2023 Grammy Nominations and Predictions

Photo Source: Grammy.com

Photo Source: Grammy.com

Mirabel Elias-Upham, Writer

 Every year, music industry professionals and members of the academy, made up of diverse officials and artists in music, decide who of the most popular recording artists are the best of the best. Along with everyone who likes music, before the show airs I have made my predictions for the official list of winners. 


General Field


Album of the Year

Voyage  – ABBA

30  –  Adele

Un Verano Sin Ti  –  Bad Bunny


Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) – Mary J. Blige

In These Silent Days – Brandy Carlile

Music Of The Spheres – Coldplay

Mr. Morale & The Big Spheres – Kendrick Lemar

Special – Lizzo

Harry’s House – Harry Styles


Personal Favorite: Harry’s House is by far my favorite out of these, it had some of the best songwriting out of Styles’ discography and the sound is just modern and pop sounding enough from his last two albums where he can build variety but still find success. His meaning is not lost in the glamour of the sound, however, and he still delivers a meaningful, personal narrative. 


Who Will Win: Beyoncé has potential for winning this category this year, as she topped the Billboard 200 at number one. She has the most Grammy Awards in Grammy history, but has never won Album of the Year. Considering her commercial success, this could be her year.


Song of the Year Contestants

“abcdefu” – GAYLE

About Damn Time- Lizzo

All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film)- Taylor Swift

“As It Was” – Harry Styles

“Bad Habit” – Steve Lacy

“BREAK MY SOUL” – Beyonce

“Easy On Me” – Adele

“GOD DID” – DJ Khalid ft. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, John Legend & Friday

“The Heart Part 5” – Kendrick Lamar

“Just Like That” – Bonnie Raitt


Personal Favorite: Considering this category highlights some of the best songwriting of the year, my favorite has to be Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well(10 Minute Version). Her album Red (Taylor’s Version) is a great display of Swift’s storytelling and musical ability, and “All Too Well” is an accumulation of these talents. Fans have called for this extended version ever since Taylor announced she was rerecording her record-breaking album, Red, and this song has made the wait worth it. 


Who Will Win: Song of the Year for “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy is his third Grammy nomination, and his song’s popualarity on social media could ensure his win but the most likely winner is “abcdefu” by GAYLE. Despite its lack of lyrical depth and genius, its immediate popularity and success could mean she takes this one home. She is very new, however, and this is her first and only nomination, so this nomination could just be a start to her career. 


Best New Artist Contestants


Omar Apollo

DOMi & JD Beck

Muni Long

Samara Joy



Tobe Nwigwe

Molly Tuttle

Wet Leg


Personal Favorite: I do not know many of the artists up for this award this year, however if I had to pick one, it would be Omar Apollo. His song “Evergreen (You Didn’t Deserve Me At All)” was one of my most played songs this year and with his songwriting and musical ability I think Apollo has a lot of potential for more music like that hit. He also has a wider audience, as he performs in both English and Spanish. 


Who Will Win: Considering Wet Leg has numerous other nominations and Harry Styles had covered one of their songs this year, they most likely have the best chance at winning. Omar Apollo has equal if not better chances at winning, considering his debut album this year topped the Billboard charts. This one will be up to the Grammys’ favorite. 


Record of the Year Contestants

“Don’t Shut Me Down” – ABBA

“Easy On Me” -Adele

“Break My Soul” – Beyonce

“Good Morning Gorgeous” -Mary J. Blige

“You and Me On The Rock” – Brandi Carlile Ft. Lucius

“Woman” – Doja Cat

“The Heart Pick 5” – Kendrick Lemar

“About Damn Time” – Lizzo

“As It Was” – Harry Styles


 Personal Favorite: Although As It Was was my most played song on my Spotify Wrapped this year, my favorite from this list is Don’t Shut Me Down by ABBA. It has a great throwback feel and is a great song for those who loved ABBA’s older and most popular album, most notably their self-titled third album.


Who Will Win: I think either Adele or Harry Styles will take this one. Harry Styles’ As It Was broke the Spotify record for most streams in a day by a male artist, and spent fifteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Adele’s album 30 is the first of hers in six years and had similar commercial success as As It Was. Adele might win it also, simply because this is her first Grammy nomination in years following her unexpected return to music. 




Best Pop Solo Performance

“Easy On Me” – Adele

“Moscow Mule” – Bad Bunny

“Woman” – Doja Cat

“Bad Habit” – Steve Lacy

“About Damn Time” – Lizzo

“As It Was” – Harry Styles


My Favorite: Although “As It Was” has been nominated for many categories, I love it for this one specifically because it has more of a pop feel, with its up beat and happy production. It is not the best overall, but when considered for the pop genre specifically, it is the best.


Who Will Win: I think Harry Styles has a real chance of winning this one. The only real competitor would have to be Doja Cat, as Lizzo and Adele are nominated for numerous other categories alongside Styles, but I still think with its commercial success and distinctly pop sound, As It Was”” has a better shot.


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Don’t Shut Me Down” – ABBA

“Bam Bam” – Camila Cabello ft Ed Sheeran

“My Universe” – Coldplay & BTS

“I Like You (A Happier Song)” – Post Malone & Doja Cat

“Unholy” – Sam Smith & Kim Petras


My Favorite: I really liked I Like You(A Happier Song), simply because it is the one I have heard the most and is the catchiest. I do not love the options this year, but Don’t Shut Me Down by ABBA was great as well, it provided a perfect 70s feel that sounded very similar to their old albums. 


Who Will Win: Despite Unholy being a radio and TikTok sensation, if Sam Smith and Kim Petras were to win the award they would be the first nonbinary and transgender artists to win the award, something that may be too progressive for the Grammys. The safe choice is most likely Coldplay and BTS, both Grammy favorites. 


Best Pop Vocal Album

Voyage – ABBA 

30 – Adele 

Music Of The Spheres – Coldplay

Special – Lizzo

Harry’s House – Harry House


My Favorite: There were many great albums up for this category, but Harry’s House is by far my favorite. He somehow found a way to top his last album, creating not only a fan favorite but a commercial, chart-topping album as well. 


Who Will Win: I think Harry Styles has a good chance of winning, as he has many other nominations this year, but Coldplay, Lizzo, and Adele, all Grammy favorites, have a good chance as well. Adele, who has not lost a Grammy when nominated in years, is possibly the traditional option. Harry, however, has had career-best records with Harry’s House and may be the unpredictable, but likely, choice. 


The Grammys are only a month away so comment your predictions and tune in on February 5 to see if you’re right.