Grammy Awards 2023: Tems bags her first Grammy, Beyonce makes history, Viola Davis becomes an EGOT

The 2023 Grammys are over!

All 91 awards were presented on Sunday, February 5 in downtown Los Angeles, beginning with the Grammy Premiere Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. ET and continuing with the prime-time Grammy Awards program at 8 p.m. ET.

Here are some of the highlights from the awards show.

Tems bags her first Grammy

The sky is the limit for Tems, now that the Nigerian artist has won her first Grammy.

Tems now has the distinction of “Grammy Award Winner” to add to her long list of achievements. Known by her full name of Temilade Openiyi, the Nigerian singer won her first Grammy for her work on Future’s “Wait For U,” which also features Drake, during the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

In the category of Best Melodic Rap Performance, the musical bombshell triumphed against such heavy hitters as Latto (“Big Energy (Live)”), Jack Harlow (“First Class”), Kendrick Lamar (“Die Hard”), and DJ Khaled (“Beautiful”). As a result of her victory, the 27-year-old fan favorite became the first female Nigerian musician to win a Grammy.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance, in which Tems played a significant role, was also a nominee for Album of the Year. The “Higher” singer received an Oscar nomination for “Lift Me Up,” a song from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” earlier this year.

Sampled in “Wait For U” is “Higher” by Tems, a track from her debut album “For Broken Ears.” 

Future gushed about Tems’ singing skills on social media shortly after the record came out. Tems would spend the remainder of 2022 gaining widespread acclaim for her artistic prowess and releasing a string of successful albums and singles with guest appearances from the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Beyoncé makes history

Beyoncé made history as she won the best dance/electronic album for her euphoric dance opus, Renaissance.

In doing so, she overtook Hungarian-British conductor George Solti, whose record of 31 Grammys had stood for more than 20 years.

“I’m trying not to be too emotional,” said the star, accepting her prize.

“I’m trying to just receive this night.”

She went on to thank her family, including her late uncle Jonny, who helped make her stage outfits before she became famous.

Beyoncé has previously said his battle with HIV influenced her interest in dance music, and its historical ties to the LGBTQ community, on Renaissance.

Overall, Beyoncé won four prizes at the ceremony – but missed some of the early presentations after getting stuck in gridlocked downtown Los Angeles.

“I’m surprised traffic could stop you,” joked host Trevor Noah. “I thought you traveled through space and time.”

Viola Davis becomes an EGOT

Davis completed her collection by winning the best audiobook for Finding Me, her autobiography.

“I wrote this book to honor the six-year-old Viola,” the actress explained. “To honor her life, joy, trauma, and everything.”

Fences earned her the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2016.

Her Emmy Award was for the television drama How To Get Away With Murder, and she won two Tony Awards for her stage performances, including the featured actress in a play for King Hedley II (2001) and lead actress in a play for Fences (2010).

“I just EGOT!” exclaimed the actress on stage at the Grammys, becoming visibly emotional as she praised her family for being “the best chapter in my book”.

Sir John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, and Jennifer Hudson are among the 17 other EGOT recipients.

Harry Styles Wins Album Of The Year For ‘Harry’s House’

Harry Styles capped up an incredible night at the 2023 GRAMMYs by winning Album Of The Year, his biggest career triumph to date.

Styles offered a heartfelt speech that was as humble as his Redditch, UK roots, opening with some swear words in astonishment. “Every artist in this category has been very inspiring to me at many different points in my life,” he remarked. “I think it’s crucial for us to remember on evenings like this that there is no such thing as “best” in music… This does not happen very often to folks like myself, and it is quite pleasant.”

Other contenders in the coveted category were ABBA, Adele, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, and Lizzo.

Check out the entire list of 2023 GRAMMY wins and nominations.

Album of the year

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

Best new artist

Anitta
Domi & JD Beck
Latto
Måneskin
Molly Tuttle
Muni Long
Omar Apollo
Samara Joy – WINNER
Tobe Nwigwe
Wet Leg

Record of the year

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

Song of the year

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

Best pop solo performance

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

Best dance/electronic album

Beyoncé – Renaissance – WINNER
Bonobo – Fragments
Diplo – Diplo
Odesza – The Last Goodbye
Rufus Du Sol – Surrender

Best rap album

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

Best musica urbana album

Rauw Alejandro – Trap Cake, Vol. 2
Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti – WINNER
Daddy Yankee – Legendaddy
Farruko – La 167
Maluma – The Love & Sex Tape

Best pop duo/group performance

Abba – Don’t Shut Me Down
Camilla Cabello and Ed Sheeran – Bam Bam
Coldplay and BTS – My Universe
Post Malone and Doja Cat – I Like You (A Happier Song)
Sam Smith and Kim Petras – Unholy – WINNER

Best country album

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

Best R&B song

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

Best pop vocal album

Abba – Voyage
Adele – 30
Coldplay – Music of the Spheres
Lizzo – Special
Harry Styles – Harry’s House – WINNER

Best dance/electronic recording

Beyoncé – Break My Soul – WINNER
Bonobo – Rosewood
David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – I’m Good (Blue)
Diplo & Miguel – Don’t Forget My Love
Kaytranada Featuring Her – Intimidated
Rüfüs Du Sol – On My Knees

Best global music performance

Arooj Aftab & Anoushka Shankar – Udhero Na
Burna Boy – Last Last
Matt B & Eddy Kenzo – Gimme Love
Rocky Dawuni Featuring Blvk H3ro – Neva Bow Down
Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode – Bayethe – WINNER

Best country solo performance

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

Best R&B performance

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

Best rap performance

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

Best metal performance

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

Best rock performance

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

Best rock album

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

Best alternative music album

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

Best traditional R&B performance

Snoh Aalegra – Do 4 Love
Babyface featuring Ella Mai – Keeps on Fallin’
Beyoncé – Plastic Off the Sofa – WINNER
Adam Blackstone featuring Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Round Midnight
Mary J Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous

Best progressive R&B album

Cory Henry – Operation Funk
Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights – WINNER
Terrace Martin – Drones
Moonchild – Starfruit
Tank and the Bangas – Red Balloon

Best R&B album

Mary J Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)
Chris Brown – Breezy (Deluxe)
Robert Glasper – Black Radio III – WINNER
Lucky Daye – Candydrip
PJ Morton – Watch the Sun

Best rap song

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

Best comedy album

Dave Chappelle – The Closer – WINNER
Jim Gaffigan – Comedy Monster
Randy Rainbow – A Little Brains, A Little Talent
Louis CK – Sorry
Patton Oswalt – We All Scream

Best folk album

Judy Collins – Spellbound
Madison Cunningham – Revealer – WINNER
Janis Ian – The Light At The End Of The Line
Aoife O’Donovan – Age of Apathy
Punch Brothers – Hell on Church Street

Best country song

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

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