When Did Beyoncé Win Her First Grammy Award?

Beyoncé has wowed the world yet again. Her visual accompaniment to The Lion King: The Gift has made an international splash. Black is King premiered on Disney+ less than a month ago, and almost everyone agrees it is nearly perfect.

That’s not surprising, considering Bey’s track record. She’s an award-winning artist, and this wasn’t her first visual album. She’s made movies and visual accompaniments to her music before, and they were all well-received. But Beyonce’s history of success actually goes much further back than that. 

Beyoncé won her first Grammy in 2000

Beyonce on the red carpet
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Beyoncé’s first trip to the Grammys happened while she was still part of Destiny’s Child. The girl group launched Bey into the spotlight in the early 2000s. Their R&B tracks were smash hits, and Destiny’s Child won two Grammys before they split. “Say My Name” took home best R&B song in 2000, as well as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.

The next year, at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, Destiny’s Child took home Best R&B song again, with “Survivor.” That was the last time she would be at the awards ceremony as part of Destiny’s Child, but not the last time she would attend. Two years later, in 2003, she took home five Grammys for songs on her album, Crazy in Love. 

Beyoncé has accumulated 24 Grammy wins thus far, including for two of her visual projects. Homecoming won Best Music FilmLemonade, an album with a film accompaniment similar to the format of Black is King, took home Best Urban Contemporary Album. 

Beyoncé has 70 career Grammy nominations 

Much like her first win, Beyoncé’s first nomination came from her Destiny’s Child era. “Bills, Bills, Bills” was nominated in 1999, but the girls did not take home the win. In fact, many of Beyoncé’s most popular projects have been nominated, but didn’t win Grammys. That includes the album that was the inspiration for Beyoncé’s latest success, Black is King

The movie Black is King follows a young prince who is kicked out of his kingdom, and his path to replace the throne. The story is similar to the plot of The Lion King. Beyoncé’s album The Lion King: The Gift was nominated for a Grammy in 2019 in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.

Her song, “Spirit,”  was also nominated, but didn’t take home any awards. Beyoncé didn’t leave empty-handed that night. Homecoming won a Grammy. Given the fan reception of Black is King, it’s likely it will be nominated again. Since the Grammys seem to love Bey’s visual work, it will probably win. 

‘Black is King’ has its critics 

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Despite the fact that almost everyone had high praise for Black is King, there were still some critics. It was filmed in Africa, but East Africa was largely absent from the film locations, as was Kenya.

Some fans were disappointed to see that the location of The Lion King story wasn’t represented in the visual accompaniment for the Lion King album. Other fans understand that it would be impossible to include something from all of Africa’s 54 countries in the movie.