2023 Grammy Predictions

Story posted December 6, 2022 in Arts & Entertainment by Sophia D’Ovidio.

The 2023 Grammy nominations have been announced and now with the shock and surprise of what received a nod by the academy Sophia D’Ovidio breaks down the big four categories on her thoughts of who she thinks should, could and ultimately will take home a trophy this coming February.

Record of the Year

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

It’s important to note that record of the year refers to the producers, artists and engineers involved in the song. Song of the year awards the songwriter(s) of the song.

While Harry Styles dominated the year with his hit “As It Was” it does feel like this award is Lizzos to lose.
“About Damn Time” had a similar level of popularity as “As It Was” and the song manages to be a great pop record with a retro feel that will likely turn a lot of voters' heads.

That being said, it’s hard to look at any Grammy nominations with Adele or Beyoncé on it and not consider them in the running.

Album of the Year

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

Now this category is somewhat scary, because if the recording academy decides to snub Beyoncé for another fantastic album there are going to be riots in the streets.

While Beyoncé has won the most Grammys of all time, the artist has only received one award in an overall category out of her 28 wins.

“Renaissance” makes an argument to be considered Beyoncé’s best album and it is truly a piece of art.
That being said Beyoncé isn’t the only artist on this list who has been wronged by the Grammys in the past, and the academy may try and right these wrongs by awarding Kendrick Lamar, despite this great album not being the rappers best project.

Again, the Grammys love Adele and Bad Bunny is one of the hottest artists around right now, it isn’t really easy to count them out compared to the other nominees.

Song of the Year

Adele - Easy on Me (will win)
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 (could win)
Lizzo - About Damn Time
Steve Lacy - Bad Habit
Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (could win and should win)

So considering this trophy should go to the best written song (ignore that ABCDEFU is even on this list) nominated, it feels like Taylor Swift should have an easy win with this award.

There is definitely an argument to be made that considering the 10 minute version of “All Too Well” is an already released song from 2012 that has an additional verse, elongated bridge and an outro.

Whether it’s fair or not to give Swift and her re-recordings awards can be debated but these releases have been ruled eligible by the recording academy.

Due to this position the Grammys have put themselves in it feels like Adele will take home this trophy. However, Swift and Lamar's “The Heart Part 5” will give Adele a run for her money.

While Swift’s songwriting on “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” is some of the best in the lyricists discography “Easy On Me” losing will be a shock.

Best New Artist

Domi & JD Beck
Latto (will win)
Måneskin (could win)
Molly Tuttle
Muni Long
Omar Apollo (should win and could win)
Samara Joy
Tobe Nwigwe
Wet Leg (should win)

This category was much more interesting last year, even though it had an obvious winner.
With Latto’s commercial success it’s hard to argue any of the other nominees as true competition.

Wet Leg and Omar Apollo have been some of the more interesting new artists on the scene recently but Måneskin is a much more likely competitor for Latto due to their prominence in mainstream music.
Especially considering Latto featured Mariah Carey on her biggest hit, it's likely that she is the most notable name in the category.

Latto will win this award and is definitely deserving, and it does seem that the infamous “best new artist curse” is a thing of the past anyways.

Sophia D’Ovidio is a second-year majoring in digital and print journalism. To contact her, email sgd5184@psu.edu.