2023 GRAMMY'S: BEST OF THE NIGHT


The 2023 Grammy Awards were the perfect celebration of all the incredible music that was released in the past year and the artists that defined it! There were so many highlights and iconic moments from the show and the red carpet this year. So much talent was present in every single category, it was impossible to predict who would have ultimately won for each! 



One of the biggest winners of the night was Harry Styles, who won both Best Pop Vocal Performance and the biggest award - Album of the Year. Watching his evolution over the years and seeing his career continuously reach new heights has truly been so beautiful to witness as a long-time fan - you know it's not the same as it was! The Album of the Year category was especially stacked with so many amazing albums, but Harry's House was so deserving of the honor. It was my personal favorite album of 2022, it still just keeps getting better and better with each listen. All 13 songs feel like taking a glimpse inside Harry's mind through the lens of the musicians that have inspired him throughout his life. 

I also loved his performance of "As It Was" - words can't express how much I love that song, it's an instant classic in his discography and easily one of my favorite songs ever. He brought elements of the music video to the stage, with the dancers on a spinning treadmill-like platform, along with his band and an iconic silver tassel jumpsuit! His live performances always enhance his music even more, I have been lucky enough to see him live four times and every time it makes me love his music more than ever before. In September, I saw him perform Harry's House, almost in its entirety, during his Love on Tour New York residency and hearing that music live and feeling all of the pure joyous energy in the room was something I think of every time I have listened to his music since.

"I've been so inspired by every artist in this category with me at a lot of different times in my life... I think on nights like tonight it is obviously so important to remember that there is no such thing as 'best' in music. I don't think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is going to get us one of these. This is really kind, I'm so grateful", he said during his Album of the Year acceptance speech, alongside his collaborators Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson.


Beyoncé was another highlight of the show when she broke history as the most-awarded artist in Grammy's history with 32 wins! I would have loved to have seen her perform on the show, as well as some of the other big names that were present - like Adele and Taylor Swift

Lizzo also won for Record of the Year with "About Damn Time", which she performed along with her song "Special" during the show. She is the first black woman to win this award since Whitney Houston in 1994 with "I Will Always Love You", which Lizzo said is an honor she "doesn’t take lightly". "About Damn Time" is an undeniable hit and a highlight of the last year in music, this award was so deserved. Her acceptance speech was so beautifully said, "When we lost Prince, I decided to delicate my life to making positive music. I was like, 'I don't care if my positivity bothers you — what's wrong with you?' ... Positive and feel-good music wasn't mainstream at that point, and I felt very misunderstood. ... I felt on the outside looking in, but I stayed true to myself because I wanted to make the world a better place. So, I had to be that change to be a better place. And now, I look around and there's all these songs about loving our body and being comfortable in our skin and feeling f*cking good and I'm just so proud to be a part of it!"

One of the most surprising wins of the night was for Song of The Year, which ultimately went to "Just Like That" by Bonnie Raitt - who was just as surprised as everyone else! Once again, it was another stacked category and could have gone a number of different ways. I was expecting Taylor Swift to win with "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)". Song of the Year is an award she surprisingly never won before although she has been nominated six times in the past. Especially since Song of the Year honors songwriting, I absolutely thought it would have been her because that song is a testament to her incredible talent and represents so much for her career - both in 2021 and 2012. Speaking of which, I still don't understand how Red (both the original and Taylor's Version) has never been recognized by the Grammy's in the major categories, aside this nomination, but that's a discussion for another day, I guess! 

During the untelevised pre-show, All Too Well (10 Minute Version): The Short Film won Best Music Video, so it is great to see this song still receive recognition in that way! On Twitter she said, "I can't put into words what this means to me. For the Recording Academy and my peers to acknowledge me as a director, and in doing so, acknowledge my work to try and reclaim my music...I'm blown away. Thank you to all the fans who willed this to happen."

Another untelevised award I have to mention is Jack Antonoff winning Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) for the second year in a row! Once again, in 2022 he has produced some of his best work yet, featuring collaborations with Taylor Swift, The 1975, Florence + The Machine and more. Fingers crossed for three years in a row next! 


In addition to the iconic musical moments, I always love to highlight some of my favorite red carpet fashion moments too!

B E S T  D R E S S E D

Taylor Swift

Cardi B


Anderson Paak

Offset

Shania Twain

Lizzo

Jack Harlow

Pharell

Viola Davis

Doja Cat




Thanks for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! If you're interested in reading more about some of the artists that were nominated, along with many others, I'd love for you to also check out my favorite albums of 2022 list! 


Photo Credit: Getty Images, Vogue, CBS, The Recording Academy
Header designed by Melissa Kacar


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