Friday, April 12, 2024

A look at all the queer nominees for the 2023 Grammys

The nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards have been revealed and we are happy to see a diverse crop of queer representation in the categories.

Leading the pack is Brandi Carlile who amassed seven nominations this year including: Album of the Year and Best Americana Album for In These Silent Days, Record of the Year, Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Performance for “You and Me on the Rock” featuring Lucius, and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Broken Horses”. Carlile has previously won six Grammys to date.

Steve Lacy is up for an impressive four awards this year which include Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Bad Habit”, in addition to getting a nod for Best Progressive R&B Album for Gemini Rights.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras were recognized for their smash hit collaboration “Unholy” in the Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance category. This will be Smith’s seventh nomination and Petras’ first.  Randy Rainbow also celebrates his first Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for A Little Brains, A Little Talent.

Other notable nominees include Keytranada, for Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Intimidated” featuring H.E.R., The Brothers Osborne for Best Country Duo on “Midnight Rider’s Prayer”, A Strange Loop from the brilliant Michael R Jackson for Best Musical Theater Album, and indie art pop musician Perfume Genius for Best Alternative Music Performance for “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Best New Artist category features some stiff competition and is absolutely dripping with queer representation as bisexual superstar Anitta goes up against Latinx R&B singer Omar Apollo and rock band Måneskin for the honor.

Of course, we can’t forget about our favorite LGBTQ+ allies who also scored big this year. Beyoncé received nine total nominations for her work on Renaissance, Lizzo got five nods for Special, Lady Gaga received two for her song “Hold My Hand” and Bad Bunny made history with the first Spanish language album to ever be nominated for Album of the Year for Un Verano Sin Ti. The album is also nominated for Best Música Urbana Album and Bad Bunny himself is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Moscow Mule”.

The Grammys will air on February 5 at the Arena in Los Angeles on CBS and Paramount+

For a full list of the nominees click here.

John Hernandez

John A. Hernandez is a staff writer for Queer Forty with a focus on entertainment. He is also a writer for Vacationer Magazine and a contributor to Bear World Magazine and Gayming Magazine. He has a special love for all things horror and Halloween. He currently resides with his husband in New York City.

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