Beyoncé Just Missed Her Grammy Win Because She Was Stuck in Traffic

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 05: Beyoncé attends the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

If there's one thing Beyoncé is going to do, it's keep her fans on their toes. The "Cuff It" singer's attendance at the annual show is always up in the air — and she took the will she/won't she anticipation up another notch this year!

Despite the fact that Beyoncé's arrival at the star-packed Arena was teased during E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet" coverage, the singer never did show up, leaving fans wondering where the performer was.

Things then got extra confusing when the now-EGOT-status actor Viola Davis presented Beyoncé with the award for best R&B song for "Cuff It." The-Dream (one of the song's producers) and Nile Rodgers (one of the songwriters) accepted the award. To everyone's relief, host Trevor Noah clarified what was going on: Beyoncé was on her way to the show, but held up in traffic. Later, Noah announced Beyoncé's arrival to the show, and presented her with her golden gramophone in the audience where she sat next to husband JAY-Z.

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Beyoncé is nominated for a whopping nine Grammys at the 2023 ceremony: record of the year, song of the year, and best dance/electronic recording for "Break My Soul;" best dance/electronic music album and album of the year for "Renaissance;" best traditional R&B performance for "Plastic Off the Sofa;" best R&B performance for "Virgo's Groove;" best R&B song for "Cuff It;" and best song written for visual media for "Be Alive" from "King Richard." Beyoncé won best dance/electronic recording and best R&B performance during the preshow, and her win for best R&B performance brought her Grammy award wins to 31, tying the most-awarded artist, orchestral, and operatic conductor Georg Solti. By the end of the night, she won one more award for best dance/electronic album, making Queen Bey the most-awarded artist of all time at the Grammys.