‘About Damn Time’: Lizzo is the First Black Woman To Win Record of the Year GRAMMY Since Whitney Houston in 1994

Published: Tuesday 7th Feb 2023 by Rashad

It’s “about damn time” took on new meaning for Lizzo on Sunday (February 5) when she accepted the Record of the Year (ROTY) award at this year’s GRAMMYs.

The show may be long over, but we’re still celebrating the special successes of the night.

See how inside.

Having entered the night with 5 nominations for work found aboard her 2022 album ‘Special,’ the ROTY capture came as one of two triumphs for her Hot 100 #1 hit ‘About Damn Time’ (following success in the Best Remixed Recording category).

As the first Black woman to get the award this century, the ROTY win puts Liz in an exclusive class of Black female hitmakers who have collected the coveted gramophone since its inception in 1959.

Late Pop icon Whitney Houston – thanks to her blockbuster #1 hit ‘I Will Always Love You’ – was the last Black songstress to take the trophy home. Ahead of that 1994 win, Natalie Cole‘s ‘Unforgettable‘ was crowned the category’s victor in 1992 and Tina Turner‘s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ snagged it in 1985.

In 1973, Robert Flack made history for becoming the first African American female to bag the ROTY trophy. She made history the next year for becoming the first woman overall to win it twice.

At writing, Flack leads Adele, Billie Eilish, and Norah Jones as the only ladies to have won the award more than once.

Click here to see the full list of 2023 GRAMMY winners.

[Photo Credit: Recording Academy / Getty]

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  1. Gloria February 7, 2023

    Congrats to Lizzo. There’s a disconnect somewhere though. I feel like she doesn’t have a core fanbase. Her album came and went and kinda flopped. She failed to follow up with another successful single.

    • Holliewuudd February 7, 2023

      The delusion of this comment. She came, toured, conquered, and bagged 2 grammys. Bye, wig.

      • Gloria February 7, 2023

        What delusion? Did her album not flop… you don’t have to answer that because it in fact did.

    • Holliewuudd February 7, 2023

      Typical non-linear response from an underwhelming internet thug. If you call multiple award nominations (and wins), high grossing tour, etc. All in less than a year..a “flop”…then your understanding is too underdeveloped for me to continue to engage.

      • Gloria February 7, 2023

        Still tap dancing around the question at hand. Special FLOPPED. That’s it & that’s all.

      • LizzoHive February 7, 2023


  2. Lizzolover February 7, 2023

    Lizzo is QUEEN

  3. Lizzo stan February 7, 2023

    I just KNOW Beyoncé and the hive are PISSSSSSED

    • LizzoHive February 7, 2023

      They BIG MADDD😭😭😭😭😭

      • Gloria February 7, 2023

        Mad at what? Renaissance outsold Special 5x over. Rumors flopped and so did the singles following About Damn Time.

  4. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) February 7, 2023

    Diva’s prediction: This ashy fat mess is going drown in bathtub like Crackney hoeston💅🏾

    • Paulo February 7, 2023

      Her big fat ass can’t fit into a tub lmao

      • marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) February 7, 2023

        😂🤣😂💀Or take bath with mud like elephants 💅🏾

  5. pat February 7, 2023

    That one song literally supported her whole era and gave her a successful arena tour. It’s still doing radio and numbers almost a year later. It deserves this award for sure.

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  7. ADT February 7, 2023

    God for her! We should be celebrating this talented black women isntead of bringing her down. But I forgot you all are a bunch of anti black haters!!! Congrats Lizzo keep ‘em steam pressed😘

    • RBRT February 7, 2023

      👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Love Lizzo!

  8. Shayla Queen™ 👑 February 7, 2023

    I’ve still never once heard the song…

    • LizzoHive February 7, 2023

      LYING ASS B**** LMAO

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 February 7, 2023

        I haven’t.

    • Afrique February 7, 2023

      Really? I’m tired of hearing it lol

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 February 7, 2023

        I don’t listen to the radio lol. My music consists of Apple Music, and anything I like enough I then buy on vinyl.

  9. Steve February 7, 2023

    She looks like a whale wrapped in foil

    • Red Sonja February 8, 2023

      Shut it KKKoon.

  10. Catt Siena February 12, 2023

    Respectfully… the last Album of the Year win by a Black woman was Ms. Lauryn Hill, who took us to *friggin’ church* with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, in the year of our Lord 1999 👍👍

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