Beyoncé may have declined her invitation to perform at this year’s Grammys, but the singer still made an in-person appearance. Footage of her and Jay-Z sitting at a table, dressed all in black, was shown during the broadcast. It appears the couple opted not to pose on the red carpet at the event. Beyoncé, famous for sharing her own red carpet photos, will likely share her images of her full-length look later.
This is a big night for Beyoncé: Her daughter Blue, 9, won her first Grammy. And Beyoncé is the most nominated artist generally at this year’s ceremony, with nine nods. If she was to win eight out of the nine, she would make history as the most winningest artist in Grammys history.
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What is Bey up for? Her “Black Parade” is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song. Her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on “Savage” is also nominated for Record of the Year along with Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Bey’s Black Is King is up for Best Music Film. And of course, Blue Ivy and Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” won for Best Music Video ahead of the ceremony.
Beyoncé’s decision not to perform at the show was revealed before the ceremony by show producers. Interim Recording Academy CEO and president Harvey Mason Jr. told the Los Angeles Times that Beyoncé turned down their invitation to sing. “It’s unfortunate, because she’s such a big part of the Recording Academy,” he said. “We absolutely wish we had her onstage.”
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