At the Grammys, Beyoncé awaits the big night, Adele in ambush
The cream of the music industry is expected in Los Angeles on Sunday for the 65th Grammy Awards and a question is on everyone's lips: will Beyoncé finally win the supreme award of ” Album of the Year” against Adele?
The 41-year-old American star has never been so close to the goal with nine nominations this year, after the release of his album “Renaissance”, an opus with dance, house and disco accents.
But the British Adele, with her introspective album “30”, has seven nominations, and could once again win the Grammys, the equivalent of the Oscars for music in the United States.
Beyoncé vs Adele: the revenge
In 2017, the interpreter of “Hello” had crushed her competitors in the main categories, winning five awards with her album “25”, to the detriment by the Houston-born singer, whose now-classic 'Lemonade' album had to settle for the Grammy Award for 'Best Contemporary Urban Music Album'.
On stage, Adele paid a heartfelt tribute to “Queen B”, and the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which awards the awards, was once again accused of relegating artists of color to the background.
Whatever the outcome on Sunday, history is on for Beyoncé: with the nominations for this edition, she equals her husband, Jay-Z's record as the most nominated artist of the year. history of these awards.
And if she is already the female artist with the most small golden gramophones, the 2023 edition could well allow her to take the lead for good and overtake conductor Georg Solti with the most victories.  ;
According to the specialized magazine Billboard, the Grammy Award for “best album” should go to him, while Adele would win the “best song of the year” with “Easy On Me”.
“I really hope so, doesn't she deserve it?” “, launched to AFP Nile Rodgers, guitarist of the group Chic who contributed to the album “Renaissance”.
Beyoncé “is arguably the most culturally significant artist in the world,” noted music industry mogul and former manager Merck Mercuriadis at a pre-award gala.
Nevertheless, the surprises of previous editions invite us to be wary of predictions.
Bad Bunny, the Spanish-speaking success
Beyond the Beyoncé-Adele duel, other stars shine in this edition, such as rapper Kendrick Lamar who garnered eight nominations and American folk rock star Brandi Carlile, seven nominations.
Harry Styles, Lizzo and Mary J. Blige are expected on stage during a ceremony presented again by comedian Trevor Noah.
Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, one of the most successful artists worldwide in 2022, was nominated in three categories, including “Best Album” for “Un verano sin ti”.
It is the first album entirely in Spanish to compete in one of the premier categories.
His victory “would be very important for all Spanish speakers and for our culture”, explained to AFP Colombian singer Sebastian Yatra.
Taylor Swift, coming from country and become a huge pop-star, could finally win a Grammy in the category “title of the year” with the long version of her “All too well”. A track released in 2012, but re-recorded with enough differences that it could compete again.
For the “revelation of the year” category, after several editions in which the favorites were quite clear — Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish — the race is wide open this time.
Among the nominated artists, we find the Brazilian Anitta, the Italian rockers Maneskin, the rapper Latto… of artists made famous by TikTok, which has become a breeding ground for revelations.
“We try to ignore everything and concentrate until it's over,” the drummer told AFP. American JD Beck, nominated in two categories, including that of “revelation of the year”, with French keyboardist DOMi.
The group BTS, stars of K-pop on break, are also in the running.
The Academy, composed in particular of authors, composers, sound engineers, has also named a whole series of artists already well established in the music industry including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and ABBA.