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2023 GRAMMYs Explained: 6 Reasons To Be Excited About The New Categories & Changes

The Recording Academy has announced five new GRAMMY Awards categories to be awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs, among other category amendments and ​​updates. Here are six key takeaways from this thrilling development.

GRAMMYs/Jun 10, 2022 - 07:18 pm

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 Arena in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Nominations for the 2023 GRAMMYs will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Big news for fans of deep songwriting, meditative sounds, video game soundtracks, spoken word poetry, socially conscious songs, classical & opera, and everything in between: The 2023 GRAMMYs have your back.

On June 9, the Recording Academy announced some exciting, new changes going into effect at the 2023 GRAMMYs, including the introduction of five new GRAMMY Awards categories: Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical; Best Alternative Music Performance; Best Americana Performance; Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media; and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.

As we head into the 2023 GRAMMYs season, learn more about these significant changes.

In the meantime, is breaking down six key takeaways from these newly announced categories and changes you'll see unfold at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

The 2023 GRAMMY nominations are officially here. See the complete list of nominees across all 91 GRAMMY categories.

Songwriters & The Art Of Songwriting Are Being Elevated — Deservedly

It's time for songwriters to get more shine! While the Recording Academy has honored producers and artists with GRAMMYs for decades, songwriters are getting a much-deserved standalone category next year: Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical.

In effect, the Songwriter Of The Year category serves to further highlight the arts in "National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences," celebrating professional songwriters behind the curtain of the songs that have changed our lives.

"We want people to understand that there are people behind these songs, who create a piece of art from nothing," Susan Stewart, Managing Director of the Recording Academy's Songwriters & Composers Wing, told "We want to make sure they're recognized. It's an amazing profession."

Read More: Why The New Songwriter Of The Year GRAMMY Category Matters For The Music Industry And Creator Community

Alternative & Americana Music Are Getting More Room For Celebration

By the looks of the 2022 GRAMMYs winners and nomineesBrandi Carlile, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, St. Vincent, Yola, et al — we're in a boom period for Americana and alternative music.

The Recording Academy reflected this by expanding both fields, introducing the categories of Best Alternative Music Performance and Best Americana Performance.

Gaming Is Massive, And The Academy Is Taking Notice

Video games have generated massive revenue since their invention, but the market is particularly exploding today — partly due to the pandemic. According to Bloomberg, global games market revenue is forecast to reach $219 billion by 2024.

The world is coming around to the depth of artistry in video game music, too, as reflected at the 2021 GRAMMYs when the 8-Bit Big Band's Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman won the GRAMMY for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for "Meta Knight's Revenge" from "Kirby Superstar."

Ever perceptive of the rise of gaming and gaming-related music, the Recording Academy is introducing a new GRAMMY category for Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media.

Who will take home the GRAMMY in 2023 and beyond? Let the (video) games begin!

Socially Conscious Music Is Getting More Space Than Ever

Socially conscious songs by artists like Childish Gambino ("This Is America") and H.E.R. ("Fight For You") have dotted GRAMMY nominations and winners lists in recent years.

And while those songs wholly deserved their places in categories like Song Of The Year, the current sociopolitical landscape demands that songs with a social-justice tint get their own breathing room to flourish at the GRAMMYs.

For the 2023 GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy is introducing a brand-new Special Merit Award: Best Song For Social Change. Determined by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, this honor celebrates songs that address timely social issues and promote understanding, peace-building and empathy.

Given that the Recording Academy is spearheading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as industry leaders in music, the institution of the Best Song For Social Change category makes total sense. For not only does it reflect the values of the Recording Academy — it reflects the world we live in today.

A Win For Meditative Music Of All Stripes

Does "Best New Age Album" fully encapsulate the spectrum of meditative and atmospheric music? Clearly, a larger blanket was needed — for artists ranging from traditional chant to beguiling ambient soundscapes and everything in between.

Thus, the Academy has renamed and redefined the GRAMMY field and category to celebrate all of the expansive genre: New Age, Ambient Or Chant.

In a world of enhanced awareness of mental health and wellness, immerse yourself in this sphere in all its multitudes — with a little help from the GRAMMYs.

Read More: 15 Songs That Directly Address Mental Health, From The Beatles To Ariana Grande To Encanto

Elevating Classical & Musical Theater Musicians Of All Practices

Notice anything different about the Classical categories in this week's announcement?

To recap: Category definitions in the Classical Field have been updated to award composers and librettists in addition to artists, producers and engineers.

In the Musical Theater Field, the category definitions have been updated to award composers and lyricists of more than 50 percent of the score of a new recording.

(Elsewhere, the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media category will now recognize principal artists and in-studio producers.)

With all of these combined updates, even more creators of diverse roles and backgrounds will now be represented and celebrated in the GRAMMYs sphere.

But for now, let's dive into the 2023 GRAMMY season with an enhanced view and understanding of music, musicians, and all music people — all of which are represented in the Recording Academy's updated categories and fields.

New Categories For The 2023 GRAMMYs Announced: Songwriter Of The Year, Best Video Game Soundtrack, Best Song For Social Change & More Changes

 The 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, returns to Los Angeles' 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 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.

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Beyoncé at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Beyoncé's Heartfelt Speech For Her Record-Breaking Win In 2023

Relive the night Beyoncé received a gramophone for Best Dance/Electronic Album for 'RENAISSANCE' at the 2023 GRAMMYS — the award that made her the most decorated musician in GRAMMY history.

GRAMMYs/Feb 2, 2024 - 05:12 pm

Six years after her last solo studio album, Beyoncé returned to the music industry with a bang thanks to RENAISSANCE. In homage to her late Uncle Johnny, she created a work of art inspired by the sounds of disco and house that wasn't just culturally impactful — it was history-making.

At the 2023 GRAMMYs, RENAISSANCE won Best Dance/Electronic Album. Marking Beyoncé's 32nd golden gramophone, the win gave the superstar the record for most gramophones won by an individual act.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the historic moment Queen Bey took the stage to accept her record-breaking GRAMMY at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

"Thank you so much. I'm trying not to be too emotional," Beyoncé said at the start of her acceptance speech. "I'm just trying to receive this night."

With a deep breath, she began to list her praises that included God, her family, and the Recording Academy for their continued support throughout her career. 

"I'd like to thank my Uncle Johnny, who is not here, but he's here in spirit," Beyoncé proclaimed. "I'd like to thank the queer community for your love and inventing this genre."

Watch the video above for Beyoncé's full speech for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2023 GRAMMYs. Check back to for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind. 

Tune into the 2024 GRAMMYs on Sunday, Feb. 4, airing live on the CBS Television Network (8-11:30 p.m. LIVE ET/5-8:30 p.m. LIVE PT) and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs).

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Lizzo at the 2023 GRAMMYs

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GRAMMY Rewind: Lizzo Thanks Prince For His Influence After "About Damn Time" Wins Record Of The Year In 2023

Watch Lizzo describe how Prince’s empowering sound led her to “dedicate my life to positive music” during her Record Of The Year acceptance speech for “About Damn Time” at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

GRAMMYs/Jan 19, 2024 - 06:00 pm

Since the start of her career, four-time GRAMMY winner Lizzo has been making music that radiates positive energy. Her Record Of The Year win for "About Damn Time" at the 2023 GRAMMYs proved that being true to yourself and kind to one another always wins.

Travel back to revisit the moment Lizzo won her award in the coveted category in this episode of GRAMMY Rewind. 

"Um, huh?" Lizzo exclaimed at the start of her acceptance speech. "Let me tell you something. Me and Adele are having a good time, just enjoying ourselves and rooting for our friends. So, this is an amazing night. This is so unexpected."

Lizzo kicked off her GRAMMY acceptance speech by acknowledging Prince's influence on her sound. "When we lost Prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music," she said. "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."

As tracks like "Good as Hell" and "Truth Hurts" scaled the charts, she noticed more body positivity and self-love anthems from other artists. "I'm just so proud to be a part of it," she cheered.

Most importantly, Lizzo credited staying true to herself despite the pushback for her win. "I promise that you will attract people in your life who believe in you and support you," she said in front of a tearful audience that included Beyoncé and Taylor Swift in standing ovation, before giving a shout-out to her team, family, partner and producers on the record, Blake Slatkin and Ricky Reed

Watch the video above for Lizzo's complete acceptance speech for Record Of The Year at the 2023 GRAMMYs. Check back to for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind, and be sure to tune into the 2024 GRAMMYs on Sunday, Feb. 4, airing live on the CBS Television Network (8-11:30 p.m. LIVE ET/5-8:30 p.m. LIVE PT) and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs).

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Harry Styles at the 2023 GRAMMYs.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Harry Styles Celebrates His Fellow Nominees (And His Biggest Fan) After Album Of The Year Win In 2023

Revisit the moment Harry Styles accepted the most coveted award of the evening for 'Harry's House' and offered a heartfelt nod to his competitors — Beyoncé, Adele, Lizzo, Coldplay and more.

GRAMMYs/Jan 5, 2024 - 06:00 pm

After a wildly successful debut and sophomore record, you'd think it was impossible for Harry Styles to top himself. Yet, his third album, Harry's House, proved to be his most prolific yet.

The critically acclaimed project first birthed Styles' record-breaking, chart-topping single, "As It Was," then landed three more top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Late Night Talking," "Music for a Sushi Restaurant" and "Matilda." The album and "As It Was" scored Styles six nominations at the 2023 GRAMMYs — and helped the star top off his massive Harry's House era with an Album Of The Year win.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit Styles' big moment from last year's ceremony, which was made even more special by his superfan, Reina Lafantaisie. Host Trevor Noah (who will return as emcee for the 2024 GRAMMYs) handed the mic to Lafantaisie to announce Styles as the winner, and the two shared a celebratory hug before Styles took the mic.

"I've been so, so inspired by every artist in this category," said Styles, who was up against other industry titans like Beyoncé, Adele, Lizzo and Coldplay. "On nights like tonight, it's important for us to remember that there is no such thing as 'best' in music. I don't think any of us sit in the studio, making decisions based on what will get us [an award]."

Watch the video above to see Harry Styles' complete acceptance speech alongside his collaborators Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson. Check back to for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind, and be sure to tune into the 2024 GRAMMYs on Sunday, Feb. 4, airing live on the CBS Television Network (8 -11:30 p.m. LIVE ET/5-8:30 p.m. LIVE PT) and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs).

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2023 Latin GRAMMY Nominees: Songwriter Of The Year
Keityn, Elena Rose and Nabález are three of the six nominees for Songwriter Of The Year at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs.

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Meet The 2023 Latin GRAMMY Nominees For Songwriter Of The Year

In a roundtable discussion, nominees Felipe "Nabález" González Abad, Elena Rose and Kevyn "Keityn" Mauricio Cruz discuss creating hits for some of Latin music's biggest acts, their creative processes, and more.

GRAMMYs/Nov 15, 2023 - 02:17 pm

The people behind the lyrics of this year's biggest songs will be recognized at the 24th Latin GRAMMY Awards. For the first time, the Songwriter Of The Year category was created to put a spotlight on Latin music's composers.

The Latin Recording Academy is highlighting the wordsmiths of Latin music with the Songwriter Of The Year category. To be eligible for the new category, songwriters must have written or co-written six songs during the eligibility period without also being involved as an artist, producer, or engineer. 

The six nominees this year hail from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. Mexican American producer Edgar Barrera, who is the most-nominated person of the year with 13 nods, had a hand in writing hits like Manuel Turizo's "La Bachata" and Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny's genre-bending collaboration "Un x100to." Colombian songwriter Kevyn "Keityn" Mauricio Cruz — who co-penned Karol G and Shakira's girl power anthem "TQG," as well as Bizarrap's global smash "Shakira: BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53" — follows with seven nominations. 

Venezuelan American singer Elena Rose and Colombian musician Felipe González Abad ( also known as Nabález) are two nominees who perform and compose music. Barrera, Spanish songwriter Manuel Lorente Freire (a.k.a. Spread LOF), and Mexican singer/songwriter Horacio Palencia declined to be part of this roundtable interview. In honor of the new category, caught up with Cruz, Rose, and Abad about the work of Latin songwriters and the importance of this recognition.

How do you feel about being nominated for the first ever Songwriter Of The Year award?

Felipe "Nabález" González Abad: It is such an honor. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a lot of respect for songwriting and songwriters. Being a part of this first-ever category means the world because I want to keep doing this for the rest of my life. I’d love to still be a songwriter when I’m 70 years old! . It feels kind of surreal that I get to be nominated with songwriters that I follow and always have as a reference when I write songs. 

Kevyn "Keityn" Mauricio Cruz: I'm grateful and happy to be nominated seven times at the 2023 Latin GRAMMY Awards, and in this special occasion for Songwriter Of The Year, which is the first time this category exists. I feel blessed. I already feel like a winner with this nomination. To be nominated with Edgar, Manuel, and a lot of people who are friends of mine, I love it!

Elena Rose: It's a profound honor to be nominated alongside such talented individuals whom I deeply admire and respect. I'm so grateful to the Latin Recording Academy for recognizing and creating a space for those of us behind the songs. To be acknowledged in this manner, especially as a Latina woman, reinforces the belief that dreams are within reach.

Why is it important to you that this category now exists?

González Abad: Music isn’t meant to be made by a single person. You can have the ability to produce, to write, sing, even do your own marketing strategy but sooner or later you have to have a team. We songwriters are at the beginning of that "creativity chain" and we’re the first players of that musical team where the music game begins. 

A beautiful studio production without a great song won’t transcend as much. Without good songs, there’s simply no music industry. Having a songwriter category is one of the best ways to deliver this message and to have a space where songwriters are heard and awarded.

Mauricio Cruz: Because I feel like we're equally as important as the singer and the producer. All three of those components make a song. The lyrics are like the soul of the song. Before our work wasn't seen as that important. Now it's time to put importance on the recognition that a songwriter deserves.

Rose: This award sheds light on the multifaceted roles within the industry that often go unnoticed. It's a misconception that one can only be at the forefront as an artist. Each of us can carve our niche, and my aspiration is to inspire young girls to venture beyond the conventional. This recognition is not just for me, but a testament to the resilient women before me who paved the way. It's a tribute to those who ensured that doors would be open for the next generation.

How would you describe the experience of hearing the words you write come to life as songs?

González Abad: It’s a feeling of great responsibility. You have to be careful about what you mean and actually convey in your lyrics because not only might an artist you grew up listening to sing it, but also probably 30,000 people in a large venue! It also feels amazing, powerful, and it really feels like you’re putting your part in the history of music. Whenever I see a crowd singing something I wrote, I always think back to being in the studio when I was writing that part, and it is very inspiring.

Mauricio Cruz: Karol G is someone who has believed in me since day one. The day I arrived in Medellín with [my manager] Juan Camilo Vargas, who is a friend of Karol's, he showed her my work and she loved it. Every time we get together, the magic between me, her, and [her producer] Ovy on the Drums, leads to something great. They're like family. With Shakira as well, it's been amazing. I've learned a lot from her. She's on another level and has a different way of writing lyrics. She's another person with whom I share a beautiful friendship with. 

Rose: Every time I get on an Uber in a different country that's not my homeland, or when I'm somewhere else and hear one of those songs, they often feel like messages from God, signaling that everything is OK. Even if it's a tune written by a friend of mine, it feels like a sign that I'm on the right track, fulfilling my purpose. It reminds me to remain grateful and that our hard work has a deeper purpose.

How would you describe your songwriting process when you're working with an artist?

Mauricio Cruz: I always try to work off of the vibe. I always try to find a way for there to be a good environment for us to work in, so beautiful things can come out of it. So that it doesn't feel forced. Because of that, me and the artists have a good connection. I always try to be a good person, not only a good songwriter, and that leads to great things. 

González Abad: Empathy! It starts with being kind, having respect for one another, connecting on a social level before seeking inspiration. Literally, good vibes. You can later on write the saddest song in the world, but if there’s no connection before, I doubt a good song will come out. 

After that’s done, there’s always somebody that has an idea, a potential title, a life-changing experience, a heartbreak, a romantic feeling, a hook, a melody, the beginning of a verse, or probably just has the idea of doing something similar they heard on a song they or I liked. Then, it’s just a matter of getting some melodies in, connecting with the lyrics and putting the song together.

Rose: My songwriting process is deeply spiritual and authentic. Before diving into the songwriting, I prioritize establishing a genuine connection. I always begin by speaking with the artist, trying to understand where they are emotionally and mentally. It's important for me to remind them of their unique greatness and to assure them that our collaboration is purposeful. 

For me, the session serves as a sacred space for venting, healing, and infusing intention into our shared narrative. My role, as I see it, is to be there for them, offering reassurance, comfort, and a haven during our time together. My primary goal is to translate their emotions into words and music, serving their needs in the duration of our session.

What is your advice for people that want to get into songwriting?

González Abad: Be honest. Music is for the fans but you as a creator, you are the first fan your song has to have! So be a fan of your work. Always ask yourself, If I don’t like this or if I’m not really feeling this or the path, how can I expect somebody else to vibe with this? This does not mean you can never be in uncomfortable sessions or positions as a songwriter in the studio — discomfort throughout the process is great! But the result has to always sit well at the end for you as a creator. 

Also, understand that delivering your ideas to your co-writers in the studio is just as important as listening to their ideas, melodies, hooks or lyrics. Don’t be that person that never listens. Silence is always key! Be comfortable around silence, awkward and quiet moments. Read the room.

Mauricio Cruz: Don't try to be like anyone else. It's fine to be inspired by other people, but be yourself. Progress doesn't happen in a straight line. Try to embrace what makes you standout. 

Rose: My advice to everyone is to always be mindful of the people you keep around you. Never be in a room where you feel you're the most accomplished. If you find you're the best in that room, you're in the wrong one. Remember, silence can also be music, so listen more and observe. What you have to offer is special and given to you by God. Stay confident and believe you've got this.

What can we expect from next that you can tell us?

González Abad: I am currently exploring a lot. Playing with regional music, electronic music, cumbia, and ballads. Latin music is at a very high peak but there is still so much we can do as songwriters and producers. So, expect a lot of new cumbia songs, even new styles of '90s pop ballads, and even electronic dance music with Latin artists.

Mauricio Cruz: There's more songs coming. Next year, I'll be coming back even stronger. I'm working on a project with Edgar that I can't talk too much about yet. There's big things coming with him. What we've worked on together before is incredible, but what's on the way is even bigger. 

Rose: I'm currently pouring my heart and soul into my debut album, with a strong emphasis on my journey as an artist. The beauty of having been a songwriter for other artists is that they've become my guides and mentors. Their experiences and guidance have not only shown me the essence of being a contemporary artist but also made me realize that I have my own unique voice that needs to be heard.

What do you see for the future of songwriters in Latin music?

González Abad: Practicality. I love when songwriting is taken to a very human level where everybody can understand the lyrics to a song, no matter the genre. If you look at a beautiful bolero, the lyrics are very poetic to us in 2023, but nowadays lyrics are very practical. There could be a chorus with something I can text my girlfriend on a Friday night. Straight to the point. I love that. Also, AI is a big topic nowadays but I’m not afraid of AI replacing songwriters. I don’t think it’ll happen.

Mauricio Cruz: I believe we're going to get to a point where we're more respected. The songwriters of today are working hard so that tomorrow our very important craft is more respected. There's nothing more beautiful than leaving a legacy that marks a before and after in this way to make it easier for the next songwriters coming up.

Rose: Looking ahead with love, as I often do, I see many beautiful things unfolding both for the creatives and within the industry. I sense a growing respect for songwriting, recognizing it as a potent medium for dream fulfillment. I hope it continues to serve as a platform for powerful messages that can transform lives. Every word we pen as songwriters holds immense power, and the world is in dire need of positive and impactful messages. I'm optimistic about the direction we're headed.

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