Feb 6, 2023

Spotlight on the 2023 Grammy Awards

The 65th annual Grammy Awards saw more than 90 awards given in total to recognise outstanding work in the music industry. Here’s our highlights from the 2023 awards ceremony, including some spectacular artists who have graced the OVO Hydro stage in previous years and others who are performing with us very soon!

Beyoncé has broken the record for most Grammy wins in history by winning her 32nd award.  George Solti had previously held the record, winning 31. Queen Bey won 4 awards this year - best dance/electronic album, best dance/electronic recording, best R&B song, and best traditional R&B performance. Here’s a throwback to when Beyoncé played the Hydro in February 2014, less than six months after our iconic venue first opened, with this fierce setlist from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. 

Lizzo won the Grammy Award for record of the year for About Damn Time. Other nominees were ABBA, Adele, Beyoncé, Brandi Carlile, Doja Cat, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Steve Lacy. In her acceptance speech, Lizzo gave a shout out to artists who inspired her including Prince and Beyoncé. We are beyond excited for Lizzo to bring 'The Special Tour' to the OVO Hydro on Wednesday 08 March 2023. Find out more.


Harry Styles took the award for album of the year, which many critics regard as the biggest accolade of the night. His third album, Harry's House, also earned him the Grammy for best pop vocal album. Harry played the OVO Hydro in April 2018 as part of his sold-out worldwide tour in support of his debut album, which hit number 1 in over 55 countries.

LGBTQ history was made as Kim Petras and Sam Smith accepted the award for best pop duo/group performance for their song Unholy, making Petras the first-ever transgender woman to win the award. There’s still time to get your tickets to see Sam Smith performing 'GLORIA the tour' at the OVO Hydro on 22 April 2023. Find tickets here

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The Grammy for best pop solo performance went to Adele for Easy On Me. Along with Adele, the nominees included Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, Steve Lacy, Lizzo and Harry Styles. International superstar Adele played 2 sell-out shows at the Hydro in March 2016 with this sensational setlist from her worldwide tour.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 3 Grammy awards this year - best rap album for Mr Morale & the Big Steppers, plus best rap song and best rap performance for The Heart Part 5. Lamar recently played the OVO Hydro in November 2022, and also back in February 2018. We cannot wait for his next album and tour announcements, watch this space!


Taylor Swift made history yet again after winning Best Music Video for her romantic drama, All Too Well: The Short Film. Swift became the first person to win the category with sole directing credit for their own music video. Check out her epic setlist when she played at the Hydro in June 2015 as part of The 1989 World Tour. 

Canadian music superstar Michael Bublé took home the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Higher. His critically-acclaimed album bested others by artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Pentatonix, and Diana Ross. We have some limited tickets available for Michael Bublé at the OVO Hydro, playing two shows on 27 & 28 April 2023. Find out more. 


Some other winners in the main categories were - song of the year (songwriter's award) went to Bonnie Raitt with Just Like That, and best new artist went to Samara Joy

Another highlight was the Grammy Awards extended performance dedicated to the forthcoming 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The compilation, curated by Questlove of the Roots and narrated by his bandmate Black Thought, plus LL Cool J and Queen Latifah, featured a taste of many smash hit songs and fan favourites from across the decades and movements. 

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