The 65th Grammys took place last night and featured some of the biggest names in music. The show included many performances, tributes, and broken records. SOHH highlights the Grammy’s biggest moments.
The 2023 Grammys celebrated the music industry’s accomplishments and features by artists of all genres. Comedian Trevor Noah hosted the show and provided laughs for the audience, which contained some of the most notable names in entertainment.
Here are five of the biggest moments from the Grammys:
Quavo’s Tribute To Takeoff
Former Migos rapper Quavo honored his late Migos bandmate and nephew Takeoff, who was shot and killed last November. During the show’s “In Memoriam” segment, Quavo performed “Without You,” which he released to pay tribute to Takeoff last month.
Quavo donned an all-black ensemble accessorized with a masquerade mask that covered one eye. On stage, Takeoff’s chain was also hung on a microphone stand, which the “Lamb Talk” rapper later held up in front of the crowd.
Quavo was also joined by the worship music collective Maverick City Music.
Celebration Of The 50th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop
The tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop started with Queens rap legend LL Cool J presenting fellow rap legend Dr. Dre with the Global Impact Award, which will also be named after him. The Queens native then introduced the line of performers to celebrate the anniversary.
The performers consisted of some of rap’s greatest pioneers like LL Cool J himself, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, The Roots, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Rakim, QueenLatifah, Run DMC, The LOX, Public Enemy, and more. New generation rappers joined the stage as well including Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, and GloRilla.
Beyonce’s Historic Night
Music icon Beyoncé made Grammy history with 32 wins. Queen Bey had nine nominations, which was the most of any artist at this year’s Grammys. The awards she won included “Best Dance/Electronic Recording” for “Break My Soul,” “Best R&B Song” for “Cuff It,” and “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “Plastic Off The Sofa.”
Beyoncé is now the first Black woman to win the Grammy for “Best Dance/Electronic Recording” for her latest album, Renaissance.
Legendary music executive Berry Gordy, best known as the founder of Motown Records, was not only in attendance but also honored by some of his former artists. Music icons Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson were both on Motown Records early in their careers and performed some of their classics.
Smokey performed his 1967 hit “Tears Of a Clown,” and Stevie performed the 1964 hit, “The Way You Do The Things You Do” with help from a quartet of teenage boy singers. Country music star Chris Stapleton performed a duet with Stevie for his 1973 hit “Higher Ground.”
DJ Khaled Brings Out The Stars For “GOD DID”
Star producer DJ Khaled had the honor of closing out the Grammys with a star-studded performance of his song, “GOD DID.” The artists on the song were all present, including rap legends Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross. Singers John Legend and Fridayy also provided their vocals in the last performance of the night, which was done outside the Crypto.Com Arena.
While Jay-Z rapped his nearly five-minute verse, he sat at a long table along with the other featured artists, with a setting similar to the “Last Supper.”
Honorable Mention: Star actress Viola Davis won the Grammy for “Best Audio Book Narration and Storytelling Recording” for her memoir, “Finding Me.” Her Grammy win puts her in EGOT status.
JJ Fad Not Impressed
Attendees at The Grammys appeared to be in good spirits. However, some uninvited hip-hop greats were not too pleased. Recently, California female rap group JJ Fad was not too happy with the Grammys after not receiving an invite to the 65th annual event.
Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott & Dr. Dre To Be Honored By The Recording Academy At The Black Music Collective During Grammy Weekend
Rap greats Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, and Dr. Dre were all honored during Grammy weekend at the Black Music Collective by the Recording Academy on Feb. 2.
Each artist was honored for having a career that has lasted at least two decades.