British stars Harry Styles and Adele are frontrunners for the 2023 Grammy Awards, shortlisted for the biggest awards of the night alongside Lizzo, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, who is now tied with husband Jay-Z for the title of most nominated artist of all time.

Beyoncé leads the nominations with nine, bringing her career total to 88 — now the same as her rapper husband, who earned five this year for his songwriting efforts on DJ Khaled God Did, as well as his work on his wife’s album Renaissance and on the single Break My Soul.

She is against Styles, Adele, Lamar And Lizzo in the album of the year, song of the year and record of the year categories, three of the Gram the biggest prizes of the ceremony.

Kendrick Lamar headlined Glastonbury earlier this year. Photo: AP Photo/Scott Garfitt

The most decorated woman in show business history with 28 wins, Beyonce could break the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti’s record for most awards won if she takes home four gongs next year. Solti, with 31 Grammys, has held the record since 1997.

The nominations once again pitted her against Adele: the British star won album of the year in 2017, but said onstage that the award should have gone to US artists Lemonade.

Following her return to the spotlight in 2021 with fourth album 30, which topped the charts in both the UK and US, Adele has also been nominated in categories including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Film, for Adele: One Night Only – which marked the singer’s career comeback with an interview by Oprah Winfrey and a concert at the Griffith Observatory.

Meanwhile, Styles continued a banner year which saw him nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize; Chart-topping third album Harry’s House earned nods for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Non-Engineered (Non-Classical) Album, while hit track As It Was received nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance, song of the year, best music video, and record of the year.

With 91 categories celebrating genres from rock and rap to country and comedy in 2023, Lamar is the second favorite with eight nods, while Adele and Brandi Carlile have seven, and Styles joins other artists including Mary J Blige and DJ Khaled with six.

Wet Leg are shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize. Photo: Hollie Fernando
Wet Leg – Even Barack Obama is a fan: Pic: Hollie Fernando

Upcoming British indie rock duo Wet Leg, also shortlisted for the Mercury Prize earlier this year, and overturned by Barack Obamano less – he also earned a nomination in one of the big categories, best new artist, alongside Eurovision 2021 winners Maneksin.

Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Steve Lacy and Bad Bunny are also among the big names nominated, with Bad Bunny making history with the nomination for first Spanish-language album of the year for Un Verano Sin Ti.

Heralded by stars including Olivia Rodrigo, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Machine Gun Kelly and Smokey Robinson, nearly half of the 2023 nominees are women and more than half are people of color, according to the Recording Academy, which organizes the awards.

New categories include Songwriter of the Year and Alternative Music Performance, which Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr says will help diversify the 65th annual awards. There will also be a special merit award for the best song for social change, based on lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue.

Joe Wadsworth, musicologist and founder of The Online Recording Studio, said that with Adele and Styles among the big nominees, next year’s awards ceremony could be “the most successful for British artists in a generation”.

“Nods for Adele and Harry Styles were expected in many of the top categories, but it’s great to see recognition for the likes of Wet Leg as well,” he said. “The Isle of Wight band’s three nominations, including Best New Artist, will surely make up for missing out on last month’s Mercury Prize.”

Main category candidates

ABBA is back!  Pictured: Baillie Walsh
ABBA are also among the nominees for album of the year. Pictured: Baillie Walsh

Album of the Year
Journey – ABBA
30 – Adele
Un Verano Sin Ti – Bad Bunny
Renaissance – Beyonce
Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) – Mary J Blige
These Silent Days – Brandi Carlile
The music of the spheres – Coldplay
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar
Special – Lizzo
Harry’s House – Harry Styles

Record of the year
Don’t turn me off – ABBA
Go easy on me – Adele
Break my soul – Beyoncé
Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige
You and I on the rock – Brandi Carlile with Lucius
Woman – Cat Doja
Bad Habit – Steve Lacy
The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar
Speaking of cursed time – Lizzo
How it was – Harry Styles

Song of the Year (Songwriter Award)
abcdefu – Sara Davis, GAYLE and Dave Pittenger
About Damn Time – Lizzo, Eric Frederic, Blake Slatkin and Theron Makiel Thomas
All Too Well (10 Minute Version – The Short Film) – Liz Rose and Taylor Swift
As It Was – Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles
Bad Habit – Matthew Castellanos, Brittany Foushee, Diana Gordon, John Carroll Kirby and Steve Lacy
Break My Soul – Beyonce, S Carter, Terius The Dream Gesteelde-Diamant and Christopher A Stewart
Go easy on me – Adele Adkins and Greg Kurstin
God Did – Tarik Azzouz, E Blackmon, Khaled Khaled, F LeBlanc, Jay-Z, John Stephens, Dwayne Carter, William Roberts and Nicholas Warwar
The Heart Part 5 – Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar and Matt Schaeffer
That’s right – Bonnie Raitt

Best New Artist
Omar Apollo
DOMi & JD Beck
Mun Long
Samara Joy
Tobe Nwigwe
Molly Tuttle
Wet leg.

Songwriter of the Year
Amy Allen
Nija Carlo
Tobias Jesso Jr
The dream
Laura Velz

The 65th Grammy Awards will take place on February 5, 2023 at the Arena in Los Angeles.

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