Viola Davis consistently gives a master class on how to be a world-class thespian in everything she does. To show for it, she has been highly decorated with two Tony Awards, an Emmy, and even an Oscar no less. Now, she’s *this* close to getting the coveted EGOT: that is Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. The 2023 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and guess who’s nominated in the Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording category?
That’s right, her audio recording for her 2022 memoir Finding Me could make her the 18th member of the EGOT group, like living legends Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, and Rita Morena.
Queen Viola Davis is nominated for her first Grammy. If she wins, she’ll have her EGOT! pic.twitter.com/SVuXwdADHA— gloria alamrew / ግሎርያ 🇪🇹🌻 (@GloriaAlamrew) November 15, 2022
That’s not the only exciting detail about the just-announced Grammy nods. Here are some of the fun facts, tidbits, and factoids that are set to make the 2023 ceremony something definitely to remember.
Bad Bunny has made history by becoming the first artist nominated for Album of the Year for an entirely Spanish language album
HISTORIC! Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” has been nominated for “Album Of The Year” at the 2023 Grammy Awards. #GRAMMYs— Access Bad Bunny ☀️🌊❤️ (@AccessBadBunny) November 15, 2022
— It’s the first time in the history of the awards that a Spanish-language album competes in the category. 🏝️❤️ pic.twitter.com/TdPS1D6AH8
It may boggle the mind, but a Spanish-language album has never been nominated for AOTY in 65 years. Bad Bunny’s album Un Verano Sin Ti has just ended that streak. Sure he’s up against some major competition, like ABBA, Adele, Beyonce, Coldplay, Lizzo, and Harry Styles, but considering that he’s also dominating the Latin Grammy nominations, and has already won two previous Grammys, he’s got a real shot at taking over the world here.
Beyonce is poised to make history as the most decorated Grammy winner ever
The album they leaked and tried to convince people that it was “bad” not only has sales and success but NINE Grammy nominations, making Beyoncé the most nominated artist in history.. Beyoncé you’ll always have the last laugh 😭 pic.twitter.com/bPM8ORXMpA— Niamh🥀 (Fan Acc) (@msyonceslay) November 15, 2022
“Brown Skin Girl” singer Beyonce has secured nine Grammy nods this year, making her the most-nominated artist in Grammy history (when you include all of her previous nominations over the past 25 years of course). She’s now surpassed her main squeeze and hubby Jay-Z for most noms ever, and she’s also the first woman to hold that record (sorry Madonna). In addition to shattering that glass ceiling until it’s just shards, now she just needs to win four of those categories. If she does, she will become the only person in history to be the most Grammy-decorated ever (surpassing conductor Sir Georg Solti, who currently holds the title). Queen Bey understood the assignment.
Where are all the Canadians, eh?
looking at the grammy nominations keeping in mind silk sonic, drake and the weeknd withdrew their eligible songs 😅— spooky black. 👻 (@Tuhnahkuh) November 15, 2022
Looking at the noms, it’s pretty devoid of Canadians, who usually clean up nicely come music awards season, but there’s a reason for that. Toronto boys Drake and The Weeknd have once again opted out of the nomination process in protest. Neither submitted their solo music for consideration. The Weeknd started his protest in 2021 when his runaway hit album After Hours received zero noms. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said at the time, and, even after the Recording Academy changed some of its rules. Drake has been pretty vocal about his dislike for the award show over the years. He skipped it in 2017, and was not pleased “Hotline Bling” was nominated for in the Rap category when it was clearly a Pop song.
Hello new categories!
They made 5 new Grammy categories? pic.twitter.com/kmQ1RemxjA— tony (@theytwentyfour) November 15, 2022
Award shows are always trying to mix it up and keep audiences on their toes. Categories appear and disappear at a whim. This year, some new categories include Songwriter of the Year and Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games.
Hey Grammy's, can you not?
Louis CK got a grammy nom? Tell me again how sexual assault allegations destroy mens' careers— Sammy⁷ 🌌⭐👨🚀 (@JJKsuperhero) November 15, 2022
That's just awful
Grammy's gonna Gram, it seems, despite public outcry and at the best for change. Many controversial people who have been accused, convicted, or have outright admitted to misconduct are nominated this year. In the Best Comedy Album category are Louis C.K. who admitted to sexual misconduct, and Dave Chappelle, who’s Netflix special The Closer is accused of transphobia and sparking a Netflix-employee walkout. Arcade Fire’s WE is in the running for Best Alternative Music Album, despite Win Butler’s numerous sexual misconduct allegations, and convicted abuser Chris Brown, who also faces some serious rape accusations, is up for Best R&B Album.
The Grammy's will take place on February 5, 2023, in LA.