While Swifties fought for “Eras Tour” tickets Tuesday morning, other music fans gathered at the Grammy Museum for the announcement of the 65th annual Grammy Award nominees. The nominations were announced in a presentation featuring John Legend, Machine Gun Kelly, Smokey Robinson and Olivia Rodrigo, among others.
The show will be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023 and will be broadcast on CBS while streaming on Paramount+.
Adele, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Harry Styles and Lizzo are the five contenders for the three all-genre categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
Beyoncé leads these contenders in nominations with a total of nine. Her nominations this year brought her career total to 88, tying her husband Jay-Z for the most nominations of all time.
Lucia Qian, a sophomore majoring in architecture, is betting on Beyoncé to sweep the 2023 Grammys.
“I can definitely root out Harry and Kendrick, no offense,” Qian said. “I really like [Beyonce’s] album, and her new disco vibe was produced really well.”
Before the nominations were announced, Silk Sonic, a duo composed of artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, withdrew their participation from the annual Grammy Awards.
Last year, Silk Sonic’s lead single, “Leave the Door Open” won in all four categories it was nominated in. The duo did not provide a reason for this year’s withdrawal.
In other Grammy controversies, Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. were nominated for the Best Comedy Album category. Chappelle’s entry has faced significant criticism for some of its transphobic, antisemitic and homophobic remarks, and C.K. is widely known to have confessed to multiple acts of sexual misconduct in 2017.
Taylor Swift, who had withheld from submitting Fearless (Taylor’s Version) last year, decided to submit Red (Taylor’s Version) for consideration under the Album of the Year and Best Country Album categories.
Swift, a big name in the Grammy world, also submitted “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film)” for consideration in the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year, along with “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.
The Recording Academy also introduced five new awards: Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical; Best Alternative Music Performance; Best Americana Performance; Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.
Here is the complete list of all the nominees.