By: Veronika Duus
As the 65th GRAMMY awards grow closer and closer, the revealing of the nominees grows even closer. Luckily, the wait is over and nominations are out! Within the Academy’s list, there’s a mix of expected nominees and absolute shockers.
Arguably, the main event of the GRAMMYs is the Song of The Year, and the nominations are diverse and surprising. Some unexpected nominees include Bonnie Raitt’s Just Like That and DJ Khaled’s God Did. Popular hits such as Easy On Me, As It Was, and About Damn Time shocked nobody. The same applies to greats such as All Too Well (10 Minute Version) and The Heart Part 5. While most had differing opinions on what the nominee roster would look like, GAYLE’s abcdefu was a shocker to all, especially going up against songs like Beyonce’s BREAK MY SOUL and Steve Lacy’s Bad Habit. Despite any controversy that may surround this list, it is undeniable that we all eagerly await who will beat out the rest in this close competition on February 5th.
The Album of Year roster is one that has little surprises, as most albums on this were expected nominees from release. Some of these include Beyonce’s RENAISSANCE, Adele’s 30, and Kendrick’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Some older artist’s albums such as Voyage by ABBA, and Good Morning Gorgeous by Mary J. Blige surprised many. Impressive albums such as Un Verano Sin Ti (Bad Bunny), Music of the Spheres (Coldplay), and In These Silent Days (Brandi Carlile) also made the cut. Incredibly viral albums such as Special by Lizzo and Harry’s House by Harry Styles are nominated for the GRAMMY as well.
If there are other categories that you’re interested in, such as Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Rock music, Alternative music, etc, you can see the full nominee list here: https://www.grammy.com/news/2023-grammy-nominations-complete-winners-nominees-list.
History was made this year in many different ways through these nominees. It’s a big moment for the Carter-Knowles family. Beyonce leads in nominations with a whopping 9 nominations, closely followed by Kendrick with 8. Overall, Beyonce shares the title of most nominations with an impressive 88. The only person who matches her is none other than her husband, Jay-Z. Bad Bunny made history this year with Un Verano Sin Ti. His album – up for Album of the Year – is the first entirely Spanish album to ever be nominated for this major category.
There were five new categories added this year in the interest of a more diverse list. These include Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games, and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.
Although the host hasn’t been named yet, one thing is for certain: everyone will be on the edge of their seat watching the show on February 5th.