GRAMMYs 2023: The Big Winners (and the Shutouts)

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A Grammy Award is one of the highest accolades that can be given to a musician, so it’s always exciting to see who will receive the honor at each year’s awards ceremony. Each year includes several expected big winners, as well as some artists who were unexpectedly passed over for awards. Here are some of the biggest winners and a few of the most surprising snubs from this year’s Grammy Awards.

Winner: Beyoncé

It’s no surprise that, as always, Beyoncé won big at the Grammy Awards this year. In fact, with the four Grammys awarded to her for her album Renaissance and the tracks on it, Beyoncé has officially become the most-awarded artist in Grammy history, surpassing Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti with her now 32 Grammys. This, combined with Beyoncé now being tied with her husband Jay-Z for most Grammy nominations for any artist, officially crowns her the most successful artist to ever have appeared in the Grammy Awards.

Shutout: Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is another artist that has historically always been a big name at the Grammy Awards, but this year she wasn’t awarded anything. Keys released her ninth studio album and first Christmas album, Santa Baby, in November of 2022, and she released several singles including “City of Gods” with Fivio Foreign and Kanye West, but neither of these even scored her a nomination for this year’s Grammy Awards.

​​Winner: Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was one of the biggest winners of the evening, taking home three Grammy awards for his album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. For the album, Kendrick won Best Rap Album, and for the non-album single “The Heart Part 5,” Kendrick won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

Shutout: DJ Khaled

Rapper and producer DJ Khaled was nominated for six different Grammy awards this year and surprisingly didn’t win a single one. Khaled’s 2022 album God Did was loved by both critics and fans, but his nominations in several rap categories were edged out by Kendrick Lamar and Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. Khaled was, however, invited to perform the title track from God Did as the final performance of the awards show.

Winner: Samara Joy

One first-time winner at the Grammys this year was New York jazz singer Samara Joy, who won the Best New Artist award. Joy, who released her debut album in 2021, also won an award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 2022 album Linger Awhile. Joy performed her song “Can’t Get Out of This Mood” during the awards ceremony.

Shutout: Mary J. Blige

Another artist who was nominated for a Grammy in several categories but surprisingly didn’t win any of them is Mary J. Blige, the “Queen of R&B.” Blige received widespread critical acclaim this year for her album Good Morning Gorgeous, which was nominated for both Best R&B Album and Album of the Year. Blige performed the title track from the album during the Grammy Awards ceremony.

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