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New Categories For The 2023 GRAMMYs Announced: Songwriter Of The Year, Best Video Game Soundtrack, Best Song For Social Change & More Changes
The Recording Academy has announced five new GRAMMY Awards categories to be awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs, including Songwriter Of The Year (Non-Classical) and Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games, among other new categories and changes.
Updated on Thursday, July 14: The air date for the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, has been announced. The 2023 GRAMMYs will air live Sunday, Feb. 5, from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+. 2022 Nominations for the 2023 GRAMMYs will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The Recording Academy has announced five new GRAMMY Awards categories to be awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, including the newly added Songwriter Of The Year (Non-Classical) and Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media categories, among other new categories and changes.
Additionally, a new Special Merit Award will be given out for Best Song For Social Change. Other amendments include changes to the GRAMMY Awards entry and voting processes and more.
All new category additions, process amendments, and updates go into effect immediately for the 2023 GRAMMYs.
These changes come through the Recording Academy's annual process of accepting proposals from the music creators and professionals that make up its membership body, and as part of the organization's commitment to evolve with the ever-changing musical landscape.
"We're so excited to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly established awards and amendments, and to continue cultivating an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration," Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said. "The Academy's top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry."
The 65th GRAMMY 2022 nominations are officially here. See the complete list of nominees across all 91 GRAMMY categories.
NEW GRAMMY AWARDS CATEGORIES ADDED:
Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical
Recognizes the written excellence, profession and art of songwriting honoring the most prolific non-performing and non-producing songwriters for their body of new work released during an eligibility year.
Best Alternative Music Performance
A track and single Category that recognizes the best recordings in an alternative performance by a solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group.
Best Americana Performance
A track and single Category that recognizes artistic excellence in an Americana performance by a solo artist, collaborating artists, established duo, or established group.
Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media
Recognizes excellence in score soundtrack albums comprised predominately of original scores and created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current video game or other interactive media released within the qualification period.
Best Spoken Word Poetry Album
An album Category that recognizes excellence in spoken word albums specific to the performance of poetry with or without music.
SPECIAL MERIT AWARD ADDITION:
Best Song For Social Change This Special Merit Award will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees. Submissions must contain lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding, peacebuilding and empathy.
GRAMMY AWARD VOTING PROCEDURAL UPDATES:
Charging Fees For Entry Submissions
All Recording Academy members will receive five courtesy entries every year. For additional entries, members will pay $40 (Early Bird Fee); $75 (Standard Fee); or $125 (Final Deadline Fee) per additional entry. Registered media companies will pay a fee of $65 (Early Bird Fee); $95 (Standard Fee); or $125 (Final Deadline Fee) per entry. Considerations will be made for artists/members experiencing financial hardships. Any member who would be burdened by the entry fees can request the fees be waived by reaching out to the Recording Academy Awards Department.
To be eligible for GRAMMY Award consideration, an album must contain greater than 75% playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings. The previous eligibility rule was 50%. (Note: Best Compilation Soundtrack, Best Historical Album, Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Recording Package, Best Special Package, and Best Album Notes accept albums of recordings that are not newly recorded.)
Note: The updated album eligibility rule was approved in 2021, but is going into effect for the 2023 GRAMMYs cycle.
ADDITIONAL CATEGORY AMENDMENTS:
Classical Field: Creation of Craft Committees in Select Classical Categories
Three Categories within the Classical Field will now be determined by highly specialized Craft Committees: Producer Of The Year (Classical), Best Engineered Album (Classical) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Classical Field: Recognition of Composers and Librettists in Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Compendium Categories
Category definitions have been updated to award composers and librettists in addition to artists, producers and engineers.
New Age, Ambient Or Chant Field: Renamed And Redefined Field and Category Name
The Category formerly known as "Best New Age Album" has been renamed "Best New Age, Ambient Or Chant Album" and the Field name has also been updated to reflect that change.
Musical Theater Field: Recognition of Composers and Lyricists in Best Musical Theater Album Category
Category definition has been updated to award composers and lyricists of more than 50% of the score of a new recording.
Music For Visual Media Field (Includes Film, TV, Video Games, And Other Visual Media): Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Some language in the criteria for this Category, which had been removed, has now been restored to recognize principal artists and in-studio producers.
Production Field: Updated Definition of Best Remixed Recording Category
The newly amended definition of the Best Remixed Recording Category helps to reflect the remix craft as it currently stands in the industry: the creation of a new, full-track, unique performance created by a remixer from a previously released recording.
Spoken Word Field: Updated Category Name and Definition
The Category formally known as Spoken Word Album has been renamed Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording. This Category recognizes excellence in spoken work albums (not including Spoken Word Poetry).
The 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, returns to Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, and will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT.
The eligibility period for the 65th GRAMMY Awards is Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 – Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. All eligible awards entries must be released within this timeframe.
The Recording Academy and GRAMMY.com do not endorse any particular artist, submission or nominee over another. The results of the GRAMMY Awards, including winners and nominees, are solely dependent on the Recording Academy’s Voting Membership.
Recording Academy Unveils The 2023 Class Of #GRAMMYsNextGen Ambassadors & Advisors
Meet the changemakers supporting the Recording Academy’s efforts to inspire the next generation of musicians and music business professionals.
Ahead of the 2023 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy’s #GRAMMYsNextGen program (previously known as #GRAMMYsNextUp) has announced its latest class of ambassadors and advisors. These changemakers support the Recording Academy’s efforts to inspire the next generation of musicians and music business professionals.
From professional executives, to songwriters, producers and engineers, the 2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen class includes 23 ambassadors and 12 advisors working across fields and genres.
The Recording Academy’s #GRAMMYsNextGen program was intentionally designed to engage the under-40 music community and recognize the best and brightest power players behind the scenes of the music that drives culture today.
As part of the program, all ambassadors and advisors will attend a power brunch during GRAMMY Week to celebrate, connect with their peers in the field and learn more about Recording Academy membership directly from Kelley Purcell, Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Executive Ambassadors:
Carl LeGrett (Sr. Director, A&R - Create Music Group)
As Sr. Director of A&R, Carl LeGrett oversees Create Music Group’s Publishing Division which is currently responsible for over $1M in royalty payouts for its artists, producers, and songwriters every month. A 2x Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power player, he is a recognizable and trusted name within the music industry. In 2022, many of Carl's Create Music Publishing clients contributed to GRAMMY-nominated works including DJ Khaled’s GOD DID, Future’s I NEVER LIKED YOU, Jack Harlow’s Come Home The Kids Miss You and Chris Brown’s BREEZY.
Carter Gregory (VP, A&R – Capitol)
Carter Gregory began his career as an intern at RX Songs and AAM before working with various songwriters and producers at Milk & Honey. Now Vice President of A&R at Capitol Music Group, his roster includes acts such as FLETCHER, Natalie Jane, Amelia Moore, Duncan Laurence, and more. Most recently, he’s played a critical role in Fletcher’s development which has led her to selling 100k tickets in 2022 and the release of her top 15 Billboard debut album, “Girl Of My Dreams.” He is extremely passionate about representing LGBTQ+ artists and continues to look for ways to uplift and be a voice for the community.
Dylan Bourne (CEO/Founder - Bourne Creatives)
Dylan Bourne is the CEO and Founder of Bourne Creatives, a diversified entertainment and music company that specializes in 360° brand development. With a background of working for elite management companies, labels, and publishers, the Dallas native is uniquely positioned to serve the talent he partners with and manages – including JELEEL!. He empowers clients to establish and maintain thriving businesses through the expert integration of innovative creative and digital strategies.
Dylan Shanks (Founder & CEO - Open Door Management)
Dylan Shanks founded Open Door as a junior at NYU when he first started working with Grammy-nominated artist, Omar Apollo. Since then, he’s guided Omar on multiple world tours (selling over 100k tickets in 2022), stops at every major US festival, 2 Latin GRAMMY nominations, and a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2023 GRAMMYs. Open Door also works with Latin GRAMMY winning / GRAMMY-nominated producer Teo Halm, multi-platinum producer Callan Wong, Oscar Santander, Jackson Shanks, and Hank K.
Erin Larsen (Manager - Opium)
Since 2008, Erin Larsen has dedicated her career to fostering the careers of artists, developing rising acts into global powerhouses. Throughout her career working at WME, MSG, CAA, and Paradigm, she’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Mary J Blige, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Trippie Redd and Nipsey Hussle. She currently manages Playboi Carti and works across marketing, release, and merch activities for his independent record label Opium (Destroy Lonely, Ken Carson, Homixide Gang, KP Beatz and Art Dealer).
Justin “Meezy” Williams (Owner - Meezy Ent LLC)
Justin “Meezy” Williams’ is founder and owner of Meezy Ent LLC, a promotional company that specializes in marketing, events, music promo, and fundraisers. Meezy originally founded Meezy Ent in his hometown of Stone Mountain, GA as a promotional company for high school and college parties. These parties set the foundation for Slaughter Gang, a joint venture he started with GRAMMY Award-winning artist, 21 Savage, who he also manages.
Krystal Miles (General Manager - APESHIT INC.)
Krystal is general manager of eight-time GRAMMY Award winner Anderson .Paak’s label APESHIT. Miles has been a longtime partner with .Paak, serving on his day-to-day management team. In this role, Miles oversees business development for the label as well as operations of both music and management initiatives.
Lamaar Jaswal (Manager, A&R - SinceThe80s)
Lamaar Jaswal is an A&R professional and artist manager from New York City dedicated to scaling his artists into household names. Some of his clients include SoFaygo (Cactus Jack), Xhulooo (Independent), Bakkwoods (Sony Music Publishing), Wes.t (Sony Music Publishing), & greek (Sparta). Most recently, he’s partnered with SinceThe80’s Barry Hefner to land major deals for SoFaygo – including sync placement in a Lebron James / Beats commercial with "Hell Yeah” and a slew of tour dates with NAV and Trippie Redd.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Executive Advisors:
Cory Litwin (Founder & CEO - 2wenty 2wenty Music Group)
Cory Litwin is the founder and CEO of 2wenty2wenty Music Group, where he has a roster of over 30 writers, producers, and engineers that touch all genres of music. He gained recognition as a formidable manager after building his client Murda Beatz into a superstar producer. He’s been featured in notable industry lists like Billboard’s 40 under 40 and Hip-Hop Power Players list, Variety's Top 5 Producer Managers and Hitmaker lists.
Ebonie Ward (CEO - 11th&Co)
Ebonie Ward manages some of today’s leading chart-topping musicians and producers, including rappers Future, Gunna, and Flo Milli, as well as producers Turbo and The Playmaker Production Collective. Her devotion and creative thinking has allowed her to go beyond the invisible ceiling for the success of her clients.
Noah Assad (Co-Founder - Rimas Entertainment)
Noah Assad is CEO & Co-Founder of Rimas Entertainment, the independent record label he founded, and manager of the global recording artists including Bad Bunny and Karol G. Rimas Entertainment boasts a roster that includes leading talents in the Latin Music industry such as Eladio Carrión, Arcángel, Jowell & Randy, and Tommy Torres, among others, as well as emerging artists Mora, Corina Smith, Jotaerre, Lyanno, and Marconi Impara.
Tariq Cherif (Co-Founder/CEO - Rolling Loud)
Tariq Cherif is the co-founder of Rolling Loud, the world’s largest hip-hop festival. In 2021, Cherif and Rolling Loud co-founder Matthew Zingler launched their national touring company, Rolling Loud Presents, with artists like Jack Harlow, Rod Wave, Moneybagg Yo, Trippie Redd, and more. With the 2023 festival season approaching, Cherif is focused on making Rolling Loud a household name, expanding and optimizing their content creation efforts, and continuing to grow Rolling Loud as an international brand with shows spanning the globe.
Tyler Arnold (President - Mercury Records)
Since joining Republic Records in 2014, Tyler Arnold has signed/worked closely with Post Malone, super producer Metro Boomin, Bo Burnham, James Blake, Clairo, Chelsea Cutler and rising talent Jeremy Zucker. The projects he's worked on have sold over 100 million singles and over 100 billion streams. They have also received 9 GRAMMY and 6 Emmy nominations as well as an Academy Award nomination.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Producer Ambassadors:
Best known by his stage name ATL Jacob, 23-year-old Jacob Canady is a rapper and entrepreneur from Atlanta, GA. He began producing music in the 9th grade, and at the age of 17, he had the opportunity to meet hip-hop sensation Future. That meeting quickly earned ATL Jacob a seat as the in-house producer for Future’s record label, Freebandz. He has since produced records for a long list of hip-hop luminaries including Drake, Moneybagg Yo, Kodak Black, Lil Durk, Lil Baby, and many more.
Nova Wav is a GRAMMY–winning producing and songwriting duo composed of Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney. Over the course of their career, Nova Wav have written and produced tracks and albums for artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Saweetie, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, H.E.R, Kehlani and more. Most recently, the duo co-wrote and co-produced on Beyoncé's “Renaissance” and Jazmine Sullivan's "Pick Up Your Feelings," for which she won a “Best R&B Performance” GRAMMY.
Ojivolta is a songwriting and producing duo comprised of Mark Williams and Raul Cubina. They are best known for producing 19 tracks on Ye’s DONDA, “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X, Halsey's "Graveyard", Justin Bieber's "Anyone", Shawn Mendes's "If I Can't Have You", and executive producing Jon Bellion's "The Human Condition" and “Glory Sound Prep.” They have also worked with The Kid Laroi, Jay-Z, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Pusha T, Fivio Foreign, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Half Alive, Charlotte Lawrence, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez.
Brytavious Keith Chambers, better known by his stage name Tay Keith, is a GRAMMY-nominated record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He became a hometown hero for producing tracks by popular Memphis rappers like Yo Gotti, Blac Youngsta, Moneybagg Yo, and more. Keith’s biggest hit to date, Travis Scott and Drake’s “SICKO MODE,” peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The multi-platinum release was also nominated for Best Rap Song at the 61st GRAMMY Awards in 2019.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Tejiri Akpoghene is a multi-platinum artist, songwriter and producer. Since discovering his talent in music production at the age of 14, he has dedicated himself to developing his craft. He has produced numerous songs for TEMS including the smash hit “Higher.” He most recently co-produced and co-wrote Future, Drake & TEMS’ single “WAIT FOR U,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Producer Advisors:
Carter Lang (Producer)
A multi-instrumentalist producer, Carter Lang co-wrote and produced Post Malone & Swae Lee’s single “Sunflower” which is the most certified RIAA single of all time, at 17x platinum. A core collaborator of SZA, Carter co-wrote and produced 13 tracks of her new album SOS, is credited on 10 songs of SZA’s debut album, CTRL, and "Kiss Me More", which earned a GRAMMY for “Song Of The Year” in 2022. He also executive produced Omar Apollo’s latest album Ivory and has worked with artists such as Rosalía, Chance The Rapper, Camilla Cabello, Lil Nas X, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Dominic Fike, Baby Keem, PinkPantheress, Gracie Abrams, and Kali Uchis.
Murda Beats is a GRAMMY-winning producer that has worked with some of the most prolific artists of the 2010s and today, including Drake, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Migos, and more. Alongside his work with chart-topping artists, Murda has released two solo projects - 2016’s Keep God First, and 2018’s Bless Yo Trap with rapper Smokepurpp, along with most recent single “One Shot” feat. Blxst & Wale. He also been named one of the Top 5 Writers on the Billboard Songwriters Chart, had the highest selling drum kit on Splice with the “Bandemic” Splice pack, launched a plug-in called “Murda Melodies” on SlateDigital.com, released two collectible toys with KidRobot, created a meditation playlist on the Headspace app, sold out a “Baby Murda” NFT drop in under 24 hours, and became co-founder of beverage company Psychedelic Water.
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins is an internationally recognized producer responsible for over 300 million+ record sales to date. Over the past 30 years, Rodney has produced chart-topping R&B and pop standards by artists such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Brandy, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas, TLC, The Spice Girls, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, SZA, H.E.R., and countless others.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Songwriter Ambassadors:
A1 LaFlare is a Grammy-nominated artist, songwriter, & producer from Atlanta. Her talents have caught the eyes of some of the leading industry players, and since then she has been collaborating with the biggest acts in the music industry.
Dougie F is a songwriter, artist and producer who co-wrote two Billboard Hot 100 No.1 songs in 2022. In 2021, he signed a publishing deal with Warner and Cactus Jack. Since then, he’s been credited alongside Travis Scott, Drake, Future, SZA, Jack Harlow, Giveon and Don Toliver.
Fridayy is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, PA . His breakthrough arrived in 2022 as a feature on DJ Khaled’s “GOD DID,” featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend, and Jay-Z. He has also written and produced for Chris Brown’s tenth studio album, Breezy (“Wheels Fall Off” featuring Lil Durk and Capella Gray and “Need You Right Here” featuring Bryson Tiller). As Fridayy evolves as a singer, songwriter, and producer, he continues working with today’s music icons and upcoming stars, including Meek Mill, Lil Baby, and Don Toliver.
Nija Charles is a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, artist, and record producer. She has earned two no. 1's on Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on Forbes "30 under 30" list. Her work with artists such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Chris Brown and Drake has secured her position as a creative powerhouse and tastemaker within the culture.
Tommy Parker (Songwriter)
Tommy Parker is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum producer and songwriter who has worked with J. Cole, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson, Young Thug, and more. His vocals on J. Cole’s “i n t e r l u d e” helped propel the single to a No. 8 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and he most recently worked on Alicia Keys and the Backstreet Boys’ respective Christmas albums in 2022.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Songwriter Advisors:
Jozzy is a multi-platinum singer and songwriter, known for penning notable hits for artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, SZA, Summer Walker, Mary J. Blige, Latto and more. The Memphis, TN native first gained notoriety in 2018 for writing the GRAMMY Award- winning single “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Rae Cyrus. In 2022, JOZZY was announced as the first signee to Love Records, an all-R&B label launched by legendary producer and music mogul Sean Combs. She is nominated at the 65th GRAMMY Awards for her work on Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” and Mary J. Blige’s “Good Morning Gorgeous.”
Tommy Brown is a GRAMMY-winning producer who has produced and written tracks for artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, Black Pink, Demi Lovato, Juice Wrld, Chris Brown, Travis Scott, and more. In 2018, Brown teamed up with industry titan Lucian Grainge to create the Champagne Therapy Music Group label under Universal Music Group. Brown also created a team of his own and launched his independent publishing company Champagne Therapy Music Publishing and since then has signed over 20 creatives ranging from singers, songwriters, and producers. Since its launch, CTMP has had multiple Billboard Hot 100 records charted at No. 1, and has scored chart topping songs with Bad Bunny, Ariana Grande, Drake, the Weeknd, BTS, John Legend, and more.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Engineer Ambassadors:
Angie Randisi is a multi-platinum & GRAMMY-nominated recording/mixing engineer. Angie got her start working at SOTA studios working under Noah “40” Shebib, where she worked across numerous projects within the OVO sound camp. Since then, she has gone on to record and work with artists such as Lil Baby, PartyNextDoor, Diddy, Tyga, Young Thug, 42 Dugg, and more. Angie is currently working on empowering more female engineers, producers and artists in the music industry.
Hailing from New Delhi, India, Bainz has become the go to mixer and engineer for Young Thug and his label Young Stoner Life Records. He has engineered and mixed some of the most defining global hip hop hits and worked with some of the most celebrated artists of this generation, including Future, Nipsey Hussle, Estelle, Trippie Redd, Mac Miller, Sia, Juice WRLD, Jay Sean, Prateek Kuhad, Rich The Kid, Eric Nam, Shy Glizzy, Offset, Quavo, Machine Gun Kelly, James Fauntelroy, and more.
Jason “Cheese” Goldberg (Engineer - NBA Youngboy)
Jason “Cheese” Goldberg is the primary engineer to NBA Youngboy. His number one objective has always been to understand the wants and needs of the artist sonically and find a way to bring that vision to life.
Rob Bisel is a GRAMMY-nominated producer, mixer, and engineer based in Los Angeles. He got his start engineering for Rick Rubin at Shangri La Studios, where he worked with a wide range of artists including Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Santana, and more. After his time at Shangri La, Bisel went on to work with SZA and helped craft her album SOS for the last 3 years. Bisel has also received GRAMMY nominations for his engineering / mixing work on Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and Doja Cat’s Planet Her.
Patrizio “Teezio” Pigliapoco is a 44x platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated mix engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. For over a decade, he’s worked with notable artists like Juicy J, Chris Brown, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, Gunna, Coi Leroy, and more. Through collaborations with brands like Autotune, PMC, Engineears, and countless others, he’s continued to prioritize educating the next generation of engineers year after year.
2023 #GRAMMYsNextGen Engineer Advisors:
Fabian Marasciullo (Engineer - Lil Wayne)
Fabian Marasciullo has been working in music since the age of 13. In his 25-year career, Fabian has engineered over 400 platinum & gold-certified records, including 3 songs that have amassed diamond status. His work on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter 3 earned him the 2009 GRAMMY for Best Rap Album.
Josh Gudwin (Engineer - Justin Bieber)
Four-time GRAMMY winner Josh Gudwin has served as Justin Bieber’s go-to producer and engineer for over a decade. Working as Bieber’s vocal producer and engineer since 2010, Gudwin has logged more than two dozen Top 20 hits with Bieber including the No. 1 songs “Despacito (Justin Bieber Remix),” “Love Yourself,” “What Do U Mean,” “Sorry” and “Stuck with You.” He's also worked on recent hits like Kid Laroi’s “Stay” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating.” Over the course of his time with Bieber, Gudwin organically moved into his position as one of the album producers, composer, A&R and primary mixer for Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe).
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The Rise Of Brandi Carlile: How Her Emotive Songwriting & Delivery Made Her One Of Americana's Most Versatile Stars
Brandi Carlile's seven nominations at the 2023 GRAMMYs epitomize the superstardom she has achieved in recent years — the kind of success she's been destined for since her 2005 debut.
Brandi Carlile's soaring performance of her song "The Joke" at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards didn't necessarily make her a superstar, but it showed the world that she is one. And judging by her own reaction, she knew it, too: Carlile ended the performance with a flourish, throwing her head back to drive the final notes even higher, grinning and jumping up and down as she finished.
Already, she had six albums and plenty of critical acclaim to her name, but that night Carlile won her first GRAMMYs — three, to be exact — including two for "The Joke." Since then, she's added three more golden gramophones to her collection, and now boasts a total of 24 nominations — including seven at the 2023 GRAMMYs.
Her 2021 album, In These Silent Days, is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Americana Album; "You and Me on the Rock" is up for Record Of The Year, Best Americana Performance and Best American Roots Song; and "Broken Horses" earned nods for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance — Carlile's first in the Rock Field. (The album's lead single, "Right on Time," also earned her three GRAMMY nominations in 2022: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, the latter of which was another first for Carlile.)
Over her nearly 20-year career, Carlile has built a diverse fan base. Although she considers Americana to be her "home base," Carlile's music often doesn't fit neatly into any one genre, which is abundantly clear in her wide array of nominations for In These Silent Days. In fact, since her first GRAMMY nomination in 2016, Carlile has been nominated across six different Fields: American Roots Music, Country, General Field, Rock, Pop, and Music for Visual Media.
While Carlile's genre-bending prowess is essential to her musical vision, it's her powerful voice and range that captivates listeners. Beyond those, Carlile's canny ability to convey universally-relatable sentiments through songs, often based on her own experiences, solidified her standing as one of the most beloved stars in Americana and beyond.
From the get-go, Carlile established her broad appeal with her debut self-titled album in 2005, laying the foundation for her breakout album, The Story, released in 2007. The title track, a lilting love song — which spoke to millions with honest, relatable lyrics about how our personal histories make us who we are today — remains her biggest hit to date. (Though she didn't write it herself, the track was penned by Phil Hanseroth, one half of the Hanseroth twins, with whom Carlile has performed and written for most of her career.)
After The Story's resounding success, the singer continued honing her voice and performance on her 2009 and 2012 LPs, Give Up The Ghost and Bear Creek. Then in 2015, Carlile foreshadowed the precision and strength of 2018's By The Way, I Forgive You, with The Firewatchers's Daughter — which earned her her first GRAMMY nomination, for Best Americana Album. The album shifts from the powerful and personal "Wherever is Your Heart," to the rowdy, cathartic jam "Mainstream Kid" and the haunting "The Stranger at My Door," whose central character lends the album its name.
With By the Way I Forgive You, Carlile sharpened her songwriting chops, zeroing in on the same blend of candor and levity that makes her live performances so riveting. "The Joke," a profound love letter to kids who don't fit in, is arguably one of the strongest displays of Carlile's ability to distill emotion into lyrics. But "The Mother" is the album's lyrical standout, wherein Carlile neatly packages her profound and funny experience of becoming a mother.
As her own star continued to rise, Carlile made a point of speaking up for other artists, and even produced and co-wrote Tanya Tucker's powerful comeback album, While I'm Livin', in 2019. The album, the country icon's first in 10 years, earned Tucker her first two GRAMMYs, which she shared with Carlile (Best Country Album and Best Country Song for "Bring My Flowers Now").
Largely written by Carlile and the Hanseroth twins, While I'm Livin' showcases some of Carlile's best writing to date. Demonstrating her deep knowledge of the country music history, she penned tracks that fall within the country music canon but adeptly reject the roles the genre often outlines for women.
Keeping her outlaw evolution going, just two weeks after While I'm Livin', Carlile released the eponymous debut album with her country supergroup, The Highwomen, comprised of Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires. Together, they turned the male-dominated outlaw country genre on its head with a series of smart, hard-driving tracks, including "Redesigning Women," "My Name Can't be Mama," and "Crowded Table," the latter of which won Best Country Song at the 2021 GRAMMYs.
Carlile's most recent release, In These Silent Days, opens with "Right On Time," which, according to Carlile herself, picked up where "The Joke" left off. By mining her own past and experience for inspiration, Carlile produced her most poignant album yet. Written in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, its 10 tracks delve into how isolation liberates and confines us, love's many forms, and the pain and catharsis of exploring the past. A clarity of emotion permeates the album, making each track feel like a window into Carlile's life.
She follows up "Right On Time" with the sweet and catchy "You and Me on the Rock," a love song that delights in the small pleasures in the life she's built with her wife, Catherine. With backing vocals by Lucius, it shows off Carlile's dynamic ability to layer meaning into a seemingly simple song.
The slow burn of Carlile's career served her well, allowing her to perfect her writing and performance without the pressures of instant success. Reaching superstar status in her late 30s enabled her to realize its full potential, Carlile, who's now 41, says.
"You only have so many shots anymore," she told NPR last year. "And if you're not ready for that — like, musically ready, emotionally ready, physically ready and just mentally ready to, like, seize that moment, really take the bull by the horns, and go, 'This is my shot, I'm going to do this' — I don't think you can do that in your 20s on purpose."
In addition to scoring her most GRAMMY nominations in one year, Carlile had several other superstar moments in 2022. She was the cover star of Billboard's Pride Month issue in June; in July, she surprised the world by bringing Joni Mitchell on stage with her at the Newport Folk Festival (Mitchell's first full performance in 20 years), and became the first woman to headline Tennessee's Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in September.
Carlile closed out the year with a return to "Saturday Night Live," her second appearance on the late-night sketch show in the last 14 months. Neatly linking her early breakout with her current hit, she performed "The Story" and "You and Me on the Rock" back to back.
As her most recent "SNL" performance hinted, Carlile delicately balances her roots with her present success. Wherever Carlile's star power takes her next, she's poised and ready for a bright and captivating future.
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Flo Rida To Headline The 2023 GRAMMY Celebration Following Music's Biggest Night
Following the 2023 GRAMMYs on Feb. 5, the official GRAMMYs afterparty will also feature performances by Arturo O'Farrill and DJ Michelle Pesce
With the 2023 GRAMMYs right around the corner, exciting events surrounding the ceremony are coming to light — including an afterparty to remember.
Past GRAMMY nominee Flo Rida is set to headline the exclusive 2023 GRAMMY Celebration — the Recording Academy's Official After-Party honoring the winners and nominees of Music's Biggest Night.
Five-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform in the GRAMMY Celebration Jazz Lounge; Michelle Pesce will return as the evening's DJ.
One of the year's most anticipated industry events, attracting GRAMMY winners, nominees, industry executives, and celebrities, the 2023 GRAMMY Celebration will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center immediately following the ceremony on Feb. 5.
The Recording Academy will produce the post-telecast GRAMMY Celebration, overseeing the entertainment, décor and logistics involved in bringing the annual event to life. More than 5,000 after-party guests will "take flight" into a beautiful bird-filled sanctuary, featuring imaginative architectural elements including an aviary, nest, pond, and phoenix-adorned stage.
"We're excited to return to Los Angeles with a larger-than-life experience that truly captivates the last year in music," said Branden Chapman, COO & Head of Entertainment for the Recording Academy. "As the official after-party of the GRAMMYs, we look forward to bringing the industry and our annual nominees a GRAMMY Week closing celebration with electrifying performances, culinary delights and more."
Guests will enjoy the masterful culinary skills of acclaimed chef Jason Fullilove, who has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry managing fine dining establishments, leading his Los Angeles-based catering and events company, and more.
To honor the evening and in collaboration with Levy, the hospitality partner at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Fullilove has prepared a lively and eclectic menu that celebrates global destinations including Havana, Jalisco, Jamaica, and Miami.
Fullilove's credentials are extensive, spanning multiple locations across the country including New York City's BRGuest Restaurants and the launch of his own Barbara Jean LA (BJLA), where he brought his interpretation of African American soul food and globally inspired comfort food into the fine dining arena.
An avid traveler since childhood, his passion for the culinary arts has taken Chef Fullilove around the world as he soaked up global flavors and wisdom from some of the top culinary figures in America and beyond. Fullilove has curated an innovative menu with 48 food stations featuring appetizers, entrées, and desserts that complement the unique theme of this year's GRAMMY Celebration.
Following the event, the Recording Academy will once again partner with the charitable organization, Musically Fed, to repurpose leftover food to feed those in need in the local community.
The mission of Musically Fed is to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger. The organization works with artists, promoters, management, and venues nationwide to donate unused backstage meals to community organizations that feed the homeless, hungry and food insecure. The organization is also confirmed to repurpose food from the official telecast and MusiCares Persons of the Year.
Official GRAMMY Celebration partners include IBM, Google Pixel Phone, Mastercard, GREY GOOSE Vodka, Amazon Music, JBL, City National Bank, United Airlines, Hilton, PEOPLE, Frontera Wines, FIJI Water, and SiriusXM.
The 2023 GRAMMY Celebration is a private, ticketed event.
The 2023 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony To Feature Performances From Carlos Vives, Samara Joy, Madison Cunningham, Arooj Aftab & More; Presenters Include Babyface, Jimmy Jam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner & Others
Streaming live on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on live.GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy's YouTube channel, the 2023 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony is where the majority of this year's 91 GRAMMY Awards categories will be awarded.
Officially kicking off the 2023 GRAMMYs, the 65th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will return to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a star-studded celebration of performers, presenters and awards. Taking place Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, just hours before Music's Biggest Night, the 2023 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will stream live on live.GRAMMY.com and on the Recording Academy's YouTube channel.
The beloved annual event, in which the majority of this year's 91 GRAMMY Awards categories will be awarded, will be co-hosted by current GRAMMY nominee Randy Rainbow and will feature an opening number performance by Blind Boys of Alabama, La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia, and additional surprise performers. Other artists scheduled to perform include current nominees Arooj Aftab, Madison Cunningham, Samara Joy, Anoushka Shankar, and Carlos Vives.
Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day include current nominees Babyface, DOMi & JD BECK, Myles Frost, Arturo O'Farrill, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and five-time GRAMMY winner and former Recording Academy Board of Trustees Chair Jimmy Jam. Recording Academy Chair of the Board of Trustees Tammy Hurt will provide opening remarks. Additional talent and co-host to be announced in the coming days.
This year, City National Bank has signed on as the first-ever presenting sponsor of the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony.
All Premiere Ceremony performers and hosts are current nominees at the 2023 GRAMMYs, as are most presenters. Aftab is nominated for Best Global Music Performance ("Udhero Na" with Anoushka Shankar); Babyface is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance ("Keeps On Fallin'" with Ella Mai); Blind Boys of Alabama are nominated for Best Americana Performance ("The Message" with Black Violin); Cunningham is nominated for Best American Roots Performance ("Life According To Raechel") and Best Folk Album (Revealer); DOMi & JD BECK are up for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (NOT TiGHT); Frost is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album (MJ The Musical); Joy is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album (Linger Awhile); La Marisoul is up for Best Tropical Latin Album (Quiero Verte Feliz with La Santa Cecilia); O'Farrill is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album (Fandango At The Wall In New York with The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective); Rainbow is up for Best Comedy Album (A Little Brains, A Little Talent); Shankar is up for Best Global Music Performance ("Udhero Na" with Arooj Aftab) and Best Global Music Album (Between Us… (Live) with Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley Featuring Manu Delago); Vives is nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album (Cumbiana II); and Warner is nominated for Best Spoken Word Poetry Album (Hiding In Plain View).
"We are so excited to kick off GRAMMY Sunday with the Premiere Ceremony ahead of Music's Biggest Night," Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said. "Not only do we have an incredible lineup of presenters and performers, but this ceremony will also reveal the winners in the vast majority of our categories, celebrating this amazing year in music across many of our genre communities."
Following the Premiere Ceremony, the 2023 GRAMMYs will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30 p.m. ET / 5-8:30 p.m. PT.
On GRAMMY Sunday, fans can access exclusive, behind-the-scenes GRAMMYs content, including performances, acceptance speeches, interviews from the GRAMMY Live red-carpet special, and more via the Recording Academy's digital experience on live.GRAMMY.com.