Beyonce is currently tied with her rapper husband Jay-Z for the most Grammy nominations with nine, bringing her career total to 88. Jay-Z received five this year for his songwriting work with DJ Khaled and on some of her projects.
Along with Lizzo, Kendrick Lamar, and Beyonce, who is now tied with husband Jay-Z for the record for most nominations in a single year, Harry Styles and Adele, two British artists, are among the front-runners for the 2023 Grammy Awards.
With nine nominations, Beyonce has the most in the field, bringing her career total to 88. She now shares this honor with her rapper husband, who received five nominations this year for his songwriting work on DJ Khaled’s song God Did, as well as his contributions to his wife’s albums Renaissance and Break My Soul.
Styles, Adele, Lamar, and Lizzo are her competitors for the Grammys’ three top honors, album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year, respectively.
Beyonce, who now holds the record for most accolades won with 28 victories, might surpass the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti’s total if she wins four prizes next year. Since 1997, Solti has held the record thanks to her 31 Grammys.
The nominations pit her against Adele once more; the British singer won album of the year in 2017 but claimed on stage that the prize should have gone to Lemonade from the US.
Adele made a comeback in 2021 with the release of her fourth album, 30, which topped the charts in both the US and the UK. Adele received nominations for Adele: One Night Only, which featured an interview with Oprah Winfrey and a concert performance at the Griffith Observatory, as well as the best pop vocal album and best music film.
Styles, meanwhile, continued a stellar year that saw him nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize; the hit song As It Was received nominations for best pop solo performance, song of the year, best music video, and record of the year, while the chart-topping third album Harry’s House received nods for the best non-engineered album (non-classical) and best pop vocal album.
Lamar is the second front-runner with eight nominations, Adele and Brandi Carlile with seven, and Styles joins other singers like Mary J Blige and DJ Khaled with six. In 2023, there will be 91 categories honoring genres ranging from rock and rap to country and humor.
Future British indie rock band Wet Leg received a nomination for best new artist with Eurovision 2021 winner Maneksin. Wet Leg was also shortlisted for the Mercury Prize earlier this year and was recommended by none other than Barack Obama.
Along with the other well-known nominations, Bad Bunny made history by receiving the first nomination for a Spanish-language album of the year for Un Verano Sin Ti. Other well-known nominees include Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Steve Lacy, and Bad Bunny.
According to the Recording Academy, which oversees the awards, nearly half of the 2023 nominees are women and more than half are people of color. A number of celebrities, including Smokey Robinson, Machine Gun Kelly, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and Olivia Rodrigo, made the announcements.
The 65th edition of the year awards will be more diverse, according to Recording Academy Chief Executive Harvey Mason Jr., thanks to new categories like songwriter of the year and alternative music performance. A special merit award will also be given for the finest song for social change, based on its lyrical content and its contemporary social relevance.
With Adele and Harry Styles among the notable nominees, musicologist and CEO of The Online Recording Studio Joe Wadsworth said that the next awards show might be “the most successful for UK musicians in a generation.”
Primary category nominees
Album Of The Year
Voyage – ABBA
30 – Adele
Un Verano Sin Ti – Bad Bunny
Renaissance – Beyonce
Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) – Mary J Blige
In These Silent Days – Brandi Carlile
Music of the Spheres – Coldplay
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar
Special – Lizzo
Harry’s House – Harry Styles
Record Of The Year
Don’t Shut Me Down – ABBA
Easy on Me – Adele
Break My Soul – Beyoncé
Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige
You and Me On The Rock – Brandi Carlile featuring Lucius
Woman – Doja Cat
Bad Habit – Steve Lacy
The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar
About Damn Time – Lizzo
As It Was – Harry Styles
Song Of The Year (songwriter’s award)
abcdefu – Sara Davis, GAYLE, and Dave Pittenger
About Damn Time – Lizzo, Eric Frederic, Blake Slatkin, and Theron Makiel Thomas
All Too Well (10-Minute Version – The Short Film) – Liz Rose and Taylor Swift
As It Was – Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, and Harry Styles
Bad Habit – Matthew Castellanos, Brittany Foushee, Diana Gordon, John Carroll Kirby, and Steve Lacy
Break My Soul – Beyonce, S Carter, Terius The Dream Gesteelde-Diamant, and Christopher A Stewart
Easy On Me – Adele Adkins and Greg Kurstin
God Did – Tarik Azzouz, E Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F LeBlanc, Jay-Z, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts, and Nicholas Warwar
The Heart Part 5 – Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, and Matt Schaeffer
Just Like That – Bonnie Raitt
Best New Artist
DOMi & JD Beck
Songwriter Of The Year
Tobia Jesso Jr
The 65th annual Grammy Awards will take place on 5 February 2023 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.