With 16 wins and 44 nominations, Beyoncé is the third most honored woman in GRAMMYs history. After winning three with Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé tied the record for most wins (five) in a single night by a female artist in 2004. In 2010, she surpassed the record when she won six awards, including Song of the Year and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Halo.”
At just 30-years old, she ranks third for most honored female performers behind Alison Krauss (26) and Aretha Franklin (18), and ties second for most-nominated female artist in Grammy history with 44, behind Dolly Parton, with 45 nominations.
In addition to a trio of solo performances, Knowles has also graced the GRAMMYs stage with Prince and Tina Turner. In 2004, she performed a ‘Purple Rain‘ Medley with Prince, which incorporated her hit single “Crazy In Love.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMYs, she joined forces with the legendary Tina Turner, performing Turner’s classic “Proud Mary.”
Watch Beyoncé perform the “Purple Rain” Medley with Prince at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 below.
With a then-record ten nominations, Lauryn Hill went into the 41st Grammy Awards (1999) a favorite to win big. By the end of the night, Hill won five, and set a record for most wins by a female artist in a single night. In addition to scoring Best New Artist, she won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won Best R&B Album and Album of the Year, making it the first hip-hop album to win in the category.
The singer-rapper capped off a record-making night with a performance of “Zion,” an ode to her first-born son, accompanied by Carlos Santana on guitar. Over the years, her record five wins would be tied by the likes of Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Beyoncé (2004), Amy Winehouse (2008), and Alison Krauss in 2009. The record was broken in 2010 by Beyoncé, who won six.
Nearly two decades after its release, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill still stands as one of the greatest albums of all time. Unlike anything before or after it, the album’s lasting impact on music and pop culture is proof that music has no expiration date.
Watch Lauryn Hill perform “Zion” with Carlos Santana below.
GRAMMYs Rewind: Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West & Lil Wayne featuring M.I.A. – “Swagger Like Us” (Live at the 51st Grammy Awards)
For the first time on national television, four of the biggest names in hip-hop – Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne — took the stage to perform “Swagger Like Us,” the second single from T.I.’s sixth album, Paper Trail. With a 9-month pregnant M.I.A. in tow, the hip-hop titans rocked the stage at the 51st Grammy Awards, where they were nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by Duo/Group, winning the latter.
Alicia Keys wowed the crowd at the 47th Grammy Awards with a performance of “If I Ain’t Got You,” the second single from her sophomore album The Diary of Alicia Keys. Written and produced by Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You” became the second consecutive number one from the album, and earned a Grammy for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. The song also earned a nomination for Song of the Year, but lost to John Mayer’s “Daughters.”
“The song idea came together right after Aaliyah passed away. It was such a sad time and no one wanted to believe it. It just made everything crystal clear to me—what matters, and what doesn’t.” – Alicia Keys, Complex Magazine.
With fourteen GRAMMYs under her belt, Alicia Keys is one of the most decorated females in Grammy history.