2023 Grammy Awards: Recapping All of the Biggest Moments

The performances, acceptance speeches, and every other big moment from this year's show

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    Welcome to our 2023 Grammys live blog. Scroll below for a full recap of all of the night’s biggest moments. This post goes in reverse chronicle order, beginning with DJ Khaled’s closing performance of “God Did” and Harry Styles’ victory for Album of the Year. You can find the full winners’ list here.

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    Jay-Z Reminds Us Why He is the Goat

    8:55 p.m. PT – The 2022 Grammys come to a close with an eight-minute performance of DJ Khaled’s “God Did” featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend, and JAY-Z. The performance is centered around a Last Supper-inspired set, with JAY-Z, like Jesus, taking center-stage.

    Harry’s House is Album of the Year

    8:45 p.m. PT – It’s Harry Styles’ house, and we’re just living in it. Harry Styles claims the top prize at this year’s Grammys with Harry’s House taking home Album of the Year.


    “Man, I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me,” Styles says to open her acceptance speech. “At a lot of different times in my life, I listen to everyone in this category when I’m alone. I think like on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember that there is no such thing as ‘best’ in music. I don’t think any of us sit in studio thinking — making decisions based on what is going to get us one of these. This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. I’m going to pass it over to my collaborators who are… I’m just so… This doesn’t happen to people like me very often, and this is so, so nice. Thank you very, very much.”

    Steve Lacy Gets His Time in the Spotlight

    8:35 p.m. PT – With bassist Thundercat behind him, Steve Lacy is one of the final performances of the night. The singer-songwriter plays his funk-pop hit “Bad Habit,” which earned him bominations for Best Solo Pop Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. As the cameras pans throughout the crowd, everyone from Taylor Swift to Lizzo to Kendrick Lamar are just enough glasses of wine deep to happily dance and sing along.

    It’s 11:30 p.m. on the east coast.

    Lizzo is all of us.

    It’s About Damn Time: Lizzo Wins Record of the Year

    8:16 p.m. PT – Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” is this year’s Record of the Year. It’s the fourth Grammy of her career — and first of 2023.

    In her acceptance speech, Lizzo dedicates her award to Prince. “When we lost Prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music,” she says. “I was like, ‘I don’t care if my positivity bother you — what’s wrong with you?’ And this was at a time when positive music and feel good music wasn’t mainstream at that point, 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, so I had to be that change to make the world a better place. And now I look around, and there’s all these songs about loving our bodies and feeling comfortable in our skin and feeling f*cking good! 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 shit, I’d like to believe that not only can people do good, but we just are good. We are good, inherently.”

    Lizzo closes her speech by giving kudos for Beyoncé: “In the fifth grade I skipped school to see you perform. My sister, she got me out of school, it was literature, I’m good. And — where you at, Beyoncé? My eyes are wet. — You changed my life. You sang that gospel medley, and the way you made me feel, I was like, ‘I want to make people feel this way with my music.'”

    Bonnie Raitt’s Surprise Grammy Victory


    8:08 p.m. PT – In the night’s first big surprise, Bonnie Raitt’s “Just Like That” wins the Grammy for Song of the Year. It’s her third victory of the ceremony, having previously won Best Americana Performance for “Made Up Mind” and Best American Roots Song for “Just Like That.”

    “I’m so surprised, I don’t know what to say,” Raitt says in her acceptance speech. “I don’t write a lot of songs but I’m so proud that you appreciate this one… I’m totally humbled.”

    Luke Combs Makes His Grammys Debut

    7:54 p.m. PT – Following that phenomenal 50 years of hip-hop tribute is a tough break, but you’ve gotta represent country music, and Luke Combs — who’s up for three genre awards tonight, including Best Country Album — is just the guy for the job. Backed by a full band, Combs performs the tender “Going, Going, Gone” against the backdrop of a moonlit field, and it’s not long before everyone’s in their feels.

    Adele’s “Easy on Me” is an Easy Win

    7:45 p.m. PT – It took almost three hours into the telecast, but Adele finally has her first Grammy of the night. “Easy on Me” beat Harry Styles, Lizzo, Steve Lacy, and more to win Best Solo Pop Performance.