Inside the 65th Grammys glitz and glamor

By Clara Faulkner, Managing Editor and Living Arts Editor

Each year, hundreds of musicians are invited to a night to be honored for their talent, and every year, the night is filled with celebrity friendships, fresh off-the-runway fashion, and larger-than-life performances.

The 65th Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, took place on Sunday night and was nothing short of excitement. The most awarded artist was Beyoncé, and the night’s performances included superstars like Harry Styles, Lizzo, and Stevie Wonder.

Despite the evening’s heavy emphasis on music, the Grammys boasts one of 2023’s most memorable red carpets. 

Lizzo came dressed as a bouquet of roses, Sam Smith in a beautiful crimson outfit, Harry Styles in a brilliant rainbow jumpsuit, and Kelsea Ballerini in an eye-catching yellow gown. Of course, Taylor Swift glowed in a deep, shimmery blue to promote her newest album, “Midnights.” As one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year, celebrities did not fail to deliver in presenting their awe-inspiring style.

Throughout the night, the artists synchronized their red carpet attire to their performances as they delivered dazzling numbers on stage.

Harry Styles had an extremely memorable performance. It was a breath of fresh air—full of colorful dancing and energy in a year of deep, mellow music circulating about heartbreak and angst. He captivated his audience with his electric performance of his hit single, “As It Was,” for which the crowd got up and danced.

The former member of boy band One Direction was recognized this year for his newest album, “Harry’s House.” Its exponential success earned him six Grammy Award nominations in 2023, including his first in the Big Four categories (Album, Record, and Song of the Year). The musician ended the night in tears as he was called up to take home not only Best Pop Vocal Album, but also Album of the Year.

“I think on nights like tonight, it’s important for us to remember there is no such thing as ‘best’ in music,” Styles said in his acceptance speech. “This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much.”

Styles’ Grammy success is reflective of his groundbreaking musical run in the past year. In 2022, Styles was a game changer for the industry of melodic, uplifting music, and is on course to continue setting new records and creating mainstream songs with unique compositions.

Along with Styles, a range of musicians and performers took audience members on a musical journey through the ages. The evening featured performances by contemporary pop artists, Latin superstars, and soulful church R&B. 

Most notably, Beyoncé has set a new Grammys record with 32 awards throughout her lifetime. The honor comes as no surprise to the music community, as Beyoncé is one of the most successful musicians of all time, selling over 300 million records and having over 1 billion streams on Spotify alone. 

The record was officially broken when her critically acclaimed album “Renaissance” took home the prize for Best Dance/Electronic Album. In doing so, she became the most decorated female artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, smashing the previous record of 26 awards held by Alison Krauss. 

After Beyoncé’s victory, the audience erupted in cheers. She expressed gratitude to her late Uncle Johnny, whose name is mentioned prominently in the song “Heated,” as well as to her husband and three children. She also gave credit to the LGBTQ+ artists that influenced and helped create “Renaissance.” 

In addition to its recognition of artists that produce albums during the 21st century, this year’s The Recording Academy also conducted a 50th anniversary segment celebrating the history of hip-hop. 

Among the celebrated R&B legends were Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott. The performers brought some of hip-hop’s most iconic moments to the stage with a historic celebration, complete with lively dance and throwback tributes during their joint performance. 

It was an opportunity to see the hip-hop and R&B communities unite to honor the achievements of their contemporaries, both alive and dead. This celebration highlighted the ever-growing presence of hip-hop and R&B in the mainstream media.

A segment dedicated to remembering musicians who died in the past year was also included in the ceremony. This featured performances from artists Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Migos’ Quavo.

Musgraves sang a heartfelt cover of Loretta Lynn’s autobiographical 1970 song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in tribute to the late western music icon. Photographs of celebrities like Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton-John, and Jeff Beck flashed on the screen behind her while she strummed her guitar in a floral field. 

When Quavo performed his new track “Without You,” he dedicated it to his late nephew and bandmate Takeoff. With a soaring performance of “Songbird,” Raitt and Crow joined Fleetwood in remembering the late Christine McVie, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac.

It was a chance to pay tribute to those artists who left an indelible mark on the industry, and it was a reminder of how impactful their legacy still is today.

Outside of Arena, DJ Khaled performed his single “God Did” with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, and John Legend to close the Grammys. All of these iconic artists showed what the Grammy stage was meant for: an artistic collaboration between some of the best and influential musicians the industry has seen.

According to Forbes, a sample of artists and producers who were Grammy-winning artists saw a 55% increase in concert ticket sales and producer fees in the year following their win. This is a clear testament to the impact of the Grammys and how being recognized by this prestigious organization can make a career-altering difference for those in the music industry.

Colorful fashion, breathtaking performances, and heartfelt tributes dominated the evening, leaving viewers eagerly anticipating the next Grammys—most are already speculating about who will be nominated and lead the night.