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Susan Knox

Who is Bonnie Raitt? Blues singer beats Taylor Swift and Beyonce to Grammys top prize

There's no denying that Bonnie Raitt was a surprise winner of the Song of the Year award at the Grammys on Sunday.

The 73-year-old Blues singer came out on top in a star-studded field of nominees which included Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Beyonce and Adele, beating them all to the top for one of the most prestigious awards of the night.

The music star's hit Just Like That, topped the poll ahead of Harry Styles' 2022 hit As It Was, as well as Taylor Swift's All Too Well, and Beyoncé's chart-topping Break My Soul.

Californian-born performer Bonnie looked completely stunned when she was named the winner ahead of the rest, as they cheered her on as she made her way to the stage before giving a heartwarming speech.

"I'm so surprised, I don't know what to say. I don't write a lot of songs but I'm so proud that you appreciate this one. I'm totally humbled," she said on stage.

Bonnie Raitt's hit Just Like That, topped the poll ahead of Harry Styles' 2022 hit As It Was (Jae C Hong/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

During the Grammy Premiere ceremony earlier in the evening, Bonnie was also awarded with the gong for Best Americana Performance for Made Up Mind and Best American Roots Song for Just Like That.

Following her big wins, Grammy viewers have been left wondering who exactly Bonnie is.

While some die-hard Harry Styles fans claimed he was 'robbed' of the award for Best Song Of The Year, others were more curious about Bonnie's background as younger Grammy viewers questioned what her music background was.

The singer was shocked to have won the coveted gong (CBS via Getty Images)

Bonnie - the daughter of Broadway performer John Raitt and pianist Marge Goddard - was 21 when she was signed by Warner Bros. Records, released her self-titled debut album way back in 1971.

With a total of 30 Grammy nominations, and 13 wins, her first one came at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards in 1979 for her Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her song You're Gonna Get What's Coming.

Following on from her very first Grammy nomination, Bonnie enjoyed immense success with her 1989 album Nick Of Time, which included singles like Thing Called Love and Have a Heart.

She won her first four Grammy Awards thanks to the success of the quintuple platinum album.

Bonnie has enjoyed an incredibly successful career (WireImage)
The singer released her first album in 1971 (FilmMagic)

Bonnie picked up four gongs for Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.

She gained further success with her follow-up album, Luck of the Draw, in 1991 which went seven-times platinum.

The album birthed her highest-charting singles, Something to Talk About and I Can’t Make You Love Me.

Bonnie won three more Grammys for the spectacular record, including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Something To Talk About; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo for Luck Of The Draw; and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Good Man, Good Woman.

Throughout her career, the music star has also collaborated with artists such as Prine, Jackson Browne, The Pointer Sisters and Little Feat, among many others.

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