Grammys kick off 2023 Award Season


Isabella Lee, Staff writer

It is known without a doubt that awards ceremonies are part of the backbone of American entertainment. The main event with entertainment comes in the form of the big four, the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys. It is coveted to win one and even more so to win all four for EGOT status. On Feb. 5, the Grammys took place at Arena in Los Angeles. Many records and massive achievements came to fruition at this year’s Grammys. The Big Four awards were won by Harry Styles (Album of the Year for “Harry’s House”), Samara Joy (Best New Artist), Lizzo (Record of the Year for “About Damn Time”), and Bonnie Raitt (Song of the Year for “Just Like That”). Beyoncé, who entered the awards with nine nominations, left with four wins, making her the most decorated Grammy winner of all time with 32 wins. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the dawn of hip-hop, with a performance featuring Run-DMC, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Salt-N-Pepa, Flavor Flav, Queen Latifah, Outkast’s Big Boi and Missy Elliott, among others. Sam Smith and Kim Petras won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit “Unholy,” making Petras the first transgender woman to win a Grammy. Viola Davis won a Grammy for Best Audiobook, Narration, and Storytelling Recording, becoming the third Black woman and the 18th person to achieve EGOT status. This year, five new awards were given out. The first, Best Alternative Music Performance, was won by Wet Leg for “Chaise Longue.” Additionally, Best Americana Performance was won by Bonnie Raitt for “Made Up Mind,” Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media was won by “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok,” Best Spoken Word Poetry Album was won by J. Ivy for “The Poet Who Sat by the Door” and Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical was won by Tobias Jesso Jr. Of course, the awards ceremony, much less the Grammys, would only be complete with the extravagant outfits we are all entertained with. Smith and Petras, joined by an entourage, entered the red carpet in all red ensembles. Taylor Swift dazzled on the carpet in a sparkly blue crop top and skirt ensemble. Kacey Musgraves joined in the festivities wearing a light pink jumpsuit and a furry overcoat. Harry Styles wore an overall-like jumpsuit that looked like it was quilted. Overall, there were some very bold outfit choices made this year. This year, there were a lot of surprise wins. Bonnie Raitt, who has been in the music industry since 1971, was just as shocked as social media was when she won Song of the Year. Everyone thought Beyoncé would win Album of the Year, but it went to Harry Styles instead. The next of the coveted awards ceremonies will be the Oscars, slated for March 12. We can not wait to see what happens then!