For Your Listening Pleasure: The Asian and Pacific Islander Artists Up for GRAMMYs

And the nominees are…

Words by Samantha Pak

The 2023 GRAMMYs are being broadcast on Sunday, and in preparation for music’s biggest night, we want to make sure you’re familiar with the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora nominees in major categories. Check out some of their music below and good luck to all the artists!

Record of the Year
“Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy

Lacy’s album Gemini Rights is also nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“My Universe” by Coldplay & BTS

BTS’s music video for “Yet To Come” is also up for Best Music Video.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“I Dream Of Christmas (Extended)” by Norah Jones

Best Dance/Electronic Recording
“Intimidated” by KAYTRANADA featuring H.E.R.

H.E.R. is also credited as a featured artist in Mary J. Blige’s album Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), which is up for Album of the Year. She is also credited with a writing credit as Gabriella Wilson for Blige’s album. In addition, Wilson is credited as a songwriter for “Good Morning Gorgeous” by Blige, which is up for Best R&B Song.

Best Metal Performance
“Blackout” by Turnstile

“Blackout” was also nominated for Best Rock Song. Turnstile, which includes Asian American group member and drummer Daniel Fang, was also nominated for  Best Rock Performance for their song “Holiday.”

Best Alternative Music Performance
“Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs featuring Perfume Genius

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, featuring mixed Asian queen and frontwoman Karen O, are also nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Cool It Down.

Best R&B Performance
“Here With Me” by Mary J. Blige featuring Anderson .Paak

Anderson .Paak is also credited as a featured artist and producer on Blige’s album Good Morning Gorgeous, which is up for Album of the Year.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Do 4 Love” by Snoh Aalegra

Published on February 3, 2023

Words by Samantha Pak

Samantha Pak (she/her) is an award-winning Cambodian American journalist from the Seattle area and assistant editor for JoySauce. She spends more time than she’ll admit shopping for books than actually reading them, and has made it her mission to show others how amazing Southeast Asian people are. Follow her on Twitter at @iam_sammi and on Instagram at @sammi.pak.

Art by Ryan Quan

Ryan Quan is the Social Media Editor for JoySauce. This queer, half-Chinese, half-Filipino writer and graphic designer loves everything related to music, creative nonfiction, and art. Based in Brooklyn, he spends most of his time dancing to hyperpop and accidentally falling asleep on the subway. Follow him on Instagram at @ryanquans.