Bruno Mars has informed Rolling Stone that the R&B duo Silk Sonic, which consists of himself and Anderson.Paak, have decided to remove their album “An Evening With Silk Sonic” from consideration for the 2023 Grammy Awards.
Mars stated, “We sincerely put our all on this record, however Silk Sonic would like to graciously, respectfully, and most importantly, sexually, bow out of submitting our album this year.” Silk Sonic’s CD was titled “Sexually.” “We hope that we will be able to celebrate with everyone on a fantastic year for music and that we will be able to participate in the party. We are grateful that you have allowed Silk Sonic to flourish.
The lead single for the album, “Leave the Door Open,” was released in April of 2021. At the Grammy Awards in 2022, it won all four of the categories for which it was nominated, including record and single of the year. Not only is the album eligible for awards in 2023 because it was released in November of the previous year, but virtually all analysts anticipated that it would be one of the leading candidates for album of the year.
Mars, on the other hand, claims that humans would be insane to ask for anything else. When people responded positively to ‘Leave the Door Open,’ Andy and I, along with everyone else who worked on this project, were declared winners. According to him, “all else was just icing on the cake.” “We are grateful to the Grammys for not only recognising us at the previous ceremony but also for granting us permission to perform on their stage not once but twice,”
Shortly after Mars’ announcement, the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., released a statement in which he said the following about Silk Sonic: “Silk Sonic has been such a fun highlight of our last couple of shows and they deservedly had an amazing night at the 64th Grammys earlier this year. We respect their decision not to enter this year, but we are looking forward to celebrating what has been an incredible year in music with you.”
There is no set formula for determining nominees for the Grammys: It is necessary for recordings to be filed by a representative, which is typically the artist’s record company. If an artist does not want their music to be submitted, this is considered a withdrawal.
Mars, a longtime Grammy favourite, may be responding to criticism the Recording Academy received in 2018, when his “24K Magic” album and related singles won all six categories it was nominated for, including the top three awards: album, song, and record of the year, beating out entries from the two biggest hip-hop artists in the world, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.
It’s possible that Mars may be responding to criticism the Recording Academy received in 2018, when his “24K Magic” album and related In that same year, Jay was nominated for eight awards, but to everyone’s surprise, he did not win any of them. Meanwhile, Lamar won five awards, all of which were in the hip-hop or video categories. In particular, the exclusion of Jay led to a heated backlash against the Grammys; later on in that same year, Lamar’s album “DAMN.” went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
With both Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, not to mention Adele, as front-runners for 2023 nominations, it could be argued that Mars’ and Silk Sonic’s choice is a very savvy professional move. Another possibility is that Mars was trying to stop a similar backlash before it could occur.
At this year’s Grammy Awards, Mars and.Paak performed as a duo “777” and “Hot Music” off the album. They also performed at a special VIP afterparty where they sang largely covers, such as Eve’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” and Nelly’s “Hot In Herre.”
Because they were dissatisfied with the awards or nominations they received in the past, musicians such as Drake and the Weeknd have chosen not to submit recordings for which they were likely to be nominated in the past: The Weeknd did so to protest the fact that his blockbuster 2020 album, “After Hours,” and the single “Blinding Lights” — one of the most popular songs of the previous ten years — were shockingly snubbed by the Grammy nominating committees for the 2021 awards.
Drake gave an oblique reason during a 2019 Grammy acceptance speech, saying “We play an opinion-based sport, not a fact-based sport,” presumably referencing the Grammys’ voting procedures Only a few short weeks after the show, the Grammys made the announcement that the anonymous, insider committees that had previously determined the final nominees lists in the majority of categories would no longer exist. Neither Drake nor the Weeknd entered any of their music into the 2022 awards competition.
The nominations for the Grammy Awards will be revealed on November 15th. On February 5, 2023, the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles will play host to the 65th annual Grammy Awards ceremony and broadcast.