2023 Grammy Awards results spark controversy



Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on Feb. 5, and naturally, there was some controversy regarding who received what awards. To begin, Harry Styles was awarded with Album of the Year (AOTY)–the largest caption of the Grammys.

Styles was nominated alongside artists including ABBA, Adele, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé. Music fans were especially upset about Beyoncé’s AOTY loss. Although she is the most decorated artist in Grammy history, she has yet to win an AOTY despite her four nominations.

In a recording of Styles’ acceptance speech, you can even hear members of the audience booing him, yelling that it should have been Beyoncé.

People were also shocked about the fact that blues legend Bonnie Raitt won the award for Song of the Year. Her winning track “Just Like That” was pitted against a plethora of viral pop songs by mainstream artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele, GAYLE, DJ Khaled, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Harry Styles.

However, those that backed up her win claimed that her song was the only track on the list that contained true, unfiltered songwriting. In fact, Time Magazine wrote an article over why Bonnie Raitt’s win was completely justified.

“Song of the Year is supposed to be a songwriter’s award,” reporter Andrew R. Chow said. “’Just Like That’ was the only song on the ballot to only list one songwriter.”

To view the full list of both the nominees and winners of the 2023 Grammy Awards Ceremony, click HERE.