The 65th Grammy Awards was held Sunday, Feb. 5, in Los Angeles, California, at the Crypto.com Arena.
The Recording Academy’s CEO/president Harvey Mason, Jr. made opening remarks at the premiere ceremony, following a performance of “I Just Want to Celebrate” with Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Guy, La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia, Maranda Curtis and Shoshana Bean.
Most of the winners in the R&B field were called at the premiere ceremony. Legendary producer and songwriter Jimmy Jam presented four R&B categories, including Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional Performance, Best Progressive R&B Album and Best R&B Album.
The Best R&B Song category was announced at the main telecast, hosted by Trevor Noah.
Beyoncé, the most-nominated artist this year with nine, took home four trophies, including two in the R&B field.
Below is a list of R&B winners at the 2023 Grammy Awards.
Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Beyoncé, Mary Christine Brockert, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Morten Ristorp, Nile Rodgers & Raphael Saadiq, songwriters (Beyoncé) *WINNER*
“Good Morning Gorgeous”
Mary J. Blige, David Brown, Dernst Emile II, Gabriella Wilson & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)
“Hrs & Hrs”
Hamadi Aaabi, Dylan Graham, Priscilla Renea, Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, Brandon John-Baptiste, Isaac Wriston & Justin Nathaniel Zim, songwriters (Muni Long)
“Hurt Me So Good”
Akeel Henry, Michael Holmes, Luca Mauti, Jazmine Sullivan & Elliott Trent, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
“Please Don’t Walk Away”
PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.
Beyoncé, “Virgo’s Groove”
Lucky Daye, “Over”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Hurt Me So Good”
Mary J. Blige, “Here With Me” featuring Anderson .Paak
Muni Long, “Hrs and Hrs” *WINNER*
Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.
Snoh Aalegra, “Do 4 Love”
Beyoncé, “Plastic Off the Sofa” *WINNER*
Mary J. Blige, “Good Morning Gorgeous”
Babyface, “Keeps On Fallin’” featuring Ella Mai
Adam Blackstone, “‘Round Midnight” featuring Jazmine Sullivan
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Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.
PJ Morton, Watch The Sun
Robert Glasper, Black Radio III *WINNER*
Mary J. Blige, Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)
Chris Brown, Breezy (Deluxe)
Lucky Daye, Candydrip
Best Progressive R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded progressive vocal tracks derivative of R&B.
Cory Henry, Operation Funk
Terrace Martin, Drones
Tank and The Bangas, Red Balloon
Steve Lacy, Gemini Rights *WINNER*
Best Dance/Electronic Recording
“Break My Soul,” Beyoncé
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album