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Grammys 2023: Five action items from the function

Grant champs Lizzo and Adele were having an awesome time

Grammy Grants

The 65th Grammy Grants occurred in Los Angeles short-term, with grants going to everybody from Ozzy Osbourne and Adele to Willie Nelson and Beyoncé.

Harry Styles' gotten the sought after best collection prize, Viola Davis finished an EGOT, and Beyoncé turned into the most enlivened craftsman in Grammy history.

The following are five of the great and depressed spots of a function that had a larger number of exciting bends in the road than a higgledy piggledy in a lobby of mirrors.

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1) How does Beyoncé need to win best collection?

1) What does Beyoncé have to do to win best album?

Watch: Beyoncé gets emotional on stage accepting record-breaking award

Each time Beyoncé discharges another collection, she revises the standard book for every other person.

From her self-named visual collection in 2013, and the confession booth work of art that was 2016's Lemonade, to last year's disco capriccio Renaissance, she has meaningfully impacted how popular music is composed, created, delivered, introduced and advanced.

She does as such with dazed deference from her friends. "You obviously are the craftsman of our lives!" pronounced Lizzo at this evening's service, repeating words Adele said in 2017.

During the function, Beyoncé got a record-breaking 32nd prize. She was at that point attached with her significant other Jay-Z as the most-named craftsman ever (they have 88 each).

In any case, for all that adoration, the enormous awards have evaded her. Of the multiple times she's been named in the major, all-class classifications, she has won only a single time: Melody of the year in 2010, for Single Women (Put A Ring On It).

This year, Renaissance was the assumed leader for collection of the year. A profound and loving jump into dark and gay dance culture, it was the most widely praised arrival of 2022.

However, for the fourth time in her vocation, Beyoncé was beaten to the top honor. This time Harry Styles took the crown. Already, it was Beck, Adele and Taylor Quick.

What's the message the Grammys are attempting to convey here? Since it is by all accounts: "Quit being so amazing and compose music we feel OK with".

It's a feeling that is not totally bizarre. The business made the honors in 1958 to advance "great" music in the midst of the alarming assault of rock and roll and, from that point forward, the Grammys have falled behind each significant development in music.

Broadly, The Beatles won a greater number of grants after they split up than they did together; and there were no rap classes until 1989.

So perhaps, at some point, when she's in her 60s, Beyoncé will get her levy.

2) Everybody needs to chip away at their discourses, with the exception of Lizzo

It wasn't a great night for speechmaking.

Ozzy Osbourne made me laugh with a brusque, "Thank you and [expletive] off", but otherwise, there was a lot of thanking your mum and being "so inspired" by all the other nominees.

Luckily, Lizzo was on hand to give everyone a big old pep talk.

"Let me tell you something," she began, as she picked up Record Of The Year.

"Me and Adele are just having a good time, enjoying ourselves and rooting for our friends.

"But now that I'm up here... I want to dedicate this award to Prince.

"When we lost Prince I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music. This was at a time when positive music and feel-good music wasn't mainstream and I felt very misunderstood. I felt on the outside looking in. But I stayed true to myself because I wanted to make the world a better place.

"And now I look around and there's all these songs that are about loving our bodies and feeling comfortable in our skin and I'm just so proud to be a part of it.

"Because in a world that is a lot of darkness and a lot of scary [stuff], I'd like to believe that not only can people do good, but we just are good, we are good inherently."

Special mention to Wet Leg's drummer Henry Holmes, who gave the night's most honest speech.

"This is just a magical evening. My mind has gone blank, and I feel like I might wet myself."

3) Ben Affleck was not impressed

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Ben Affleck awaiting the sweet embrace of oblivion during the 112th consecutive hour of the Grammys ceremony

Don't be confused by the look that he's got / He's just Benny from the block.

The newly-married Mr J. Lo attended the Grammys to support his wife and looked thoroughly, unequivocally bored with the whole thing.

Shots of him staring, unmoved at Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder!) while Jennifer Lopez danced in her seat quickly trended on social media.

"However bad of a day you're having, I promise you're not as miserable as Ben Affleck at the Grammys right now," wrote one observer.

"You can see his batteries draining in real time," added another.

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4) The Grammys belatedly realised hip-hop is pretty good!

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Salt-N-Pepa were there, and they were in effect, wanting you to push it back

This August marks 50 years since DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy threw a party in the Bronx that's considered the birthing ground of hip-hop.

To mark the occasion, the Grammys threw a special performance that crammed the stage with legend after legend after legend.

Kicking off with Grandmaster Flash's Flash to the Beat and The Message, the 12-minute medley made room for Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Public Enemy, De La Soul, DJ Jazzy Jeff (scratching his way through Rock The Bells) Rakim, Ice-T, Method Man, an exquisitely-choreographed Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah and The Lox.

Busta Rhymes stole the show with a rapid-fire, syllable-spewing verse of Look At Me Now, while Nelly upped the fun factor with the goofy Hot In Herrre.

Everything was brought up to date with Lil Baby's Freestyle and GloRilla's F.N.F. (Let's Go) before Lil Uzi Vert closed the set with a snippet of Just Wanna Rock.

"We started in the Bronx," declared LL Cool J over the closing bars. "And ever since, we've gone everywhere,"

It was the undoubted highlight of the night... but there was a glaring absence from Drake and Eminem, both of whom are boycotting the Grammys, saying it sidelines hip-hop from the major categories.

To date, Childish Gambino's This Is America is the only hip-hop song to win song of the year; while Outkast's Speakerboxxx / The Love Below was the last rap album to scoop album of the year, back in 2004.

A tribute is one thing, but the Grammys still have a long road to travel.

5) It was a big night for Kim Petras

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Sam Smith and Kim Petras won best pop duo/group collaboration for their campy sex melodrama Unholy - which they also performed, with Smith dressed as the devil for good measure.

But the British singer ceded the microphone to Petras at the winner's podium, watching with pride as she delivered her speech,

"Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I'm the first transgender woman to win this award," 

Petras said, her face covered in a red satin veil.

She went on to thank the pioneers and activists who "kicked the doors open" - a list that would include Wendy Carlos, the first transgender woman to win a competitive Grammy back in 1970, for her pioneering synth album Switched-On Bach).

Backstage, she still couldn't get over the sense of occasion.

"All these years are going through my head of people saying I'd be a niche artist because I'm transgender, and my music would only ever play in gay clubs - and what's wrong with that, because I love gay clubs - but now I got a Grammy for making gay club music with my friend," 

she said.

"It's the best feeling in the world."


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