Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Grammy Awards


Samantha Shaw

The Grammy Awards is the most glamorous night in the music industry and never fails to be filled with amazing moments. Here are the top seven things that you need to remember about this year’s ceremony.


Viola Davis Earned EGOT Status

EGOT status is held by the very select people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Each is extremely prestigious, making it difficult to earn just one of these – but not for Viola Davis. She solidified her place as the 18th person to achieve EGOT status with her Grammy Award for her audiobook, “Finding Me,” which won the category of Best Audio Book, Narration and Storytelling Recording. During her acceptance speech, she said: “I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola. To honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And it has just been such a journey. I just EGOT!” 


Beyoncé Breaks the Record for Most Grammy Wins

This year, Beyoncé was nominated for nine Grammy awards and won four of them including Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Dance/Electronic Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Music Album. This final win earned her the title of most awarded Grammy winner of all time with 32 wins. The show came to an emotional halt as announcer James Corden smiled ear to ear while delivering the extraordinary news. He opened the envelope, took a breath and said “Well, this is an honor because we are witnessing history tonight.”


Harry Styles Wins Best Pop Vocal Album

Harry Styles’ first win of the night was incredibly special for more than one reason. Not only did Styles win the biggest award of the night, but the announcement was made in one of the best ways possible. Reina, a 78-year-old grandmother from Ontario, is a Harry-Styles-superfan and was a part of the pre-recorded round table discussion where she shared why Styles deserved to win. She stood beside the other artists’ respective super fans during the ceremony and was given the honor of announcing the Album of the Year winner. Both Reina and Styles were ecstatic as he accepted his award. Styles connected with Reina by talking to her after his acceptance speech and sending her a basket full of merchandise.


Taylor Swift Makes History with Best Music Video Win

Taylor Swift has accumulated 12 Grammy Awards over her 16 years in the music industry. 

To add to her success, Swift made history this year by winning the Grammy Award for Best Music Video with “All Too Well: The Short Film.” She became the first artist in history to win the category and hold the sole directing credit for their video. Swift wrote, directed and starred in her film alongside Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien which was paired with the release of her song “All Too Well (10-Minute Version).” 


Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson Earn The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award 

Sisters and bandmates Ann and Nancy Wilson started their band, Heart, in 1967 (officially named in 1973) and 56 years later, their immense contribution to the music industry was recognized at the 2023 Grammy Awards. To commemorate the efforts, Ann and Nancy were presented with The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. These women made their mark by paving the way for female rock artists and creating a unique sound that fit their style. 


Lizzo Wins Record of the Year

Lizzo winning Record of the Year marked the first time since Whitney Houston’s win for “I Will Always Love You” back in 1994 that a Black woman has won this category. During her acceptance speech, Lizzo dedicated her award to Prince and his influence on her music. She expressed how her goal was to create upbeat music to make people happy and to make them feel good about every part of themselves. She also took a moment to mention Beyoncé for inspiring her to perform.


Maverick City Music Tied Beyoncé For Most Wins of the Night

While many eyes were on Beyoncé during the Grammy Awards, she wasn’t the only one to take home four trophies. Maverick City Music, a Christian Rock choir known for its powerful worship music, also won four awards for their contribution to the Gospel genre. They won Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Their focus is to bring positivity to these dark times by leaning on their faith to create deep and meaningful music. 


There is a lot to remember and celebrate about this incredible night as we look back at the massive impacts these artists are making. We are inspired by the power and soul found in music and cherish the marvel that is found within creativity.