Grammys 2023: Beyoncé now the most decorated artist in Grammy history

Beyonce accepts the award for best dance/electronic music album for "Renaissance" at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello). AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The 2023 Grammy Awards were a historic night.

Beyoncé is now the most decorated artist in the award show’s history after taking home four awards on Sunday. She won best dance recording for Break My Soul, traditional R&B performance for Plastic Off the Sofa and R&B song for Cuff It — all songs off her hit album Renaissance, which was recognized as best dance/electronic album.

Beyoncé has won 32 Grammys, officially toppling the previous record of 31 awards held by the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti.

“I’m trying not to be too emotional,” the superstar said as her husband Jay-Z stood and applauded her. The singer thanked her late uncle, her parents, Jay-Z and her children for supporting her. “I’m just trying to receive this night. I want to thank God for protecting me. Thank you, God.”

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The Queen Bee led artists this year with nine nominations, eight for her album Renaissance. With these nominations, Beyoncé tied with her husband for the most nominations received by any one artist — a whopping 88 nods.

(L-R) Adele, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Rich Paul attend the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Kendrick Lamar was the second-most nominated artist of the night with eight nods. He took home three awards, winning best rap album for Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and best rap song and best rap performance for The Heart Part 5. 

Lizzo brought home Record of the Year for About Damn Time, an upbeat hit that spawned a viral dance trend on TikTok. In her acceptance speech, Lizzo acknowledged Beyoncé’s record-breaking night and spoke about how the performer inspired her to pursue music at a young age.

Lizzo performs a medley at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Bad Bunny opened the Grammy Awards with a festive, high-energy performance that brought many of the audience to their feet, including Taylor Swift who danced near her table.

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Harry Styles won the main ceremony’s first award for best pop vocal album for Harry’s House which included his fun-filled, massive hit As It Was — which he later performed live in a silver fringed body suit. The British pop star also captured the coveted Album of the Year award.

Harry Styles performs onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. JC Olivera/WireImage

Sam Smith and collaborator Kim Petras took home the award for best pop duo performance for their smash hit Unholy. 

“I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” Petras said in her acceptance speech. “I want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight.”

During the in memoriam segment, the Grammys recognized the lives of Loretta LynnMigos rapper Takeoff and Christine McVie with several star-studded performers paying them homage. Kacey Musgraves sang Coal Miner’s Daughter in tribute to Lynn; Quavo hit the stage to honour his slain nephew and bandmate with the song Without You; and Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt performed Songbird to remember McVie.

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Canadians Michael Bublé and Drake were recognized early in the night during the Grammy pre-ceremony. The Vancouver-born crooner brought home the best traditional pop vocal album award while the Toronto-born rapper was recognized for best melodic rap performance for his contribution to Future’s Wait for U.

Drake decided to withhold his solo album Honestly, Nevermind from Grammy contention this year. He has boycotted the award show since 2020, alongside fellow Canadian artist The Weeknd, calling the accolade insignificant and disconnected from the landscape of popular music.

Find below a complete list of all the nominees in the major categories. Final winners will be bolded as the ceremony goes on.

Album of the Year

Voyage, ABBA
30, Adele
Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny
Renaissance, Beyoncé
In These Silent Days, Brandi Carlile
Music of the Spheres, Coldplay
** WINNER: Harry’s House, Harry Styles
Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar
Special, Lizzo
Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), Mary J. Blige

Record of the Year

Don’t Shut Me Down, ABBA
Easy on Me, Adele
Break My Soul, Beyoncé
You and Me on the Rock, Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius
Woman, Doja Cat
As It Was, Harry Styles
The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar
** WINNER: About Damn Time, Lizzo
Good Morning Gorgeous, Mary J. Blige
Bad Habit, Steve Lacy

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Song of the Year

Easy on Me, Adele
Break My Soul, Beyoncé
** WINNER: Just Like That, Bonnie Raitt
God Did, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy
As It Was, Harry Styles
The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar
About Damn Time, Lizzo
Bad Habit, Steve Lacy
All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film), Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

Domi & JD Beck
Molly Tuttle
Muni Long
Omar Apollo
** WINNER: Samara Joy
Tobe Nwigwe
Wet Leg

Best Music Video

Easy on Me, Adele
Yet to Come, BTS
Woman, Doja Cat
As It Was, Harry Styles
The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar
** WINNER: All Too Well: The Short Film, Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album

Voyage, ABBA
30, Adele.
Music of the Spheres, Coldplay
Special, Lizzo
** WINNER: Harry’s House, Harry Styles

Best Pop Solo Performance

** WINNER: Easy on Me, Adele
Moscow Mule, Bad Bunny
Woman, Doja Cat
Bad Habit, Steve Lacy
About Damn Time, Lizzo
As It Was, Harry Styles

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Don’t Shut Me Down, ABBA
Bam Bam, Camila Cabello featuring Ed Sheeran
My Universe, Coldplay & BTS
I Like You (A Happier Song), Post Malone & Doja Cat
** WINNER: Unholy, Sam Smith & Kim Petras

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Thank You, Diana Ross
When Christmas Comes Around..., Kelly Clarkson
** WINNER: Higher, Michael Bublé
I Dream of Christmas (Extended), Norah Jones
Evergreen, Pentatonix

Best Rap Performance

God Did, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy
Vegas, Doja Cat
Pushin P, Gunna and Future Featuring Young Thug
F.N.F. (Let’s Go), Hitkidd & Glorilla
** WINNER: The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Beautiful, DJ Khaled Featuring Future and SZA
** WINNER: Wait for U, Future Featuring Drake and Tems
First Class, Jack Harlow
Die Hard, Kendrick Lamar Featuring Blxst and Amanda Reifer
Big Energy (Live), Latto

Best Rap Song

God Did, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy
Wait for U, Future Featuring Drake and Tems
Pushin P, Gunna and Future Featuring Young Thug
Churchill Downs, Jack Harlow Featuring Drake
** WINNER: The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

God Did, DJ Khaled
I Never Liked You, Future
Come Home the Kids Miss You, Jack Harlow
** WINNER: Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar
It’s Almost Dry, Pusha T

Best R&B Performance

Virgo’s Groove, Beyoncé
Hurt Me So Good, Jazmine Sullivan
Over, Lucky Daye
Here With Me, Mary J. Blige Featuring Anderson .Paak
** WINNER: Hrs & Hrs, Muni Long

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Best Traditional R&B Performance

’Round Midnight, Adam Blackstone Featuring Jazmine Sullivan
Keeps on Fallin’, Babyface Featuring Ella Mai
** WINNER: Plastic Off the Sofa, Beyoncé
Good Morning Gorgeous, Mary J. Blige
Do 4 Love, Snoh Aalegra

Best R&B Song

** WINNER: Cuff It, Beyoncé
Hurt Me So Good, Jazmine Sullivan
Good Morning Gorgeous, Mary J. Blige
Hrs & Hrs, Muni Long
Please Don’t Walk Away, PJ Morton

Best R&B Album

Breezy (Deluxe), Chris Brown
Candy Drip, Lucky Daye
Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), Mary J. Blige
Watch the Sun, PJ Morton
** WINNER: Black Radio III, Robert Glasper

Best Dance Recording

** WINNER: Break My Soul, Beyoncé
Rosewood, Bonobo
I’m Good (Blue), David Guetta and Bebe Rexha
Don’t Forget My Love, Diplo and Miguel
Intimidated, Kaytranada Featuring H.E.R.
On My Knees, Rüfüs Du Sol

Best Dance/Electronic Album

** WINNER: Renaissance, Beyoncé
Fragments, Bonobo
Diplo, Diplo
The Last Goodbye, Odesza
Surrender, Rüfüs Du Sol

Best Rock Album

Dropout Boogie, The Black Keys
The Boy Named If, Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Crawler, Idles
Mainstream Sellout, Machine Gun Kelly
** WINNER: Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne
Lucifer on the Sofa, Spoon

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Best Rock Song

** WINNER: Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile
Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck
Black Summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blackout, Turnstile
Harmonia’s Dream, The War on Drugs

Best Rock Performance

Old Man, Beck
Wild Child, The Black Keys
** WINNER: Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile
So Happy It Hurts, Bryan Adams
Crawl!, Idles
Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck
Holiday, Turnstile

Best Metal Performance

Call Me Little Sunshine, Ghost
We’ll Be Back, Megadeth
Kill or Be Killed, Muse
** WINNER: Degradation Rules, Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi
Blackout, Turnstile

Best Alternative Music Album

WE, Arcade Fire
Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, Big Thief
Fossora, Björk
** WINNER: Wet Leg, Wet Leg
Cool It Down, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Country Album

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, Ashley McBryde
Growin’ Up, Luke Combs
Humble Quest, Maren Morris
Palomino, Miranda Lambert
** WINNER: A Beautiful Time, Willie Nelson

Best Country Solo Performance

Heartfirst, Kelsea Ballerini
Circles Around This Town, Maren Morris
In His Arms, Miranda Lambert
** WINNER: Live Forever, Willie Nelson
Something in the Orange, Zach Bryan

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Midnight Rider’s Prayer, Brothers Osborne
** WINNER: Never Wanted to Be That Girl, Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde
Wishful Drinking, Ingrid Andress & Sam Hunt
Outrunnin’ Your Memory, Luke Combs & Miranda Lambert
Does He Love You (Revisited), Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton
Going Where the Lonely Go, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

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Best Country Song

** WINNER: ’Til You Can’t, Cody Johnson
Doin’ This, Luke Combs
Circles Around This Town, Maren Morris
If I Was a Cowboy, Miranda Lambert
I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault), Taylor Swift
I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die, Willie Nelson

Best Latin Pop Album

De Adentro Pa Afuera, Camilo
Aguilera, Christina Aguilera
Viajante, Fonseca
** WINNER: Pasieros, Rubén Blades and Boca Livre
Dharma +, Sebastián Yatra

Best Comedy Album

** WINNER: The Closer, Dave Chappelle
Comedy Monster, Jim Gaffigan
Sorry, Louis C.K.
We All Scream, Patton Oswalt
A Little Brains, a Little Talent, Randy Rainbow

Best Musical Theatre Album

A Strange Loop, Original Broadway Cast
Caroline, or Change, New Broadway Cast
** WINNER: Into the Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording), ‘Into the Woods’ 2022 Broadway Cast
MJ the Musical, Original Broadway Cast
Mr. Saturday Night, ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Original Cast
Six: Live on Opening Night, Original Broadway Cast

Best Songwriter, Non-Classical

Amy Allen
Laura Veltz
Nija Charles
** WINNER: Tobias Jesso Jr.

— with files from The Associated Press


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