Drake just shouted out the iconic songwriter The-Dream for his multiple wins at the 65th Grammy Awards this Sunday (February 5), labeling him a “GOAT.” Moreover, the Atlanta artist won four Grammys through his work on Beyoncé’s smash album, RENAISSANCE. She won Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best R&B Song, and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Furthermore, the first three categories went to The-Dream as well, given his work as writer and producer for “BREAK MY SOUL” and “CUFF IT.” After the ceremony, Drake posted a picture of The-Dream to his Instagram story with a simple emoji of a goat.
However, the songwriter’s success also came parallel to Beyoncé’s record-breaking wins. After the Recording Academy handed out awards during their 2023 ceremony, she became the most awarded artist in Grammys history. During her acceptance speech, she graciously thanked her family, supporters, and God for her blessings. Also, she acknowledged the deep roots of RENAISSANCE‘s musical style, particularly its embrace of dance music, specifically house. “I’d like thank the queer community for your love, and for inventing the genre,” she said to loud cheers.
Still, the 6 God’s praise of The-Dream is unsurprising given their collaborations. Although it’s well-deserved, it’s also slightly ironic considering Drizzy’s relationship to the Grammys. Moreover, he won for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his contributions alongside Tems to Future’s “WAIT FOR U.” Ironically, he boycotted the ceremony and still ended up with a win. Regardless, he rose above his personal situation to acknowledge greatness, specifically The-Dream’s longstanding influence and talent.
While Beyoncé led the pack with four wins, the most out of any artist this year, many believe RENAISSANCE deserved better. In a surprising and controversial move, the Recording Academy picked Harry Styles’ Harry’s House for Album of the Year. Not only that, but RENAISSANCE’s big nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year also went unfulfilled. Still, awards mean nothing to either Harry or Beyoncé, who are two incredibly dominant artists regardless of a gramophone. It just stings when so much promotional material and buzz built around RENAISSANCE‘s massive success.