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Bad Bunny Grammys 2023 Performance

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At the 2023 Grammys, Bad Bunny made history with his “World’s Hottest Tour” performance. Bad Bunny opened the 65th annual awards show with a mashup of “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa,” accompanied by a live band that had Jack Harlow and Taylor Swift on their feet dancing to the infectious merengue beats.

Bad Bunny And Taylor Swift Grammys 2023

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Bad Bunny Grammys 2023 Costumes

Dressed in vibrant costumes, with oversized cartoon heads of famous Puerto Rican figures such as Roberto Clemente, Tego Calderón, and Andy Montañez, dancers floated through the crowd as Bad Bunny put on an electrifying show. The CBS broadcast struggled to keep up with his rapid pace and was forced to caption the performance as “Singing in Non-English”.

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Bad Bunny Grammy Nominations 2023

This year, Bad Bunny made history with his fourth solo studio effort, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” being nominated for the coveted Album of the Year category at the Grammys. This 23-song set is the first all-Spanish language album to be nominated in this category, competing against ABBA’s “Voyage,” Adele’s “30,” Beyonce’s “Renaissance,” Mary J. Blige’s “Good Morning Gorgeous,” Brandi Carlile’s “In These Silent Days,” Coldplay’s “Music Of The Sphere,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,” Lizzo’s “Special,” and Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House.”

Bad Bunny made history as the first Latin artist to headline Coachella, prior to the 65th annual Grammy ceremony. His success is clear, having been Spotify’s most-streamed artist globally for three consecutive years and receiving a nomination for best música urbana album with “Un Verano Sin Ti”. This will be Bad Bunny’s first performance at the Grammys, after his 2021 Latin Grammy performance. With 26 total nominations and five wins since 2017, he has already won three Grammys and continues to blaze a path of success in the music industry.

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Bad Bunny & Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner, the reigning queen of Coachella, made her return to the annual music festival this year to show her support for her rumoured partner Bad Bunny. She was spotted dancing to his performance of “Depués de la Playa” and a video of it went viral on TikTok – it was simply adorable! In addition to performing at the festival, Bad Bunny also celebrated his takeover with an exclusive adidas Originals Coachella popup.

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Bad Bunny Venturing Beyond Music

Recently, Bad Bunny has ventured beyond music and into the world of film. He was featured in the Sundance Film Festival selection “Cassandro” and the summer action blockbuster “Bullet Train” alongside Brad Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Additionally, he is set to star in Sony’s “Spider-Man” villain spinoff “El Muerto” in 2024.

Bad Bunny Acceptance Speech Grammy 2023

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What Else Happened At The Grammys 2023?

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards was a memorable one, with many historic milestones achieved.

Besides Bad Bunny Grammy 2023 performance, Beyoncé earned her 32nd Grammy win, the most all-time, while Bad Bunny made history with his album of the year nomination for a project in Spanish.

Viola Davis achieved EGOT status after winning Best Audio Book Narration and Storytelling for her memoir “Finding Me”. The show celebrated 50 years of hip-hop music with a medley of performers from multiple generations.

Additionally, a new award honouring social justice was presented to Iranian artist Shervin Hajipour.

Grammy Winners 2023

Besides the Grammys 2023 Bad Bunny performance, the biggest honours of the night were awarded to: Album of the Year – “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles; Record of the Year – “About Damn Time” by Lizzo; Song of the Year – “Just Like That” written by Bonnie Raitt; and Best New Artist – Samara Joy.

Click here to view all of the Grammy nominations 2023.

Madonna Grammys 2023

In response to the unnecessary comments made online about her appearance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Madonna addressed her critics. She had been on stage to announce Sam Smith and Kim Petras’s performance of “Unholy.”

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She said, “Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim- Many people chose to only talk about Close-up photos of me Taken with a long lens camera By a press photographer that Would distort anyone’s face!!”

“Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in,” she continued. “A world that refuses to celebrate women past the age of 45 and feels the need to punish her if she continues to be strong-willed, hard-working and adventurous.

Sam Smith Grammys Controversial Performance

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Last week, Sam Smith and Kim Petras’s performance at the Grammys caused controversy, with many deeming it ‘satanic’ and filing dozens of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and CBS. Reports obtained by TMZ show that at least 18 of these complaints were made.

Taylor Swift Grammys 2023

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Taylor Swift began her 2023 Grammy experience at the non-televised Premiere Ceremony, where she won best music video for All Too Well: The Short Film, bringing her total career wins to 12. She was also nominated in three other categories: song of the Year for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version),” best country song for “I Bet You Think About Me” and best song written for visual media for “Carolina [From Where the Crawdads Sing].” These nominations brought Swift’s career Grammys tally up to an impressive 46.

How Can I Watch The Grammys?

Here is everything you need to know about how you can watch the Grammys. From the correct channels to what time the ceremony starts!

How Many Award Categories Are There In The Grammys?

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The number of categories varies year on year. For 2023, there were 91 categories to cover multiple roles across many genres. 

The Grammy’s highly contested categories include: 

  • Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Record of the Year
  • Best Pop Group Performance
  • Song of the Year
  • Best Dance Album
  • Album of the Year
  • Best New Artist

Other key genres include Progressive RnB, Country, Jazz, Rock, Global Music and Rap. 

What Impact Has The Ceremony Had On The Music Industry?

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Over the years, the Grammys have had to adapt to a changing industry and a changing world. 

The awards ceremony, however, has been put under pressure to stay relevant as well as accountable. 

2020 will be remembered as the year of the pandemic. And an explosive period of global protests in support of Black Lives Matter. 

The politically charged atmosphere has led to an increased spotlight on racism in all areas. Including the music industry.

Earlier in the year of 2021, Tyler the Creator took on the Grammy management to critique implicit racism in the award category, ‘Urban Music’. He said, “I don’t like that ‘urban’ word, it’s just a politically correct way to say the ‘n-word to me.” 

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He described his win of ‘Best Rap Album’ as a “backhanded compliment”. Arguing that the awards perpetuated musical segregation by categorising black musicians in the ‘urban’ or ‘rap’ categories. 

The name ‘Urban Music’ has now been changed to ‘Progressive RnB’. But the hope was that ‘urban’ would integrate with pop. This was in order to give black artists the opportunity to compete with white musicians.

Similarly, World Music was renamed Global Music.

Recently, The Weeknd has gone public about how his AMA award-winning After Hours album has failed to gain a nomination. Allegedly, due to corruption in the judging process.

The Weeknd’s criticism of racism in nominations this year has been supported by Drake. He also highlighted the absence of the likes of PartyNextDoor and Popcaan.

Nicki Minaj also challenged the Grammys. With a reminder that she wasn’t nominated for Best New Artist that year she had 7 songs on the Billboard charts

What Was The Response? – Bad Bunny Grammy 2023 Performance

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The response from the Grammys, however, has been constructive. 

This year, the Recording Academy founded Black Music Collective. It is being led by an incredibly dynamic and powerful leadership council of industry greats. Such as John Legend and Terri Lynn Carrington. 

The body is focused on the recognition, inclusion, and advancement of black music creators. Both within the Recording Academy and the Grammys. As well as holistically in the music industry

Grammy award winners and nominees experience transformational opportunities and exposure through the awards ceremony. The hope is that Black Music Collective will foster a further appreciation of black artists

Summary – Bad Bunny Grammys 2023

The 2023 Grammy Awards were a huge success, with a star-studded lineup of performers and a diverse range of awards presented across a variety of genres. The night was filled with memorable performances and moments, and the awards were a celebration of the best music of the past year.

With his unique sound and undeniable star power, Bad Bunny was a major contender for the 2023 Grammys. His music has already earned him numerous awards and nominations, and it is sure to continue to do so.


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