took home Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie." Jay Z has now won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration seven times in his career. He has the most GRAMMY wins this decade, winning nine so far. With 19 awards to date, Jay Z trails only Kanye West (21) as the rapper with the most GRAMMY wins. Jay Z and wife Beyoncé kicked off the 56th GRAMMY telecast with a performance of "Drunk In Love," a follow-up collaboration to their 2003 GRAMMY-winning hit "Crazy In Love."
Ladies Antebellum And Gaga, Jeff Beck, David Frost, John Legend Win Three GRAMMYs Each
Arcade Fire wins Album Of The Year; Esperanza Spalding wins Best New Artist
(To view a list of 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards winners, click here.)
The evening began with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, but by the time the last of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards was handed out on Feb. 13, several other singers and bands looked something like royalty. Foremost among them was Lady Antebellum, who walked away with three trophies while the group members earned two more each for songwriting categories.
Lady Antebellum at the GRAMMYs
During a show memorable for its range of fully fueled performances, the country superstars sang a pitch-perfect medley of tunes that ended with a quiet rendition of the song that launched them, "Need You Now," and shortly afterward collected the Song Of The Year GRAMMY for it (along with co-writer Josh Kear, with whom they also took Best Country Song). But there was plenty more to come for the trio. They also took home the GRAMMY for Best Country Album for Need You Now. Accepting that award, lead singer Charles Kelley said, "This song has completely flipped our world upside down." By the time Lady Antebellum stood up to collect a trophy for Record Of The Year for "Need You Now," they were in disbelief, and possibly discombobulated: "Oh my gosh, we're so stunned we started walking the wrong direction," said singer Hillary Scott breathlessly.
Also racking up awards was Lady Gaga, who claimed three: Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for "Bad Romance." Never one to miss the chance to make an entrance, she hatched herself onstage from a giant opaque egg. That was a riff on her new single, "Born This Way," and perhaps her bared shoulders, which sprouted a pair of pointy elbows, were too. Her dancers and outfit gave off a Cleopatra vibe, but Gaga can't be stopped from seeming ultra-modern, and her performance of "Born This Way" reflected that; it was a warp-speed whirlwind.
Lady Gaga at the GRAMMYs
In keeping with that same modernist — or maybe futurist — spirit, she accepted her award for Best Pop Vocal Album in black body armor. But Gaga also proved she can be an old-fashioned girl with a soft side. In an emotional acceptance speech for that award, she surprised the audience by thanking Whitney Houston: "I imagined she was singing…because I wasn't secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar. Whitney, I imagined you."
Leading the nominees with 10 nods revolving around Recovery, an album that detailed his struggles with addiction but also reestablished him as a rap force to be reckoned with, Eminem took home trophies for Best Rap Album — a triumph over rivals including Jay-Z, Drake and B.o.B — and Best Rap Solo Performance for "Not Afraid." Onstage, his swagger proved undiminished.
A flame-haired Rihanna opened Eminem's performance with a searching rendition of their duet "Love The Way You Lie," but it was Slim Shady who came out blazing, spitting the lyrics to that song before raging into "I Need A Doctor" with Dr. Dre and singer Skylar Grey; Adam Levine from Maroon 5 handled piano duty.
Closing the show and likely lifting the Sunday-night spirits of indie kids everywhere was the Canadian collective Arcade Fire, who won the Album Of The Year GRAMMY for The Suburbs and, before the night's final performance, turned in a frothy and fierce rendition of the rocking "Month Of May."
Arcade Fire at the GRAMMYs
Other multiple winners for the evening included classical music producer David Frost, legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck and R&B artist John Legend, who each earned three awards. Among those who won two each were alternative rock band the Black Keys, jazz giant Herbie Hancock, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, urban/alternative group the Roots, Keith Urban, and gospel singer BeBe Winans.
And in a bit of surprise, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist over teen phenom Justin Bieber, as well Canadian rapper Drake, and adventurist rock outfits Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons.
Esperanza Spalding at the GRAMMYs
The show also featured a few firsts, including a first-time ever GRAMMY performance by Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger, who helped pay tribute to fallen R&B singer Solomon Burke.
But if there was also a constant, it was the annual, high-profile celebration of music that the GRAMMYs represent, and the 53rd GRAMMYs fit the bill once again, with performances, pairings and awards presentations that were full of pleasant musical surprises.
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Jay-Z And Meek Mill's REFORM Donates Surgical Masks To Vulnerable Prison Population
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says correctional facilities are particularly vulnerable places for COVID-19 to spread
The organization said it donated 50,000 masks to New York City's Rikers Island Correctional Facility, 40,000 masks to the Tennessee Department of Correction and 5,000 to Mississippi State Penitentiary. Spin reports that an additional 2,500 masks were sent to a Rikers medical facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says correctional facilities are particularly vulnerable places for COVID-19 to spread.
"Incarcerated/detained persons live, work, eat, study, and recreate within congregate environments, heightening the potential for COVID-19 to spread once introduced," according to the CDC. Other vulnerabilities include the fact that incarcerated people, for the most part, can't leave and, depending on the size of the facility, space for someone to medically isolate could be limited.
"We need to protect vulnerable people behind bars & GET THEM OUT!" REFORM said in a tweet. The organization sees this as a threat to public health and said on its website that it is working with experts and advocates "to develop a set of common-sense recommendations that would make us all SAFER."
They also announced on Twitter that they helped the South Carolina Department of Corrections locate 36,000 masks for their population.
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Songwriters Hall to honor Jay Z, Alan Menken, Max Martin
The Songwriters Hall of Fame will soon honor their latest slate of scribes whose songs stay with us
On June 15 the Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct new members and bestow special honors, including their highest honor — the Johnny Mercer Award — named after the writer who first taught America to "Accentuate the Positive" as well as a founding member of The Recording Academy.
With his induction, Jay Z earns the distinction of being the first rapper to enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 21-time GRAMMY winner has won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Song three times in his career, including the 2010 award for the modern classic "Empire State Of Mind" with Alicia Keys.
Fellow GRAMMY winner Alan Menken will receive this year's Johnny Mercer Award. Menken's name gives the words "Music by …" extra meaning, whether in the credits of Little Shop Of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Newsies, or more recently, Sausage Party.
The same can be said for the other songwriters who will be recognized at this year's ceremony. 2017 inductees include GRAMMY winners Jimmy Jam and Max Martin, who was awarded Best Song Written For Visual Media at the 59th GRAMMYs for co-authoring the Trolls tune "Can't Stop The Feeling!" Jam also appeared on the GRAMMY stage this February as a member of the Time for Bruno Mars' Prince tribute. Also fresh off the 59th GRAMMY stage, Ed Sheeran will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.