Review of the 65th Grammy’s!

The Grammy’s is always an exciting time of the year. It is when artists get recognized for their musical achievements and greatest hits on the radio. 

This year was the 65th annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles at the Arena on Feb. 5, 2023. The best songs and albums from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022 were accounted for when deciding who all would receive awards, along with fan votes.  

Hosted by comedian Trevor Noah, for the third year in a row, the night started with a performance from Bad Bunny showing “El Apagón,” later following artists like Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, and many more throughout the night.  

Missy Elliott, Future, Glorilla, Lil Wayne and more artists from old and new school genres of music performed in honor of black history month and the 50th Anniversary of hip-hop, including LL Cool J, who gave a touching dedication to hip hop. 

In addition to hip hop, the Grammy Awards also honored the late Loretta Lynn, Takeoff from hip hop group, “Migos” and Christine McVie from 60’s rock band, “Fleetwood Mac.” 

Following the Memoriam segment featured tribute performances from Kacey Musgraves, who was remarkably close to Lynn and performed one of her greatest hits, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Maverick City Music assisted Quavo, who was Takeoff’s uncle, in performing the song “Without You,” which he wrote after Takeoff’s tragic death in November of 2022. While Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, and Bonnie Raitt, who were some of McVie’s band members performed her hit, “Songbird.”  

Presenting at the 2023 Grammys were, of course, a-list celebrities like Cardi B, Olivia Rodrigo, Dwayne Johnson, James Gorden and more. In addition, First Lady Jill Biden, who shocked viewers, wearing a silver, off-the-shoulder column gown. 

There was an extensive list of nominations for various artists.  

In the lead with nine nominations was Beyonce, including Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song due to her hit track “Cuff It,” Record of the Year due to her song “Break My Soul,” Album of the Year due to her album “Renaissance,” and more. Along with the most nominations of the night, she also broke the record of the most Grammys won by a single artist with 32.  

Next was Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations and Adele and Brandi Carlile with seven nominations each, while The Dream, Randy Merrill, Future, Harry Styles, and Mary J. Blige had six. 

Bonnie Raitt won Song of the Year for her track, “Just Like That” making her a 13-time winner. Lizzo seemed shocked when she won Record of the Year for her track, “About Time,” dedicating her award to Prince and Beyonce. For Album of the Year, viewers and artists alike were shocked when the award went to Harry Styles, beating Adele’s album “30” and Beyonce’s “Renaissance.” Like Lizzo, Styles dedicated his win to fellow nominees, expressing that he was inspired by all of them. 

Samara Joy won Best New Artist over Latto, Maneskin, Muni Long, and more. Best Music Video went to Taylor Swift for “All Too Well: The Short Film.” Best Pop Solo Performance went to Adele “Easy on Me.” Joining the list of winners is Sam Smith and Kim Petras for Best Pop Duo “Unholy,” Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Performance, “The Heat Part 5,” Future featuring Drake and Tems for Best Melodic Rap Performance “Wait for You,” and the list goes on. 

Though there were a lot of twists and turns, I’d say the 65th Grammy Awards was a win for the musical industry as a whole.