2023 Grammy Winners, Nominees, and Performances

2023 grammy winners
Alan Dower Blumlein 2017 Technical Grammy. Image by Alan Blulein on Wikimedia Commons.

The 65th annual Grammy Awards aired live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 5.  

Music’s biggest night brings together artists loved by the world from all genres. There’s something for everyone during this annual event presented by The Recording Academy.

Find out the scoop on all the nominees, winners, and performances below.

Where are the Grammy’s Held?

The 65th annual Grammy Awards were televised live from the Arena in Los Angeles.

2023 Grammy Nominations

Several artists dominated the 65th annual Grammy Awards nomination list. 

Queen B Beyoncé came out on top with nine nominations.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar wasn’t far behind with eight, while British pop goddess Adele and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile tied with seven nominations. 

Several artists earned six 2023 Grammy nominations, including Mary J. Blige, Future, Harry Styles, and DJ Khaled. 

How many of those nominations ended in a win? Who will forever be remembered as one of the 2023 Grammy winners?

Let’s find out. 

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Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

The Grammy Award for Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical was an inaugural award for the 65th annual Grammy Awards. 

The award was added to the lineup after the Recording Academy launched the Songwriter & Composers Wing. 

Nominees had to have written at least five songs and a maximum of nine, where songwriter or co-writer is their only credit. 

The 2023 Grammy Winner of Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical was Tobias Jesso Jr. 

His submitted works included “Boyfriends,” “Can I Get It,” “Careless,” “C’mon Baby Cry,” “Dotted Lines,” “Let You Go,” “No Good Reason,” “Thank You Song,” and “To Be Loved.” 

Other 2023 Grammy nominations for the award included Amy Allen, Nija Charles, The-Dream, and Laura Veltz. 

Who Had the Best Genre-Specific Albums?

With the Grammy’s honoring every genre of music there is to love, many albums were recognized for their respective categories. 

From global music to jazz vocal to country and everything in between, there was truly something for everyone. 

Here are the 2023 Grammy winners. 


Best Global Music Album 

Best Global Music Album went to Japanese composer Masa Takumi for his album “Sakura.” 

The win gave Takumi his first Grammy Award. However, it was his second nomination. He was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. 

Other nominees included Berklee Indian Ensemble’s Shuruaat, Burna Boy’s Love, Damini, Angélique Kidjo & Ibraihim Maalouf’s Queen of Sheba, and Between Us… (LIVE) by Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley featuring Manu Delago.


Best Americana Album

Brandi Carlile took home the Golden Gramophone for Best Americana Album for her In These Silent Days.  

Other nominees included Things Happen That Way by Dr. John, Good to Be… by Keb’ Mo’, Raise the Roof by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and Just Like That… by Bonnie Raitt. 

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Best Jazz Vocal Album

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album was given to Samara Joy for Linger Awhile. Joy beat out the likes of The Baylor Project, Carmen Lundy, The Manhattan Transfer, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. 

Related: The 21 Best Jazz Songs: A Definitive List 


Best Country Album

Living legend Willie Nelson reigned supreme over country music artists, taking home the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for A Beautiful Time. 

Nelson’s fellow category nominees included Luke Comb’s Growin’ Up, Miranda Lambert’s Palomino, Ashley McBryde’s Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, and Maren Morris’ Humble Quest. 

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Best Rap Album

Not surprisingly, Kendrick Lamar took home the coveted trophy for Best Rap Album with his Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. 

The popular release beat out God Did by DJ Khaled, I Never Liked You by Future, Come Home the Kids Miss You by Jack Harlow, and It’s Almost Dry by Pusha T. 

Related: The 21 Best Rap Songs of All Time 


Best Alternative Music Album

Wet Leg’s self-titled album was recognized as the Best Alternative Music Album. Arcade Fire, Big Thief, Bjork, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the other category nominees. 


Best Rock Album

Ozzy Osbourne won out over The Black Keys, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, IDLES, Machine Gun Kelly, and Spoon for Best Rock Album. 

Osbourne’s Patient Number 9 marked the British singer’s first Grammy Award win since 1994. 

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Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

The Queen B took home one of her nine nominations in the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with Renaissance, beating out Bonobo’s Fragments, Diplo’s self-titled album, ODESZA’s The Last Goodbye, and RUFUS DU SOL’s Surrender. 

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Best Dance/Electronic Recording

Beyonce’s single, “Break My Soul,” off the Grammy-winning album mentioned above, also took home the award for Best Dance/Electronic Recording. The win solidified Beyoncé as the most decorated artist with 32 Grammy Awards. 


Best Pop Vocal Album

The final genre-specific album award for the 65th annual Grammy Awards recognized the Best Pop Vocal Album. 

Harry Styles’ Harry’s House came out No. 1 over ABBA’s Voyage, Adele’s 30, Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres, and Lizzo’s Special. 

Other genre-specific album awards included recognizing the best in Latin Rock, Música Urbana, and Jazz Instrumental. 

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Who Had the Best Songs at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards?

The 2023 Grammy winners of the best songs categories don’t focus on the artist but the talents of the songwriters. 

Here are the best songs in all your favorite genres according to the 65th annual Grammy Awards. 


Best Americana Roots Song

“Just Like That,” written and recorded by Bonnie Raitt, took home the gramophone for Best Americana Roots SongShe beat out songs such as “Bright Star,” “Forever,” “High and Lonesome,” “Prodigal Daughter,” and “You and Me on the Rock.”  

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Best Country Song

Battling it out for Best Country Song included the combined efforts of Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Maren Morris, and Jimmy Robbins; Luke Combs, Drew Parker and Robert Williford; Lori McKenna and Taylor Swift; Jesse Frasure and Miranda Lambert; and Rodney Crowell and Chris Stapleton. 

But the writing duo of Matt Rogers and Ben Stennis took home the prize with “Til You Can’t,” performed by Cody Johnson.

Related: The 50 Best Country Songs from Jimmie Rodgers to Morgan Wallen 


Best Rap Song 

“The Heart Part 5,” co-written by Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar, and Matt Schaeffer took the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song. Other nominated songs included “Churchill Downs,” “God Did,” “pushin P,” and “Wait for U.” 

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Best R&B Song

Beyoncé unsurprisingly took home the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for “CUFF IT.” 

She co-wrote the song with Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Mary Christine Brockert, Brittany “Chi” Coney, The-Dream, Morten Ristorp, Nile Rodgers and Raphael Saadiq. 


Best Rock Song

Best Rock Song brought Brandi Carlile yet another win for her song “Broken Horses,” which she co-wrote with Phill Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth. 

Who Had the Best Solo Performances of the Year?

It’s not just about the songs themselves or the albums. They wouldn’t mean nearly as much if it weren’t for the performances each artist puts into the vocal and feeling behind it to capture the listener. 

Here are the 2023 Grammy winners for their solo performances. 


Best Country Solo Performance

Willie Nelson did just that with “Live Forever” earning him the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance. Kelsea Ballerini, Zach Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Maren Morris were the other 2023 Grammy nominations in the category. 

Not surprisingly, Willie Nelson is the oldest of the 2023 Grammy winners. He turns 90 this year.

Related: The 15 Best Male Country Singers of All Time: A Definitive List 

Best Rap Performance

Kendrick Lamar stole hearts with his performance of “The Heart Part 5,” securing him the award for Best Rap Performance.

“God Did,” “Vegas,” “pushin P,” and “F.N.F. (Let’s Go),” were also among the 2023 Grammy nominations. 

Kendrick Lamar is among the 2023 Grammy winners who have also won in the past, as he has won for many previous songs and albums.

Best R&B Performance

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance went to Muni Long for “Hrs & Hrs.” Other nominees included Beyoncé for “VIRGO’S GROOVE,” Mary J. Blige featuring Anderson Paak for “Here with Me,” Lucky Day for “Over,” and Jazmine Sullivan for “Hurt Me So Good.” 


Best Pop Solo Performance

Best Pop Solo Performance went to Adele for “Easy on Me.” It came out on top over Bad Bunny‘s “Moscow Mule,” Doja Cat’s “Woman,” “Steve Lacy’s Bad Habit,” Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” and Harry Styles’ “As It Was.” 

The 65th annual Grammy Awards also recognized duos and groups for their best performances in their respective genres. Notable wins included Sam Smith and Petras for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Unholy,” and Carley Pearce and Ashley McBryde for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” 

Top 2023 Grammy Winners

With every new award presented, artists and audiences alike anxiously waited to find out who would win the evening’s biggest awards. 

These awards recognized the absolute best in music, no matter what the genre.

Well, there’s no more need to wait. Here are the top 2023 Grammy winners.


New Artist of the Year

First, the Grammy Award for New Artist of the Year. The honor went to jazz artist Samara Joy, her second award of the night. 

Other nominees included Anitta, Omar Apollo, DOMI & JD Beck, Latto, Maneskin, Muni Long, Tobe Nwigwe, Molly Tuttle, and Wet Leg.

Song of the Year

Bonnie Raitt didn’t just reign supreme with the Best American Roots Song, but came out on top with Song of the Year for “Just Like That.” In our minds, it’s a well-deserved honor, as she is the only nominee in the category to have written the song completely on her own.

Other nominated songs included “abcdefu” by GAYLE, “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift, “As It Was,” by Harry Styles, “Bad Habit,” by Steve Lacy, “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé, “Easy on Me” by Adele, “God Did,” by DJ Khaled, featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, JAY-Z, John Legend and Fridayy,” and “The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar.

It’s too bad that they can’t all be 2023 Grammy winners!

Related: Who is Gayle? Everything You Need to Know About the “abcdefu” Singer


Record of the Year

Unlike Song of the Year categories which recognize the songwriters, Record of the Year recognizes the artist’s performance of the song. At the 65th annual Grammy Awards, Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” took home the honor.

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It took the title over “Don’t Shut Me Down” by ABBA, “Easy on Me” by Adele, “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé, “Good Morning Gorgeous” by Mary J. Blige, “You and Me on the Rock” by Brandi Carlile featuring Lucius, “Woman” by Doja Cat, “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy, “The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar, and “As It Was” by Harry Styles.


Album of the Year

Now, here it is, the most prestigious award category of the Grammys: Album of the Year. 

The results shocked many fans, as Beyoncé’s Renaissance was the favorite to win. But alas, Directioners could be heard screaming as the British/Irish boyband alum Harry Styles took home the honor for Harry’s House, his third solo album.  

Other nominated artists included ABBA for Voyage, Adele for 30, Bad Bunny for Un Verano Sin Ti, Mary J. Blige for Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), Brandi Carlile for In These Silent Days, Coldplay for Music of the Spheres, Kendrick Lamar for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, and Lizzo for Special. 

All in all, the 2023 Grammy winners spanned many genres and included a diverse group.


2023 Grammy Performances

In between the award announcements, audiences enjoyed some stellar and memorable performances.

Perhaps the most talked about performance of the night was Sam Smith and Petras’ performance of “Unholy.” The seemingly racy, Satanic themes throughout the performance have sparked controversy among many critics and conservatives.

Several tribute performances were made, too, including Kacey Musgraves honoring the late Loretta Lynn with a performance of the legend’s biographical hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood, and Bonnie Raitt teamed up to honor the late Christine McVie with a performance of her hit “Songbird,” and late rapper Takeoff was honored with a performance of “Without You” by Maverick City Music and Quavo.

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In honor of half a century of hip-hop, a slew of all-star performers came together for an anniversary tribute including Ice-T, Lil Wayne, Run-DMC, Queen Latifah, and more. 

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Written by Erik Ritland

Erik Ritland is a songwriter, musician, journalist, and podcaster based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s released over a dozen albums since 2002, most recently Old Dog Almost Gone (2021), the first-ever multimedia album, and his latest collection of all original material, A Scientific Search (2020). During his 15+ years as a music journalist, Erik has written hundreds of articles for Music in Minnesota, Something Else Reviews, his own blog Rambling On, and more. In addition to continuing his music career, Erik currently runs The Cosmic American, a music journalism website, and is the editor of Music in Minnesota.


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