Nile Rodgers steps in to just accept Beyoncé’s award after the ‘Cuff It’ diva misses first on-air Grammy class


Trevor Noah Speaks At The Microphone, With Nile Rodgers Holding Beyoncé'S Grammy, And The Dream Applauding.

From left: Trevor Noah, Nile Rodgers and The-Dream onstage on the 65th Grammy Awards at Arena on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo: JC Olivera/WireImage)

Beyoncé was nominated in 9 classes at Sunday’s 65th Annual Grammy Awards, and she or he gained two of these trophies — Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Break My Soul,” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa” — through the live-streamed, pre-show Premiere Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. When the primary ceremony started airing on CBS at 5 p.m. PT, host Trevor Noah identified that these two wins, Beyoncé’s 29th and 30th total, positioned her only one statuette away from tying with Sir Georg Solti, the late classical music conductor, for essentially the most wins by any artist in Grammy historical past.

But when that win expectedly occurred, about 40 minutes into Sunday’s dwell, primetime telecast, Beyoncé was not there to witness Grammy historical past within the making.

Instead, the diva’s longtime collaborator, The-Dream, leapt onstage to say her Best R&B Song award for “Cuff It.” And whereas his transient, impolite remarks had been hardly befitting to the Grammy queen, fortunately, Noah and a shock recipient swooped in to maintain issues elegant.

“Y’all know n****s be on CP time,” The-Dream, whose actual identify is Terius Youngdell Nash, stated with a shrug, earlier than he began to sprint away from the rostrum. (The-Dream’s remark was censored by CBS, though the non-bleeped model rapidly surfaced on-line.) That’s when Noah quipped to the confused crowd at Downtown L.A.’s Arena, “Beyoncé is on her way. You know, the upside of hosting the Grammys in L.A. is that everyone can be here, but the downside of hosting the Grammys in L.A. is the traffic. Beyoncé is on her way!”

Fortunately, the legendary Nile Rodgers — a joint winner for “Cuff It,” as a result of his further writing credit score on the tune — was available, and Noah virtually begged the famend musician and producer to emerge from the stage wings and provides a extra eloquent speech. “Nile, please say something before we go. Please say something. The legend, ladies and gentlemen!”

While Rodgers presumably didn’t have any speech ready, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner was as articulate as ever. And the anecdote he shared demonstrated that he’s at all times expert in the case of reacting within the second, on the spot.

“When I got called to play on this song, it was the most organic thing that ever happened to me. I heard the song, and I just said, ‘All right, I want to play on that right now.’ And it was one take,” Rodgers shared. “I promise, I played it, it was one take. … It was just what I felt in my heart, and I’m so happy to be working with y’all.”

Noah additionally identified, “Just for reference, Beyoncé has now equaled the record for most Grammys of any individual of all time.” And a couple of half-hour after the singer’s shocking no-show, the host proclaimed, “When you set a record, there’s no way you don’t get to hold your Grammy and celebrate that. The queen is in the building. Beyoncé Knowles, ladies and gentlemen!” The host then personally handed Beyoncé her Best R&B Song trophy and joked, “I was shocked to find out that traffic could stop you. I thought you traveled through space and time.”

Fortunately, Beyoncé had one other probability to make historical past — and ship no less than one acceptance speech of her personal — when Renaissance later gained for Best Dance/Electronic Album. This formally established her because the most-decorated Grammy recipient of all time and, as Noah worded it, “finally ended the G.O.A.T. debate.”

“I’m trying not to be too emotional,” Beyoncé stated by way of tears as she accepted her record-setting 31st Grammy, thanking God, her late uncle, her “beautiful husband” and their “beautiful three children” at home, her mother and father, and the queer group for “inventing the genre” of dance music. “I’m trying to just to receive this night.”

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