Music’s biggest night came back to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, for its 65th annual ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 5. The night was jam-packed with star-studded performances, from Harry Styles to Mary J Blige.
Many of our favorite music artists were celebrated with the night’s biggest awards. One of the big winners of the night was Harry Styles, who took home the awards for both Best Pop Vocal Album and the coveted honor of Album of the Year for his chart-topping album “Harry’s House”, which features some of his biggest hits, including “As It Was” and “Music For a Sushi Restaurant.”
Styles also wowed the audience with a visually stunning and energetic performance of his hit song “As It Was.” Per usual, Styles donned a truly elaborate and flashy sequin fringe jumpsuit as he took to the stage.Harry Styles can always be counted on to push the boundaries of men’s fashion with his over-the-top, high-end wardrobe choices.
Another big winner of the night was Beyonce, who not only took home two Grammy awards (Best R&B Song for her single “Cuff It” and Best Dance & Electronic Album for her album “Renaissance”), but these two wins allowed her to reach legendary levels of success as she broke the record for the most Grammy Awards wins of all time. She’s known as Queen Bey for a reason!
There were some other famous faces who received high honors as well. R&B singer and TikTok superstar Lizzo won the award of Record of the Year for her viral hit “About Damn Time,” a song that took the nation by storm through a viral dance trend that overtook TikTok in the summer of 2022. Another chart-topping song that won Best Pop Solo Performance was Adele’s iconic ballad “Easy on Me.”
Many other famous faces were recognized, including Sam Smith’s sensual single “Unholy” and Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation Bad Bunny for his album titled “Un Verano Sin Ti.”
In addition to awards, there were many memorable musical performances throughout the night. The show opened with a thrilling dance party performance by Bad Bunny that got the crowd up and moving. Another performance that had the crowd hyped up and excited was Lizzo’s performance, in which she opened with a slower rendition of “About Damn Time” followed by the title song from her recent album “Special.” Other individual performers included hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, British pop sensation Sam Smith, queen of R&B Mary J Blige, country singer Luke Combs, and recently popular indie music star Steve Lacey.
On top of all these iconic performances, the highlight of the evening was a 10-minute tribute performance to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Hip-Hop as an American music genre. 2023 marks the fiftieth year since the creation of this historically culture-defining style of music, and the Grammy’s pulled out all the stops with their rousing and flashy performance featuring many of hip-hop and rap music’s biggest stars, as well as many up-and-coming artists. LL Cool J announced the tribute, which is fitting considering he is one of the biggest and most successful rappers in American music.
Another history-defining moment from this year’s ceremony was when the Grammys unveiled a brand-new award known as the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. This award, of which hip-hop legend Dr. Dre was the inaugural recipient, is an award that will be given each year going forward to an individual in the music industry who has achieved many great things and made many majorly impactful contributions to the industry over the course of their career.
In between all the energetic performances and the many gold trophies that were given out, host Trevor Noah filled time with a series of comedic jabs and witty jokes, some fun, and others questionable.
Overall, this was an energetic and fun night celebrating the art of music and the iconic musicians and artists who have achieved the highest levels of success through their contributions and musical creations through this truly powerful art form.