The Best Moments For Country Music At The 2023 Grammys
Widely considered music’s most prestigious honor, the Grammy Awards recognize the industry’s biggest accomplishments over the preceding year. The 2023 ceremony, which took place in Los Angeles, CA last Sunday, celebrated a diverse set of artists and genres. From the awards themselves, to red carpet fashion, to performances, we loved seeing many of our favorites representing country music! Here’s some moments from the iconic night that stood out to us.
Red Carpet Fashion!
Sometimes, the red carpet spawns the best and most memorable moments of an award show. That surely seems to be the case with the 2023 Grammys!
Kelsea Ballerini wore a breathtaking yellow dress that looked straight out of a Disney movie.
Shania Twain donned a one-of-a-kind spotted pantsuit, complete with a matching hat and red wig. It already seems that her Queen Of Me era is blessing us with some amazing fashion choices.
Carly Pearce, also known as the queen of country music, was drop dead gorgeous as well. We love to see her happy and shining like the superstar she is!
Carly Pearce and Riley King, as well as Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, were #couplegoals.
This is perhaps the most Miranda Lambert look ever - the silver, shimmery look suits her well. She made sure to use her Velvet Rodeo perfume as well.
Kacey Musgraves' red carpet outfit continues to prove that the color pink was just made for her. Not to mention the way her frilly cape stands out against her fitted catsuit!
Last but not least, allow us to dislocate your jaws and make you cease to function. True to her song "Bejeweled," Taylor Swift showed up in this midnight blue set that made the whole place shimmer.
As longtime Swifties (specifically those who remember the star's 1989 album cycle) would say, we stopped breathing and we literally just died dead. RIP us, rest in peace us.
Plus, the purple earrings caused some fans to speculate that Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is well on its way!
Willie Nelson's triumphs in two categories
Following the release of A Beautiful Time on his 89th birthday, the titan took home both Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album. Although he was not present to receive his awards, his win was significant nonetheless. His unique, traditional-leaning style infused with a healthy dose of rock n' roll won him some Grammys!
Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde's first ever Grammy
Talk about a power duo. Our superstars wrote an authentic, vulnerable song that strengthened their friendship, and helped many women process their own experiences. It contains some of the most vivid and powerful songwriting we've ever seen, truly deserving this high honor. The win shocked both singers, especially Carly, who had such a precious reaction. Words cannot express how proud we are!
Ashley revealed her plans of getting a tattoo to commemorate this momentous achievement.
Carly had the most adorable phone call with her mother, in which she broke the exciting news! We must protect this angel at all costs.
Yeah, we're not crying, someone's just cutting a bunch of onions...
Luke Combs' performance of "Going, Going, Gone"
In his first-ever performance on the Grammy Awards stage, Luke sang his current Top 10 radio hit "Going, Going, Gone." The song is a single Growin' Up, which was up for Best Country Album, but lost to Willie Nelson. The artist's twang shined through in the mostly acoustic performance, putting his phenomenal vocals on full display.
Kacey Musgraves' moving Loretta Lynn tribute
There is nothing more beautiful than one queen honoring another. Not only did "Coal Miner's Daughter" flawlessly fit Kacey's voice, the touching tribute perfectly portrayed the late pioneer. The neck of Kacey's guitar even had the legend's name printed on it. We miss Loretta immensely, but her legacy will never leave us.
Taylor Swift's momentous Grammy win for Music Video Of The Year
Considering production, penning, vocal delivery, and really the whole package, "All Too Well" was already one of the best country songs of all time. The critically acclaimed 10-minute version of this song, released as a "vault" track on Red (Taylor's Version), only cemented its status, both within its genre and the music industry at large.
The track lets Taylor wear her heart on her sleeve, telling her personal story and containing some of her most descriptive, poignant, and raw songwriting. Taylor's articulated yet cathartic delivery, as well as a self-directed visualizer with several layers of subtext, further bring it to life.
While she was significantly snubbed in the Song Of The Year category, we're so glad that the phenomenal music video for "All Too Well" (10 minute version) (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) got the recognition it deserved. We cannot stress enough how historic this win is!
And that's officially a wrap on the 2023 Grammy Awards! This past year was an outstanding one for country music. We're so proud of our winners, nominees, and performers. We already can't wait for next year's ceremony!