2023 Grammy Awards: How to watch and what to expect on music's biggest night of the year (2023)


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The 65th annual Grammy Awardswill be live on Sunday, Feb. 5, honor the best of the music industry, with comedian Trevor Noah returning as host. The show promises a packed lineup of contemporary stars, iconic veterans and promising newcomers, and will include special big-name performances to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

The Grammys will be broadcast live from Los Angeles, starting at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, on CBS television stations and will stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Beyoncé leadsthis year's nominees, with nine nods from the Recording Academy. Kendrick Lamar follows closely behind with eight.

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All eyes will be on a handful of races for the Grammys' highest honors — and the outcomes could prove to be less predictable than usual, for more reasons than one.

Answering public calls for inclusion, both in front of and behind the scenes, the Recording Academy has undergone significant shifts in recent years. The academy's voter base, previously accused of racial and gender bias, changed dramatically last fall, when it welcomed a new membership class "composed of nearly 2,000 diverse music creators and professionals," the organization said in a statement at the time, which noted that the move came as part of a conscious and ongoing effort to continue "cultivating a community that embodies the ethnicities, genres and crafts that power the music industry."

Sunday's Grammys ceremony will be just the second to include a larger number of nominees — 10 — in each of the Big Four categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. The Recording Academy announced its plans to increase the number of slots from eight to 10 nominees in those categories at the end of 2021.

The competition is especially stiff this year. Here are the records, albums and artists to watch in the Grammys' Big Four categories.

Record of the Year

The Grammy for record of the year considers the artist on a single track, as well as the producers, recording engineers, mixers and mastering engineers who helped bring it to life. This year's nominees, all of whom are also nominated for performance awards in their respective genres, include a number of industry legends.

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Perhaps the most contentious rivalry — in this category as well as several others — will be between Adele and Beyoncé, who are again competing against each other for several awards. In this category, Adele's "Easy On Me," a critically-adored ballad and the first single off her latest album "30," is up against Beyoncé's dance-hall anthem "BREAK MY SOUL," from "Renaissance," which was met with similarly widespread acclaim.

This is Beyoncé's ninth time being nominated in this category, an all-time record, although she has never won before. Adele, a two-time winner and this year's only nominee who has already taken home a prize for record of the year, would join the ranks of Paul Simon and Bruno Mars in a tie for most wins in the history of the category if she were to win a third time this Sunday.

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Several other nominees for record of the year also have a shot to win. The contenders are: "Don't Shut Me Down" by ABBA, "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, "About Damn Time" by Lizzo and "As It Was" by Harry Styles.

Alongside "Easy on Me" and "BREAK MY SOUL," a number of the other nominated records were commercial smash hits, with "Bad Habit," "About Damn Time," "As It Was" and "Woman" at one point ranking in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rolling Stone placed Lacy's "Bad Habit" at No. 3 on its list of best 100 songs of 2022.

Carlile, Lamar and Doja Cat have each been nominated twice before in this category, while ABBA, owing to their highly-anticipated comeback album after four decade, Blige, and Lizzo have each been nominated once during past awards seasons. Lucius, Lacy and Styles are first-time nominees for record of the year.

Album of the Year

Album of the year — an award given to artists, featured artists and songwriters of new material, as well as producers, recording engineers, mixers and mastering engineers — will be chosen from a pool of potentials that is nearly identical to the nominations for record of the year.

The nominees in this category are: "Voyage" by ABBA, "30" by Adele, "Un Verano Sin Ti" by Bad Bunny, "RENAISSANCE" by Beyoncé, "Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)" by Mary J. Blige, "In These Silent Days" by Brandi Carlile, "Music Of The Spheres" by Coldplay, "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers" by Kendrick Lamar, "Special" by Lizzo and "Harry's House" by Harry Styles.

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Many of this year's nominees for album of the year have received previous nominations in the same category — this is the fourth nomination for Beyoncé, the third for Adele and Coldplay, and the second for Carlile and Lizzo. But Adele, who took home this prize for her last two studio albums, "21" and "25," is the only current contender who has won the award before.

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She somewhat notoriously won album of the year for "25" against Beyoncé's "Lemonade" in 2017, a decision that sparked some public backlash and bias accusations against the Recording Academy. Even Adele seemed to disagree with the decision, saying in her acceptance speech: "The artist of my life is Beyoncé. 'Lemonade' was so monumental, Beyoncé, and so well thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring and we all got to see another side to you. … I love you and I always have and I always will."

Making history in contention for 2023 album of the year is Bad Bunny, whose yearning fourth studio album "Un Verano Sin Ti" — a chart-topping sensation and critical success, which held No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for 13 consecutive weeks and whose hit single, "Titi Me Preguntó" leads Rolling Stone's best of 2022 compilation — is the first Spanish-language album ever nominated for this award at the Grammys.

Song of the Year

The prize for song of the year is awarded to songwriters, for singles or tracks that were either released or first achieved prominence during a given Grammys eligibility period.

This year's contenders are: "abcdefu" by GAYLE, "About Damn Time" by Lizzo, "All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film)" 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, "The Heart Part 5" by Kendrick Lamar and "Just Like That" by Bonnie Raitt.

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Swift has now received six nominations for song of the year, although she has never won a Grammy in this particular category. Adele, meanwhile, has won twice — for "Rolling in the Deep" off "21" and "Hello" off "25" — but, like her acceptance speech for album of the year in 2017, the artist dedicated her remarks after winning song of the year for "Hello" to Beyoncé, who was nominated for "Formation."

Beyoncé last won song of the year in 2010, for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)."

Best New Artist

The Grammys' coveted best new artist accolade is awarded annually to one performer whose music "achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape" during a given season's eligibility period, per the Recording Academy. It is the prize frequently credited for propelling a relative newcomer toward superstardom, with past winners including Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adele, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion.

For the first time since 2017, none of the year's Grammy nominees for best new artist have received nods in other top four categories.

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The nominees for best new artist are: Anitta, Omar Apollo, DOMi & JD Beck, Muni Long, Samara Joy, Latto, Måneskin, Tobe Nwigwe, Molly Tuttle and Wet Leg.

Several contenders are also competing in best album categories, with "Wet Let," by Wet Leg, nominated for best alternative music album; "Crooked Tree," by Tuttle, nominated for best bluegrass album; "Linger Awhile," by Joy, nominated for best jazz vocal album; and "Not Tight," by DOMi & JD Beck, nominated for best contemporary instrumental album.

Latto's "Big Energy," the rapper's hit single off her album "777," is independently nominated as well in the Grammys category for best melodic rap performance. The popular track's standout success on the charts sets Latto apart from her best new artist competitors, although just two women rappers, Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion, have won in this category before.

How to watch the 2023 Grammys

  • What:The 65th Annual Grammy Awards
  • Date:Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023
  • Time:8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
  • Location:Nokia Theater, Los Angeles
  • On TV:CBS television stations – find your local station here
  • Online stream:Live and on-demand onParamount+

The Grammys pre-telecast ceremony, during which many awards will also be announced, will take place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET and can bestreamed live here on the Grammys website.

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Where can I rewatch the GRAMMYs? ›

Head to live.GRAMMY.com all year long to watch all the GRAMMY performances, acceptance speeches, the GRAMMY Live From The Red Carpet livestream special, the full Premiere Ceremony livestream, and even more exclusive, never-before-seen content from the 2023 GRAMMYs.

What is the theme for the GRAMMYs 2023? ›

Back to normal is the theme of the 2023 Grammy Awards, after a few years of COVID-19-related shifts in dates and locations. The 65th annual ceremony returns Sunday to its longtime home of Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles.

What night are the Grammy Awards on? ›

The 65th annual Grammy Awards will air exclusively on CBS on Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. If you have cable (or an HDTV antenna), simply check your local listings for channel information to watch the show. The ceremony can also be streamed live by signing into CBS.com.

Who are the nominees for Song of the Year 2023? ›

The track was nominated alongside Adele's “Easy on Me,” Beyoncé's “Break My Soul,” Harry Styles' “As It Was,” Kendrick Lamar's “The Heart Part 5,” Lizzo's “About Damn Time,” Steve Lacy's “Bad Habit,” Taylor Swift's “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film),” DJ Khaled's “God Did,” and Gayle's “ABCDEFU.”

Can I watch the GRAMMYs after it's over? ›

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Featuring a multi-screen livestream you can control, live.GRAMMY.com is where you can watch all the 2023 GRAMMYs highlights in one place before, during and even after the telecast.

Who won album of the year 2023? ›

Harry Styles took home album of the year for “Harry's House.” Samara Joy (best new artist), Lizzo (record of the year) and Bonnie Raitt (song of the year) won the other top awards.

Who is performing at the 2023 Grammy Awards? ›

It was announced on January 25 that Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, and Sam Smith would all perform at the award show, which is scheduled to take place on February 5 starting at 8 p.m. EST.

What are the new Grammy categories for 2023? ›

On June 9, the Recording Academy announced some exciting, new changes going into effect at the 2023 GRAMMYs, including the introduction of five new GRAMMY Awards categories: Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical; Best Alternative Music Performance; Best Americana Performance; Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And ...

Who is presenting at the GRAMMYs 2023? ›

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How to watch The Grammys 2023 for free? ›

If you want to stream the 2023 Grammy Awards online free, you'll need to sign-up for a Paramount+ account. Paramount+ (formerly CBS All-Access) is currently offering a free trial that you can use to watch the Grammys online for free.

What time are The Grammys on Sunday night? ›

Watch the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, on Sunday, Feb. 5, live on the CBS Television Network and live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT.

Who are the contenders for album of the Year GRAMMY 2023? ›

Here are the nominees — by ABBA, Harry Styles, Beyoncé, Adele, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, and Lizzo. For what seems like ages, people have been portending the album's extinction as a viable format.

Who will win Best song Oscar 2023? ›

The RRR song “Naatu Naatu” is also up for Best Original Song; the music is by M.M. Keeravaani, and the lyrics are by Chandrabose, while it is performed by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. “Naatu Naatu” won the 2023 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Who was nominated for songwriter of the Year at the GRAMMYs 2023? ›

Meet The Nominees For Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical At The 2023 GRAMMYs. The first-ever GRAMMY Award for Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical highlights established writers whose work can be heard in pop, rap, country and more: Amy Allen, Nija Charles, Tobias Jesso Jr., The-Dream, and Laura Veltz.

How to watch the Grammys 2023 today? ›

The show will broadcast live on CBS, but cable-cutters can still tune into the festivities on Paramount Plus, in addition to live TV streamers such as Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV, Sling TV and DirecTV Stream.

Who won album of the year 2023 Grammy? ›

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Who are the best album nominees 2023? ›

Grammy Nominations 2023 Album of the Year
  • “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” – Kendrick Lamar.
  • “Special” – Lizzo.
  • “Harry's House” – Harry Styles.
  • Un Verano Sin Ti” – Bad Bunny.
  • “Renaissance” – Beyoncé
  • “Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)” – Mary J. Blige.
  • “Journey” – ABBA.
  • “30” – Adele.
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Who won the most 2023 GRAMMYs? ›

That was Harry Styles, 29, accepting the top prize of night, having beaten Abba, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Bad Bunny and maybe most of all, Beyoncé, who has now lost the Grammys' album of the year award four times in four tries.

Who has the most GRAMMY nominations 2023? ›

The list of nominees was led by Beyoncé, with nine nominations, and Kendrick Lamar, who had eight. With four awards, Beyoncé surpass the longtime record holder, conductor Georg Solti, to become the artist with the most Grammys in the awards' history.

Will BTS win a GRAMMY 2023? ›

BTS at SoFi Stadium in 2021. For a third year in a row, K-pop superstars BTS were shut out at the Grammy Awards.

When was the Grammy Awards 2023? ›

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was a music awards ceremony held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023.

Did BTS get nominated for a GRAMMY 2023? ›

Despite their three nominations, the K-pop group passed on this year's ceremony. None of the members of BTS made the trip Stateside for the 2023 Grammys. The superstar K-pop group was unaccounted for at music's biggest night this year, skipping the ceremony for the first time in several years.


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