My predicted winners for the 2023 Grammys

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Harry Styles at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2021.

Olivia Chiappelli, Arts Reporter

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards will take place Feb. 5, 2023. The nominations for the ceremony were just announced this past week, which means it is prediction time.

For the sake of your attention spans and my brain capacity, I will only be diving into the four general field categories.

Record of the Year

Right off the bat, for anyone confused about the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year: Record of the Year rewards the artist, producers and engineers responsible for the quality of the actual recording, mixing and mastering of a song, while Song of the Year recognizes the songwriters behind the song. We move on.

I think the frontrunners of this category are definitely going to be Adele with “Easy On Me” and Beyoncé with “Break My Soul,” given that people were already calling this year’s Grammys a showdown between the two artists before they were even confirmed nominees. They both usually dominate every category they are nominated in.

However, and I bet you saw this coming, I think Harry Styles has a really good chance of winning with “As It Was.” Hear me out — as a Styles devotee, I am very familiar with the names of the producers and engineers on this ballot, and they are my crew. 

Styles has largely been collaborating with the same people to make his past three albums and they’re all just basically his friends. When keeping this in mind and thinking about how different “As It Was” sounds compared to past music they have created together, it’s very impressive. That shows range, that shows growth and that shows winning material.

Album of the Year

Again, I think the front runners are going to be Adele with “30” and Beyoncé with “Renaissance,” because of our previously established reasons. I also think it is amazing ABBA is nominated for their 2021 release “Voyage,” the group’s first new album in forty years.

But you know who I want to take home that golden gramophone, and that is Styles for “Harry’s House.” I feel like it’s deserved.

Earlier this year, Styles earned a rare Official Chart Double, scoring a number one album with “Harry’s House” and a number one single with “As It Was” at the same time. “Harry’s House” has continued to be one of the best selling albums of the year.

Song of the Year

Calling back to our fun little history lesson about Record of the Year versus Song of the Year from earlier, this category is fun when looking at just how many songwriters were on each of these songs. I mean — it ranges from one to, like, fifteen.

This is the only general field category that Taylor Swift received a nomination in, given her album “Red (Taylor’s Version)” was a rerecording and she is nominated for her song “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film).” Lots of parentheses, I know.

Don’t come for me, Swifties — I love the ten minute version of “All Too Well” and it was the soundtrack of my fall last year, but you know who I want to win.

I am aware that these predictions have turned into a wishlist and that I have a clear major bias toward Harry Styles, but this is my article and you cannot deny that “As It Was” has dominated since its release on April 1. That’s right — did all that damage in seven months.

“As It Was” did fifteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while most other nominees on this list did one to two weeks, if that, making it the longest running solo number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in history.

Best New Artist

I have no skin in this game, but I do love Wet Leg because of Styles’s cover of their song “Wet Dream,” so I think they deserve the win.