The best moments from the 2023 Grammys, from Beyoncé’s GOAT status to Wet Leg’s giddy wins

This year’s award show brought stunning performances and a whole lot of history made

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The Grammys are over for another year, taking with them more incredible performances, history-making moments and well-deserved wins for an eclectic range of artists. This year saw some huge records broken and victories that reflected the progress we’re making in the outside world, as well as some fun, sweet events. Here are some of the best moments from the 2023 Grammys.

Wet Leg won two awards in typically Wet Leg fashion 

Probably the fastest-rising indie band of the last few years, Wet Leg showed just how far they’ve come by winning not one, but two Grammys. Since bursting onto the scene with ‘Chaise Longue’, the Isle Of Wight duo have become known as a band who always seem to be having fun, giggling their way through monumental career milestones, interviews and more. The Grammys was no different. “This is so funny,” Rhian Teasdale said as they collected Best Alternative Music Performance. “What are we doing here? I dunno!”

That mood only got sillier as they were called up again moments later as the winners of Best Alternative Album, with Rhian and Hester Chambers laughing in the background as drummer Henry Holmes took over acceptance duties. Among all the seriousness and emotion of the night, it was refreshing to see some giddiness in the mix.

Viola Davis became an EGOT 

There are only 18 people in the world who have achieved the biggest feat in entertainment – winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Now, Viola Davis is part of that elite circle. The actor completed her set with a win for Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling for her autobiography Finding Me.

“I just EGOT!” she exclaimed to the crowd during the premiere ceremony and, later, received a standing ovation as she presented an award during the main ceremony. As she should.

Beyoncé cemented her place as a Grammys GOAT 

 

Going into the night, Beyoncé was up for a whopping nine awards, including three of the big four. While she didn’t win any of those latter group, she did still collect four shiny new trophies – which helped her sail ahead to breaking another record in her illustrious career. Now, Bey is the artist with the most Grammy wins of all time with 32, beating classical musician Georg Solti’s previous record of 31. With her career far from over, too, it’s thrilling to imagine just how many more awards she could rack up in the years to come. No wonder Lizzo called her “the artist of our lives”.

Harry Styles accepted his Album Of The Year award from a fan and it was hugely endearing 

 

Throughout the ceremony, the Recording Academy enlisted the help of super fans of the artists up for Album Of The Year to argue the case for their favourite star. Harry Styles was represented by an elderly lady, who told Trevor Noah she’d give him all the awards on offer tonight if she could. That might have been unrealistic but, when Styles was announced as AOTY king, she was given the chance to hand over the trophy to him herself. What followed was one of the most endearing moments of the night, the pop star taking the time to thank her and celebrate with her, before giving his speech.

Hip-hop was celebrated in one of the best Grammys moments in recent memory 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop and the monumental moment was celebrated in style with one of the best Grammys performances in recent memory. Numerous icons from across the genre came together to chart its history up until the modern day, including the likes of LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Run DMC, Nelly, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt N Pepa, Lil Baby and GloRilla. With so much star power on one stage, the performance was never going to miss, but its brilliance was a fitting tribute to a culture that has changed the world and become a global force to be reckoned with.

Kim Petras and Sam Smith continued ‘Unholy’’s domination 

 

In 2022, one song was almost inescapable, whether you were scrolling through TikTok or out and about on a weekend. ‘Unholy’ continued its domination at the 2023 Grammy, with Kim Petras and Sam Smith beating out some tough competition to collect the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. In doing so, Petras became the first transgender woman to win the award – a moment she and Smith celebrated fittingly later on with a fiery version of the song introduced by Madonna.

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Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and more close 2023 Grammys with ‘God Did’

Rick Ross, John Legend and Fridayy also joined the performance

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Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and more closed out the 2023 Grammys last night (February 6) with a stunning performance of ‘God Did’.

The annual awards show took place at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena and celebrated the best in music of the last 12 months.

After a night of top performances and history-making wins, the star-studded group – which also included Rick Ross, John Legend and Fridayy – took to a makeshift stage in the street outside to wrap things up in style. Performing from a long dining table covered in food and candles, the set appeared to take inspiration from The Last Supper.

“We did an eight-minute song on the Grammys,” Khaled told the cameras as the lengthy song came to a close. Watch footage of the moment below.

Elsewhere at the 2023 Grammys, Beyoncé made history by becoming the most decorated artist at the ceremony. The star surpassed classical musician Georg Solti’s record of 31 Grammys tonight. Lizzo also declared Beyoncé “the artist of our lives” as she won Record Of The Year.

Bad Bunny opened the show with a vibrant performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, while Migos’ Quavo honoured his late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the In Memoriam segment. A star-studded celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary also took place, featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and more.

An Iranian singer-songwriter took home the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Award, which seeks to honour songs that respond to current issues and hold the potential for positive global impact.

Earlier tonight, Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her Grammy win, while Kim Petras paid tribute to SOPHIE as she became the first trans woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Harry Styles also took home several trophies, including Album Of The Year.

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Grammys 2023 Celebrate 50 Years of Hip-Hop with Instant Classic Star-Studded Medley: Watch

The Grammys always call themselves Music’s Biggest Night. Tonight, it felt true.

Grammys 2023 Celebrate 50 Years of Hip-Hop with Instant Classic Star-Studded Medley: Watch
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The Grammys hosted a star-studded medley by which all future award show extravaganzas will be measured, featuring literally dozens of music legends during an epic celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The bonkers performance has been decades in the making, dating back to the genre’s beginnings at DJ Kool…

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Watch the Grammys’ star-studded celebration of 50 years of hip-hop

The show-stopping performance featured some of the genre’s most iconic artists

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The Grammys held a star-studded celebration of hip-hop tonight (February 5) in honour of the 50th anniversary of the genre.

The moment was preceded by Dr. Dre being recognised with the Global Impact Award, which has now been renamed the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award.

“I’m extremely moved by this award,” Dre said. “I want to say thank you to the Recording Academy and the Black Music Collective for this honour. I know everybody in here probably knows this already, but this is the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Where would I be without out? Where would a lot of people be without hip-hop?

“Hip-hop became a lifeline for me growing up as a teenager in Compton and it started with a song called ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel’. Scratching and mixing on the turntables had me hooked and became the entry point to a 40-year career of doing something that I really love.”

After Dre collected the award, Questlove and The Roots took to the stage, bringing with them some of the biggest stars of hip-hop. The performance featured snippets of numerous iconic songs, from the genre’s early days to now.

Among the performances were Run DMC’s ‘King Of Rock’, LL Cool J’s ‘Rock The Bells’, Queen Latifah’s ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’ and Missy Elliott’s ‘Lose Control’. Representing modern-day hip-hop, Lil Baby delivered a clip of ‘Freestyle’, while GloRilla helped bring things to a wrap with ‘F.N.F. (Let’s Go)’.

Elsewhere at the 2023 Grammys, Beyoncé has made history by becoming the most decorated artist at the ceremony. The star surpassed classical musician Georg Solti’s record of 31 Grammys tonight – and could still win more before the show is over.

Bad Bunny opened the show with a vibrant performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, while Migos’ Quavo honoured his late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the In Memoriam segment.

Earlier tonight, Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her Grammy win, while Kim Petras paid tribute to SOPHIE as she became the first trans woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Find out how to watch the ceremony here and keep checking back to NME.com for all the action as it happens.

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Watch Migos’ Quavo honour Takeoff during Grammys In Memoriam segment

Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt also performed in the sombre section

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MigosQuavo honoured his late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the 2023 Grammys In Memoriam segment.

This year, the sombre section of the awards show was split into three parts, with Quavo leading the middle third.

Joined by a choir, the rapper performed ‘Without You’, the track he had written in released in tribute to Takeoff shortly after his death last year. To Quavo’s left sat an empty stool and mic stand adorned with a big chain necklace.

At the end of the performance, Quavo stood up and held up the chain towards the crowd. Watch the moment below.

Takeoff was shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas in November 2022. One man has been arrested and charged with the rapper’s murder; he has denied the charges.

Kacey Musgraves opened the In Memoriam segment, honouring Loretta Lynn. The star performed with an acoustic guitar emblazoned with Lynn’s name on the fretboard.

Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Fleetwood closed out the moment with a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’ in tribute to Christine McVie. Fleetwood played percussion while Crow played piano and swapped vocals with Raitt.

The 2023 Grammys are currently taking place in Los Angeles. Going into the event, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Adele and Harry Styles led the nominations.

Performances will come from Styles, Mary J. Blige, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, Stevie Wonder, and more. A special performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop will also be held, featuring LL Cool J, Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Missy Elliott, and many others. Bad Bunny opened the show with a vibrant performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’.

Earlier tonight, Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her Grammy win, while Kim Petras paid tribute to SOPHIE as she became the first trans woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Find out how to watch the ceremony here and keep checking back to NME.com for all the action as it happens.

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Watch the first teaser for ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ remake starring Jack Harlow

The film will stream on Hulu in the US (and Disney+ internationally) starting May 19

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20th Century Studios have released a “first look” teaser for the upcoming remake of White Men Can’t Jump, which will mark Jack Harlow‘s acting debut.

Harlow stars in the film as Jeremy, alongside Sinqua Walls (American Soul, The Breaks) playing the role of Kamal. Their characters emulate the roles of Sidney and Billy from the original White Men Can’t Jump from 1992 – as portrayed by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, respectively.

The new teaser makes it clear that Fox’s upcoming remake will stay true to the original’s plot, following Jeremy and Kamal as avid basketballers that downplay their skills in street matches to hustle unsuspecting punters out of their betting money. Directed by Charles Kidd II (aka Calmatic) and written by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, the film will stream on Hulu in the US (and Disney+ internationally) starting May 19.

Watch the teaser below:

Harlow’s casting in the film was announced last March, when it was reported he’d been offered the role after his first-ever screen audition. Harlow is an avid basketball superfan, and he was a star player in last year’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. When Harlow went to Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics game last May, however, a moment between two referees unaware of his celebrity status went viral.

In a recent interview with NME, Rosie Perez – who starred as Gloria Clemente in the original White Men Can’t Jump – said she had high hopes for the upcoming remake. “I hope they get the chemistry back, the same chemistry [Harrelson, Snipes and I] had,” she said.

“We’ve remained friends throughout the years – not ‘Hollywood friends’, but real friends who call each other and say: ‘Let’s hang out’. The secret was in the casting, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had on a set and it’s undeniable that, 30 years later, that chemistry is still palpable.”

Harlow, meanwhile is currently gearing up to perform a two-night residency at the Zouk Nightclub in Las Vegas. The rapper also recently earned six nominations at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.

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Jay-Z will perform at this year’s Grammys in star-studded rendition of ‘God Did’

The track is up for ‘song of the year’ at this year’s Grammys

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Jay-Z is set to perform at this year’s Grammys as part of a star-studded rendition of ‘God Did‘.

As first reported in Variety, Jay-Z will perform ‘God Did’ with DJ Khaled at the awards. The track is up for three nods on the night, including song of the year.

Reportedly joining them on stage will be guest artists Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and John Legend who all make guest appearances of the song.

In a three-star review of the album ‘God Did’, NME called the record a “glitzy blockbuster of an album”.

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Meanwhile, FutureMissy ElliottGlorilla and more are set to perform during this week’s Grammy’s tribute to 50 years of hip-hop.

Earlier this week, Questlove revealed that he’s co-curated the tribute in a new announcement video released on January 31, teasing that he’d been working on the tribute with some of the “biggest names” in hip-hop.

The performance will honour the 50th anniversary of hip-hop’s beginnings and will see a range of acts perform from the genre, across “its past, its present, its future,” according to Questlove.

In the video, Questlove said: “I’m really really thrilled to announce that there’s gonna be a special segment on the Grammy telecast, this Sunday night, honouring hip-hop’s 50th.

“Can you believe 50? It’s going to be an absolutely amazing moment with some of the biggest names from the genre coming together to celebrate hip-hop history — its past, its present, its future.”

Questlove went on to say that hip-hop’s “impact on our culture and our world” is “immeasurable” and described it as a “driving force in the music, in the culture.” He continued: “I’ve had the great privilege of co-curating this thing with The Roots and many many others that are gonna join us that night. So, you gotta see it.”

Now, the names of those performing has been revealed and it’s set to include Big BoiBusta Rhymes, Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel, Scorpio, Ice-TLil BabyLil Wayne, the Lox, Method ManNellyPublic EnemyQueen Latifah, Rahiem, RakimRun-D.M.C.Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella, ScarfaceSwizz Beatz, and Too $hort.

LL Cool J will also introduce the event, perform, and give a dedication.

The 65th Grammy Awards will be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, with comedian Trevor Noah on hosting duties for the third time in a row. Nominations were announced in November, with the likes of BeyoncéKendrick Lamar and Adele leading the way.

You can find out how to watch the Grammys here.

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Doja Cat says wants to make a hardcore punk record one day

In a new interview, the musician also expressed her love for IDLES

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Doja Cat has revealed that she wants to make a hardcore punk record one day.

In a new interview with Variety, Doja explained that she wants to explore punk as a genre more in the hop to make an all-out hardcore punk album one day.

“This is the manic part. I wasn’t gonna tell you. But I’ll just tell you now, because not talking about it is making me annoyed: I want to explore punk,” she told the interviewer. “But not pop-punk. I feel like we have enough pop-punk artists right now. And if there needs to be more, then let there be more, but I don’t think I’m the one to do it.”

“I want to explore more of a raw, unfiltered, hardcore punk sort of thing. It’s just something that I’m doing for my own personal fun — getting some drummers and guitarists together. And I don’t even know if that’s gonna make it out there.”

Doja Cat performs live in 2022. CREDIT: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

The singer and rapper, who is nominated for five Grammys at this year’s awards on Sunday (February 5), also revealed to the interviewer that IDLES were her favourite band of last year.

The interviewer noted how during the photo shoot, she replaced the music “on the sound system with the British post-punk group Idles, [who] she plays on a loop for hours. They’re her favourite band of last year,” the interviewer explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Doja went on to say she thinks she is discredited as a rapper in the music industry. 

Reflecting on her love of ‘Vegas‘, the Grammy-nominated song (Best Rap Performance) from the Elvis biopic and how it allowed her to return more to rapping, Doja told Variety: “That was one of the greatest experiences because everyone knows ‘Hound Dog’ [the Elvis Presley song from which it interpolates].

“But I was able to give it my own spin. I went in and I was like, ‘Finally, I get to rap again.’ A lot of people discredit me, so it’s nice to just put another one in the fucking bucket for a great rap song.”

She added that she can’t blame casual hip-hop fans for regarding her as a dilettante. “I just got an award [from iHeartRadio] for a billion spins on the radio,” she told Variety, which is attributed to the popularity of her pop hits ‘Say So’, ‘Woman‘ and last year’s Grammy-winning ‘Kiss Me More‘.

“So with that alone, I’m constantly being shoved down people’s throats. I would be upset if I saw somebody who has kind of been fed to me as this pop-star girl with a fat ass making it to this level of rap icon, after I’ve only been watching them do disco shit and pop shit all the time,” she added.

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Listen to Glorilla’s fierce new track, ‘Internet Trolls’

The musician shared the track ahead of her appearance at The Grammys this weekend

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Glorilla has shared a new track today (February 3) called ‘Internet Trolls’ – check it out below.

The 23-year-old rapper, who’s from Memphis, Tennessee, features in this year’s NME 100 – a round-up of the essential emerging acts for 2023.

Her latest single follows on from her recent collaboration with Moneybagg Yo on single called ‘On Wat U On’.

Her latest new track is accompanied with a video directed by Troy Roscoe. Check it out here:

Praising Glorilla in the NME 100 2023, Kyann-Sian Williams wrote: “In just eight months, Glorilla has achieved more than your typical rising star: after breakthrough single ‘FNF’ established her as a shit-hot name in the US rap world, while follow-up ‘Tomorrow 2’ – a party anthem that saw her team up with her “cousin” and mentor Cardi B – stormed the US charts.

“The latter song has since gone on to earn the 23-year-old a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, proving that the love is undeniably vast for this southern hip-hop star.”

This weekend, Glorilla will perform at the Grammys, where she’ll take part in a celebration of 50 years of hip-hop alongside Missy Elliot, the Roots, Future, Lil Wayne and many more.

The performance will honour the 50th anniversary of hip-hop’s beginnings and will see a range of acts perform from the genre, across “its past, its present, its future,” according to Questlove.

Earlier this week, Questlove revealed that he’s co-curated the Grammys tribute to 50 years of hip-hop.

“I’m really really thrilled to announce that there’s gonna be a special segment on the Grammy telecast, this Sunday night, honouring hip-hop’s 50th,” Questlove said. “Can you believe 50? It’s going to be an absolutely amazing moment with some of the biggest names from the genre coming together to celebrate hip-hop history — its past, its present, its future.”

Questlove went on to say that hip-hop’s “impact on our culture and our world” is “immeasurable” and described it as a “driving force in the music, in the culture.” He continued: “I’ve had the great privilege of co-curating this thing with The Roots and many many others that are gonna join us that night. So, you gotta see it.”

Meanwhile, Glorilla is due to hit the road for a US headline tour on January 27 – see the full schedule and find any remaining tickets here.

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Doja Cat thinks she’s “discredited” as a rapper

The singer and rapper plans to return to spitting more bars on her next album

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Doja Cat has said people have “discredited” her as a rapper.

The singer and rapper, who is nominated for five Grammys at this year’s awards on Sunday (February 5), said in a new interview that she’s not surprised about such opinions, given the fact that her biggest hits lean more heavily on singing.

Reflecting on her love of ‘Vegas‘, the Grammy-nominated song (Best Rap Performance) from the Elvis biopic and how it allowed her to return more to rapping, Doja told Variety: “That was one of the greatest experiences because everyone knows ‘Hound Dog’ [the Elvis Presley song from which it interpolates].

“But I was able to give it my own spin. I went in and I was like, ‘Finally, I get to rap again.’ A lot of people discredit me, so it’s nice to just put another one in the fucking bucket for a great rap song.”

Doja Cat. CREDIT: Getty

She added that she can’t blame casual hip-hop fans for regarding her as a dilettante. “I just got an award [from iHeartRadio] for a billion spins on the radio,” she told Variety, which is attributed to the popularity of her pop hits ‘Say So’, ‘Woman‘ and last year’s Grammy-winning ‘Kiss Me More‘.

“So with that alone, I’m constantly being shoved down people’s throats. I would be upset if I saw somebody who has kind of been fed to me as this pop-star girl with a fat ass making it to this level of rap icon, after I’ve only been watching them do disco shit and pop shit all the time,” she said.

Doja expanded on what her fourth album, the follow-up to 2021’s ‘Planet Her‘ that’s promised this year, will be. She told Variety that the next album will up the ante in both R&B and rap, with songs that aren’t necessarily geared for the Top 40.

On touring, the rapper said, “I don’t know,” but added, “I do want to make sure that everything I’m doing right now in terms of recording is solidified before I make any decisions. The baby hasn’t been born yet.”

Meanwhile, in the same interview, Doja hit back at comparisons that people have made of her to Britney Spears after Doja recently shaved her head.

The rapper said that the comparisons to Spears were harmful in light of what Spears was going through at the time.

In 2007, Spears shaved her head in a highly-publicised moment that was captured by photographers following the musician. A year later, she was admitted to hospital under a temporary psychiatric assessment ruling and placed under a controversial conservatorship that saw her father take control of all her personal affairs and finances.

“It’s so incredibly disrespectful for people to be minimising what Britney went through and make a joke out of something that was very serious and a big deal in her life,” Doja said.

“Every time I see a comment like that, I can’t compute what’s happening, other than it’s just an awful thing.”

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