The 2023 Grammy awards were an eventful night full of catchy performances and some of the biggest stars in music. This year multiple artists from New York State won prestigious awards, including Best New Artist, and many more.
Beyoncé won four Grammys, making her total number of awards 32, the most that have ever been one (previously held by Georg Solti). She won Best R&B Song for “Cuff It,” Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Break My Soul,” Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa,” and Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for Renaissance. Viola Davis made history by achieving EGOT status by winning the award for “Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording.”
Lizzo won Record of the Year for “About Damn Time,” as well as Best Remixed Recording for “About Damn Time (Purple Disco Machine Remix).” Harry Styles, who has been a part of the music industry for a long time since his days in the boy band One Direction, won the prestigious Album of the Year award for Harry’s House, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Wet Leg, who sparked to fame after their debut, won Best Alternative Music Album for Wet Leg, and Best Alternative Music Performance for “Chaise Longue.”
To the surprise of many fans online, blues singer Bonnie Raitt won Song of the Year for “Just Like That.” She beat the likes of Adele, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, and more in that category. Best Rap Album saw Kendrick Lamar winning for Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and Lamar also won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “The Heart Part 5.” Kim Petras made history last night as the first transgender Grammy winner for her collaboration with Sam Smith for Unholy, winning in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.
Many artists from New York State won awards last night, including Bronx native Samara Joy, who won Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album for Linger Awhile. The Grateful Dead and art directors Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson, and Dave Van Patten won Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for In and Out of the Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81 ’82 ’83. Stephanie Economou from Long Island made history as the first winner of the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, from Inwood, won Best Song Written for Visual Media for “We Don’t Talk About Bruno (from Encanto).” The New York Youth Symphony made Grammy history last night, becoming the first youth orchestra to win Best Orchestral Performance. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & The Metropolitan Opera Chorus won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Finally, Attacca Quartet from Buffalo won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Caroline Shaw: Evergreen.
The 2023 Grammy awards were full of historic moments, showcasing talent from all over New York State and beyond. From dazzling fashion on the red carpet to over-the-top performances, the Grammys are one of the best nights in the music industry.
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