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Benjamin Lee

Grammy nominations 2023: Beyoncé leads race with nine

Beyoncé has won 28 Grammys in her career.
Beyoncé has won 28 Grammys in her career. Photograph: Carlijn Jacobs Silver

Beyoncé leads the 2023 Grammy race with nine nominations.

The singer’s haul of latest nods makes her the most nominated artist ever, tying with husband Jay-Z, both scoring 88 nominations throughout their careers.

Her genre-spanning album Renaissance is up for album of the year while hit song Break My Soul is up for both song and record of the year. Beyoncé picked up further nods in both dance/electronica and R&B categories.

Beyoncé has won 28 Grammys, and if she wins more next year, she could potentially beat conductor Georg Solti’s record of 31 wins. She is currently tied with Quincy Jones in second place.

The singer was followed by Kendrick Lamar, who scored eight nominations. He will face off against Beyoncé in album, song and record of the year categories. His competition in the rap section includes DJ Khaled and Future.

Record of the year includes competition from Abba, Brandi Carlile, Steve Lacy, Harry Styles, Lizzo, Doja Cat, Mary J Blige and Adele, who picked up seven nominations. Carlile tied her with seven.

Adele previously beat out Beyoncé for the 2017 album of the year Grammy and paid tribute to her in her acceptance speech. “I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humbled and very grateful and gracious but my life is Beyoncé, and the album to me, the Lemonade album, Beyoncé, was so monumental, and so well thought out,” Adele said on stage.

Harry Styles, DJ Khaled, Future, The-Dream, Randy Merrill and Mary J Blige received six each. It marks 16 years since Blige received nominations for record and album.

Harry Styles
Harry Styles, who received six nominations. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The best new artist category, which has previously seen winners including Olivia Rodrigo, Chance the Rapper and Billie Eilish, features Anitta, Domi & JD Beck, Latto, Måneskin, Molly Tuttle, Muni Long, Omar Apollo, Samara Joy, Tobe Nwigwe and Wet Leg.

Controversial comedians Dave Chappelle and Louis CK picked up separate nominations for best comedy album.

Nominated stars who are not typically associated with music include Amanda Gorman, Patton Oswalt, Mel Brooks and Viola Davis for the audiobook version of her memoir. If Davis were to win then she would become part of the “Egot club”, having already won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony.

This year’s awards include new categories such as songwriter of the year (non-classical), best alternative music performance and best Americana performance.

Last month, Nicki Minaj protested against her hit song Super Freaky Girl being moved from rap to pop categories. The song was ultimately snubbed by the recording academy with zero nominations. Other snubs included Ed Sheeran’s most recent album, Rosalía, Blackpink, Megan Thee Stallion, Elton John and Kanye West.

In October, Bruno Mars announced that Silk Sonic, the duo that consists of himself and Anderson .Paak, would be withdrawing their album from contention. At the 2022 ceremony, the pair won four awards for lead single Leave the Door Open. Mars said it would “be crazy to ask for anything more”.

Drake and The Weeknd have also withdrawn their albums for consideration.

The 65th Grammy awards will take place on 5 February.

2023 Grammy nominations: the major categories

Adele. Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Record of the year

ABBA - Don’t Shut Me Down
Adele - Easy on Me
Beyoncé - Break My Soul
Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius - You and Me on the Rock
Doja Cat - Woman
Harry Styles - As It Was
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 5
Lizzo - About Damn Time
Mary J Blige - Good Morning Gorgeous
Steve Lacy - Bad Habit

Album of the year

ABBA - Voyage
Adele - 30
Bad Bunny - Un Verano Sin Ti
Beyoncé - Renaissance
Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days
Coldplay - Music of the Spheres
Harry Styles - Harry’s House
Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
Lizzo - Special
Mary J Blige - Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)

Song of the year

Adele - Easy on Me
Beyoncé - Break My Soul
Bonnie Raitt - Just Like That
DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy - God Did
Harry Styles - As It Was
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 5
Lizzo - About Damn Time
Steve Lacy - Bad Habit
Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film)

Best new artist

Domi & JD Beck
Molly Tuttle
Muni Long
Omar Apollo
Samara Joy
Tobe Nwigwe
Wet Leg

Best pop solo performance

Adele - Easy on Me
Bad Bunny - Moscow Mule
Doja Cat - Woman
Harry Styles - As It Was
Lizzo - About Damn Time
Steve Lacy - Bad Habit

Best rock performance

Beck - Old Man
The Black Keys - Wild Child
Brandi Carlile - Broken Horses
Bryan Adams - So Happy It Hurts
Idles - Crawl!
Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck - Patient Number 9
Turnstile - Holiday

Best metal performance

Ghost - Call Me Little Sunshine
Megadeth - We’ll Be Back
Muse - Kill or Be Killed
Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi - Degradation Rules
Turnstile - Blackout

Best rap performance

DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy - God Did
Doja Cat - Vegas
Gunna & Future Featuring Young Thug - Pushin P
Hitkidd & Glorilla - FNF (Let’s Go)
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 5

Best R&B performance

Beyoncé - Virgo’s Groove
Jazmine Sullivan - Hurt Me So Good
Lucky Daye - Over
Mary J. Blige Featuring Anderson .Paak - Here With Me
Muni Long - Hrs & Hrs

Best country solo performance

Kelsea Ballerini - Heartfirst
Maren Morris - Circles Around This Town
Miranda Lambert - In His Arms
Willie Nelson - Live Forever
Zach Bryan - Something in the Orange

Best global music performance

Arooj Aftab & Anoushka Shankar - Udhero Na
Burna Boy - Last Last
Matt B & Eddy Kenzo - Gimme Love
Rocky Dawuni Featuring Blvk H3ro - Neva Bow Down
Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode - Bayethe

Best dance/electronic recording

Beyoncé - Break My Soul
Bonobo - Rosewood
David Guetta & Bebe Rexha - I’m Good (Blue)
Diplo & Miguel - Don’t Forget My Love
Kaytranada Featuring Her - Intimidated
Rüfüs Du Sol - On My Knees

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