BMI Congratulates its 2023 GRAMMY Award Winners

Posted in News on February 6, 2023

It was an incredible evening for BMI affiliates who made a strong showing at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which were held at the Arena in Los Angeles. The dynamic night of song and celebration was the culmination of GRAMMY weekend, where several awards were presented prior to the broadcast on CBS. Notable multiple winners include Kirk Franklin, who took home four GRAMMYs, Kendrick Lamar and Brandi Carlile who each took home three, as well as Wet Leg (PRS) and Willie Nelson, who each garnered two trophies. Leading up to the main event, on Saturday, Special Merit Awards were given to Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Ann Wilson of Heart, while Lifetime Achievement Awards went to BMI writers Bobby McFerrin, Nile Rodgers, Slick Rick and The Supremes.

Sunday’s ceremony also featured memorable performances by Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Smith (PRS), Luke Combs, Steve Lacy with Thundercat, DJ Khaled with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Fridayy. Mick Fleetwood and Sheryl Crow played a heartfelt tribute to the late Christine McVie, and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, an all-star roster of luminaries like Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi and many more brought the house down.

Below is the full list of BMI winners. Congratulations to all!

General Field

Record of the Year
Lizzo* – “About Damn Time” - Ricky Reed & Blake Slatkin, producers

Album of the Year
Harry Styles* – Harry’s House – Tyler Johnson & Sammy Witte, producers; Jeremy Hatcher & Sammy Witte, engineers/mixers; Tyler Johnson, Mitch Rowland & Sammy Witte, songwriters


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Sam Smith (PRS) – “Unholy”


Best Rock Performance
Brandi Carlile – “Broken Horses”

Best Rock Song
“Broken Horses” - Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)


Best Alternative Music Performance
Wet Leg (PRS) – “Chaise Longue”

Best Alternative Music Album
Wet Leg (PRS)  – Wet Leg


Best R&B Song
“Cuff It” - Mary Christine Brockert, Brittany “Chi” Coney & Nile Rodgers, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Best Progressive R&B Album
Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights


Best Rap Performance
“The Heart Part 5” - Kendrick Lamar

Best Melodic Rap Performance
“Wait for U” - Future Featuring Tems, ATL Jacob, Tejiri Akpoghene, FNZ, 1SRAEL, SPRNGBRK

Best Rap Song
“The Heart Part 5” - Jake Kosich, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar & Matt Schaeffer, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers


Best Country Solo Performance
“Live Forever” - Willie Nelson

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Ashley McBryde

Best Country Song
“’Til You Can’t” - Ben Stennis, songwriter (Cody Johnson)

Best Country Album
Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time

Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant

Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album
White Sun – Mystic Mirror


Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“Endangered Species” - Wayne Shorter & Leo Genovese, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Ghost Song

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis & Nicholas Payton – New Standards, Vol. 1

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson & Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra – Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Congra Patria Son Jarocho Collective – Fandango at the Wall in New York

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music

Best Gospel Performance/Song
“Kingdom” - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore & Jacob Poole, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Fear Is Not My Future” - Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay & Hannah Shackelford, songwriters

Best Gospel Album
Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin – Kingdom Book One (Deluxe)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Maverick City Music – Breathe


Best Latin Pop Album
Christina Aguilera – Aguilera

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Rosalía – Motomami

American Roots Music

Best American Roots Performance
“Stompin’ Ground”- Aaron Neville

Best Americana Album
Brandi Carlile –  In These Silent Days

Best Bluegrass Album
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway – Crooked Tree

Best Traditional Blues Album
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder – Get on Board

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Edgar Winter – Brother Johnny

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Ranky Tanky – Live at the 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Music for Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media
“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok” - Stephanie Economou, composer


Best Instrumental Composition
Geoffrey Keezer, composer – “Refuge”

Package, Notes and Historical

Best Historical Album
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) - Jeff Tweedy, compilation producer (Wilco)


Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical
Tobias Jesso Jr (SOCAN)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Harry’s House - Jeremy Hatcher, Nick Lobel & Sammy Witte, engineers (Harry Styles)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff

Best Immersive Audio Album
Divine Tides - Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej, immersive producers (Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej)


Best Classical Instrumental Solo
“Letters for the Future” - Time For Three (The Philadelphia Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium
An Adoption Story - Starr Parodi; Jeff Fair & Starr Parodi, producers

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
“Puts: Contact” - Kevin Puts, composer (Xian Zhang, Time for Three & The Philadelphia Orchestra)

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well: The Short Film”

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