It’s almost February which means that the 2023 Grammy Awards are just around the corner again and fans, musicians, and many others around the world are hoping to see their favourite artists receive one of the iconic gramophones on the stage. This year’s nominations were announced last November, so if you find yourself in need of a little recap of who is up for an award this year: we’ve got you covered with a quick 65th Grammys 101!
Here’s the basics: this year’s ceremony will take place on February 5, 2023 at 5pm PT in L.A. at the Crypto.com Arena. You will see Trevor Noah host the show live on CBS Television Network, or you can stream it on Paramount+ . If you want to celebrate the Grammy’s all day you can also stream the Premiere Ceremony here.
Performers for that event have yet to be announced, but here is who you can be excited for at the main ceremony: Triple nominee Bad Bunny will bring the espíritu latino, Mary J. Blige adds some R&B into the mix while Brandi Carlile brings her seven nominations and the rock sounds.
We will also get to see Luke Combs as the country boy, and Steve Lacy who’s nominated in four categories. Finally, five-time-nominee Lizzo is joining the lineup as well as Kim Petras & Sam Smith who are hoping for their song Unholy to receive an award. Stay tuned for more performance announcements!
Moving on to our top nominees! We’re starting off big with Beyoncé who is nominated for a total of 9 awards, with her album RENAISSANCE being up for both Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, and her song ‘BREAK MY SOUL’ is also in the running for three awards. This makes her and her husband Jay-Z, who is nominated in 5 categories this year, the most nominated artists in Grammy history with 88 nominations each, her having won 28 and him 24 so far. Talk about a power couple!
She’s followed by Kendrick Lamar whose record The Heart Part 5 is up for five awards – see how those numbers match? I personally love that. Additionally, his album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which already received an AMA and a BET Hip Hop Award, is in the race for Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year, and Die Hard’s Best Melodic Rap Performance nomination brings his count for this year to eight.
Next in line is Adele: a 15-time Grammy winner who is now nominated for seven more awards! Among those are Record, Album, and Song Of The Year. Her hit ‘Easy On Me’ that took over the charts in October 2021 (yes, it has been that long) brought her four of her nominations. It would be quite the finale for a song that already broke multiple streaming records on Spotify with 19.7 million streams on release day, on Amazon, and it went skyrocketing up the Billboard Charts.
Among those who are up for six awards are DJ Khaled and (of course) Harry Styles. DJ Khaled’s song ‘GOD DID’ is on the list for Best Rap, Performance, and Album as well as Song Of The Year from the General Field. For Harry, the first single ‘As It Was’ from his last album rallied four of his nominations: Record and Song Of The Year as well as Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video. With Harry’s House also being nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year, he’s involved in three out of the four General Field categories.
Don’t worry, this won’t be a list of all nominees in all 91 categories (you can find that here), but I of course couldn’t miss out on mentioning that ABBA is up for four Grammy Awards this year (who would’ve thought we’d be able to say that in 2023?!)! Voyage and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’ are nominated for two of those awards each, with Voyage competing against Harry’s and Adele’s records over Best Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year. Fun fact: even though they’re insanely popular – until today, they have never won a Grammy and only received one nomination before this year’s four!
Aside from the nominees, you should know that The Recording Academy has added five new categories for this year’s ceremony, bringing the total number to 91. This year they’ll be recognizing artists with the following prizes: Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.
In addition to that, they announced a Special Merit Award for the Best Song for Social Change, a song that addresses a social issue of our time and/or a subject that impacts people in need, promotes awareness, consciousness, and builds empathy. Unlike all other awards that are determined by the voting members of The Recording Academy, the recipient of this award will be chosen by a Blue Ribbon Committee and therefore holds a special position.
Hopefully this has given you at least an idea of who and what to expect at the 65th Grammy Awards. Enjoy music’s biggest night and all it has to offer! And while you wait, check out Fangirls World Tour’s Spotify playlists that also feature some of the nominees!