The 2023 Grammy Nominations are upon us, and fans are already on Twitter in full discourse over this year’s biggest snubs. It’s not all bad, however, and some well-deserved nominations were handed down in the mix. This year’s ceremony already had a big spotlight on it after several acts opted not to even submit their albums. So who is lined up to win big in 2023, and who was left behind?
2023’s nominations are short a couple big names and projects. Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak opted to keep their songs from the Silk Sonic project out the running; Drake did the same with his 2022 releases. Taylor Swift’s juggernaut, “Midnight,” was released too late so she’s noticeably absent as well.
Instead, Beyonce, Lizzo, and Harry Styles seem to be the dominating forces of the year. Bey has now become the most nominated artist in the show’s history and is up for album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year. Lizzo is also competing with her in several of those categories. Other notable names in the big slots are Doja Cat with “Woman,” Kendrick Lamar with his song “The Heart part 5” and its parent album, and Mary J Blige for her song and album “Good Morning Gorgeous.”
Now for the snubs. Nicki Minaj has spent a lot of time arguing online about nominations and which songs qualify for pop categories versus hip-hop categories. The debate exposed a deep rift between her and rapper Latto, who scored big this year with a nom for best new artist. Unfortunately, Minaj is absent completely from the award show, signifying a full shutout of the hip-hop icon.
lol the same folks who said the Grammy’s are racist for how they did Beyonce are celebrating Nicki getting snubbed for speaking up to said racist academy.— Ninja Man 🥷🏽 (@GODISMlKEY) November 15, 2022
y’all are pathetic…as hell 🤣🤣🤣
R&B artists seem pretty upset with this year’s nominations as well. Despite massive releases from Summer Walker, Ari Lennox, and Kehlani, all the women were absent from major R&B slots. The only girl acknowledged outside of Mary and Beyonce in major slots was Muni Long, with Jazmine Sullivan and Snoh Aalegra appearing in a few slots as well. One person summed up everyone’s frustration by saying, “It’s some very nasty grammy snubs going on that honestly got me wanting to fight. Always a roller coaster seeing these lists of peers.”