2023 Grammy Awards live blog: Harry Styles ends night of wild surprises by winning Album of the Year

The Grammy Awards were presented on Sunday, February 5, during a live ceremony broadcast from the Crypto.com Arena starting at 8:00pm Eastern/5:00pm Pacific. It was hosted for the third year in a row by comedian Trevor Noah. Check out the complete list of Grammy winners here.

These awards honor the best music released during the eligibility period of October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022. Beyonce came in with the most nominations (nine), including Album of the Year (“Renaissance”) and Record and Song of the Year (“Break My Soul”). She was followed closely by Kendrick Lamar with eight, including his own Album of the Year bid for “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.” With seven nominations apiece — and both contenders for Album of the Year — were Adele (“30”) and Brandi Carlile (“In These Silent Days”). The remaining six nominees for Album of the Year were Harry Styles (“Harry’s House“), Mary J. Blige (“Good Morning Gorgeous”), Coldplay (“Music of the Spheres”), ABBA (“Voyage”), Lizzo (“Special”), and Bad Bunny (“Un Verano Sin Ti”).

But most of the awards were actually handed out earlier today at the Premiere Ceremony, where, perhaps surprisingly, Maverick City Music were the big winners, sweeping their gospel/Christian categories for a grand total of four victories. Brandi Carlile also got on the board with three wins. Beyonce claimed two, bringing her career grand total of awards to 30, one away from the record held by late conductor Georg Solti. Bonnie Raitt, Kendrick Lamar, Ozzy Osbourne, and Wet Leg also took home multiple prizes.

So who were the big winners and who gave the most show-stopping performances of the rest of the night? Follow along below for all the minute-by-minute developments. Times listed are Eastern.

7:55pm — The show is just a few minutes away, and I’m looking forward to the show, though last year’s slate of performances is going to be tough to beat. Having Brandi Carlile on tap doesn’t hurt, though.

8:00pm — Trevor Noah introduces the show: for the first time in three years, the show is live from Los Angeles because this time we didn’t have a damn COVID wave to deal with. I did like the more intimate Grammys events, though. I’d hoped we could keep some of the changes that came about because of the pandemic.

8:03pm — Bad Bunny’s performance of “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa,” from the lighting to the red curtains on the stage, is giving me big “Moulin Rouge” energy. Emphasis on energy. With dynamite horns and percussion, this is making me proud to be Puerto Rican. Way to start the show!

8:07pm — I’m living for the look on Lizzo’s face when Trevor Noah talked about Beyonce being in the house. She’s like, “Where’s Beyonce?” I love that kind of unabashed fangirl energy.

8:10pm — These Trevor Noah jokes aren’t bad, but he’s running through his routine like he’s been mainlining caffeine. Take a breath, my dude, you’re doing great.

8:14pm — Love that Brandi Carlile is rocking out with “Broken Horses.” The power of her voice and her versatility from pop to rock to Americana make her performances consistent highlights at the Grammys. Please nominate her every year. Hell, invite her back to perform even if she isn’t nominated.

8:18pmBest Pop Vocal Album: Harry Styles achieves an upset for “Harry’s House.” He won this award over Adele’s “30,” which means Adele is now zero-for-three at these awards. To put that in perspective, before this she hadn’t lost a single award in more than a decade. It’s not looking great so far for Adele to win Album of the Year ago, which could be good news for Styles, or maybe good news for Beyonce. Styles has now won twice in his career. He previously won Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar,” which was also an upset a couple of years ago.

8:25pm — The next segment brings together everyday music fans to explain who they’re rooting for to win Album of the Year. From a senior account executive explaining the importance of Bad Bunny’s inclusivity to a grandmother enamored of Harry Styles. I love the idea of showcasing the Album of the Year nominees throughout the show, but not sure this is the idea way to go about it.

8:31pmBest R&B Song: Beyonce wins for “Cuff It,” overtaking Mary J. Blige (who’s nominated for Record of the Year) and Muni Long (who beat her for Best R&B Performance), tying her with Georg Solti as the most awarded artist in Grammy history. The night is going well for Beyonce, who is looking good to break the record. She’s still got several categories to go.

8:40pmBest Country Album: As expected, the veteran prevails. Willie Nelson is the winner for “A Beautiful Time” overtaking younger stars Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, and Ashley McBryde. He also won Best Country Solo Performance at the Premiere Ceremony for “Live Forever,” and he has won 12 times in his career.

8:45pm — Paying tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy, MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, Stevie Wonder performs “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” followed by fellow MusiCares Person of the Year Smokey Robinson doing “Tears of a Clown” and then Chris Stapleton sings the hell out of “Higher Ground” with Wonder. A trio of GOATs. That’ll get your blood pumping. Electrifying.

8:54pmBest Pop Duo/Group Performance: Sam Smith and Kim Petras overtake legends ABBA to take this award for their scandalous duet “Unholy.” Once again, the biggest hit prevails. Petras makes history as the first transgender winner of the award. Smith is nonbinary, so this queer representation (almost) makes up for giving Dave Chapelle Best Comedy Album for “The Closer.” This is Smith’s fifth Grammy. Interestingly, it’s also the first nomination Smith has received since they broke out with their debut album “In the Lonely Hour.” They’ve been snubbed for all their music in-between.

9:04pm — Lizzo turning up the volume with her gospel-infused performance of “About the Time” and “Special.” I’m glad she gave a performance that highlighted her vocal prowess. “She’s like if dopamine was a person,” says Trevor Noah. He’s not wrong. I love how she prioritizes making other people feel good.

9:09pmBest Musica Urbana Album: This was probably the easiest category to predict on a night of tough calls. It was the biggest album of the year in any language, and it’s the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for Album of the Year. He already won Grammys twice before. This was more or less a slam dunk.

9:18pm — Beyonce has arrived at the ceremony after getting stuck in traffic. Trevor Noah hands her her record-tying 31st trophy. It’s a little awkward how he keeps calling out her historic accomplishments. This is the organization that keeps denying her wins in the top categories. Maybe if she wins Album of the Year then we can talk.

9:20pm — Harry Styles got tripped up on the turntable during his performance of “As It Was,” but I’m loving the sparkly metallic fringe of his costume. He looks like if a mirror ball were a Muppet, and I mean that as a compliment. I want that outfit.

9:28pmBest Rap Album: Another category that was pretty easy to predict. Kendrick Lamar prevails for “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.” Lamar won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “The Heart Part 5” earlier today, and he has now won Best Rap Album for three studio albums in a row. This brings his career total to 17 Grammys.

9:35pm — The In Memoriam segment featuring Kacey Musgraves’s spare and sweet “Coal Miner’s Daughter” rendition, Quavo and Maverick City Music’s soaring collaboration on “Without You” and “See You Again,” and Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Mick Fleetwood’s soulful “Songbird” team-up is an object lesson in how to pay tribute to deceased artists. It’s just a shame we lost so very many of them this past year.

9:51pm — More everyday fans talk up the Album of the Year nominees. Talking about Brandi Carlile’s value to the queer community and the way Lizzo promotes body acceptance is meaningful. Bragging about TikTok virality and Adele sliding into your DMs, not so much.

9:54pm — Madonna feels like the right choice to introduce Sam Smith and Kim Petras’s “Unholy” given her advocacy for the queer community over the course of her career. Sam Smith in kinky boots, whips, devil horns, fire, and brimstone. Naughty as hell — literally. I’m here for it.

10:03pmBest Dance/Electronic Album: James Corden jokes that he’s the first person you’d think of to present this award. Indeed, he’s an odd choice. The award goes to Beyonce after much preamble about Corden being honored to present the historic award. Trevor Noah also talks up the history we all just witnessed and how Beyonce is the undisputed GOAT. Okay, we get it. If y’all don’t give her Album of the Year now, you’re gonna look really bad.

10:11pm — Mary J. Blige performs “Good Morning Gorgeous,” and you can always count on her to sing with her emotions on her sleeve. A powerful, emotionally raw voice.

10:19pmDr. Dre announced as the inaugural winner of the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. Would be awkward if the Dr. Dre Award went to someone else.

10:31pm — This tribute to hip-hop is so much better than I expected. I thought having so many artists involved might end up serving nobody particularly well, but everyone is getting an outstanding showcase, and the survey of hip-hop through the years is a bona fide education.

10:44pmBest Pop Solo Performance: Things were looking dicey for Adele for a while there. She was zero-for-three, and now she prevails for “Easy on Me”! That extends her record for the most wins in the category (four), and it brings her career total to 16 Grammys. What this means for the general field remains to be seen. If you’d told me at the start of the night that Adele and Harry Styles would split Best Pop Solo and Best Pop Album, I’d have expected it to be the other way around. “Easy on Me” is the front-runner for Record and Song of the Year. She’s certainly still on track for that.

10:53pm — Still got a half hour to go. I’ll admit, the show is starting to feel long. After the Premiere Ceremony and telecast, I’m gonna end up having strange dreams about gramophones. Luke Combs sounds damn good on “Going Going Gone,” though.

11:03pm — When I think of songwriting, I think, of course, of First Lady Jill Biden. But before presenting Song of the Year, she’s announcing the blue ribbon-voted Best Song for Social Change award, which I sure wish got more of a showcase than it did. Pretty perfunctory if I’m being honest.

11:06pmSong of the Year: Well this is weird. The Grammy goes to Bonnie Raitt for “Just Like That.” Not weird because it’s undeserved. It’s a remarkable piece of songwriting. But it’s weird because who on Earth saw this coming? It was Raitt’s only nomination in the general field and her first ever nomination for Song of the Year. This has gotta be the biggest upset of the night so far, but damn if I’m not happy for Bonnie Raitt, one of my favorite artists of all time. She has now won three Grammys tonight and 13 Grammys in her career.

11:13pmRecord of the Year: We can’t get a repeat of Song of the Year since Bonnie Raitt isn’t nominated here. Instead, the winner is … Lizzo for “About Damn Time”?! Again, not undeserved, but where did that come from? She just lost Best Pop Solo Performance to Adele, and she just lost Song of the Year to Bonnie freakin’ Raitt. Go home, Grammy predictions, you’re drunk. But Lizzo’s acceptance speech is a joyous moment that’s worth ripping up my score sheet for. Her tribute to Beyonce was downright heartwarming.

11:21pm — Okay, let’s wrap this up, Grammys. Fans dishing Album of the Year is starting to feel like filler. And honestly, talking up Coldplay for “Music of the Spheres” is a exercise in futility. Though watch them win Album of the Year now after all these many, many upsets we’ve seen.

11:29pm — Nice, lowkey performance of “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy. But let’s get to the rest of these damn awards already!

11:31pmBest New Artist: Honestly, this category was so wide open that no one would have been an upset, but even still Samara Joy is kind of a wild pick. Wild in a good way, though. If you saw her performance during the Premiere Ceremony, you know she deserves this award. She follows Esperanza Spalding as the rare jazz artist to win here. Honestly, keep the chaos coming, Grammys!

11:39pmAlbum of the Year: I was ready for literally anyone to win this damn award, but it went to Harry Styles for “Harry’s House.” So basically, NOT Beyonce. After all that build-up, they still haven’t given her anything in the general field except one award in 2010. I appreciate the chaos, but it does feel like an anticlimax after the way the night was developing with those wild surprises.

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