The 5 Most Unforgettable Moments from the 2023 Grammys

Every year we look forward to music's biggest night because we know we can count on stunning outfits, showstopping performances and plenty of other surprises from some of our favorite artists.

And this year, the 65th annual Grammy Awards did not disappoint. From history-making moments to iconic celebrity meet-cutes, these were the 5 most unforgettable moments from the 2023 Grammys.

Adele and 'The Rock.'
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1. Adele Fulfills Her Dream of Meeting Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Turns out that Adele and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are secret fans of one another, but they had never actually met in real life...until the 2023 Grammys.

During his opening monologue, host Trevor Noah walked up to Adele and said, “The person that Adele has wanted to meet, but never has is Dwayne Johnson. You've never met him.” Then, he said, “And I found out that he's a huge fan of yours...I don't have someone named Dwayne Johnson here, but I do have someone called ‘The Rock.’” At this moment, Johnson ran over and hugged Adele, as the two met for the first time ever.

We can't wait for them to become best friends.

2. Kim Petras Makes History and Gives Moving Speech

Sam Smith and Kim Petras took home the prize for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their chart-topping song, “Unholy,” and when the pair walked to the stage, Smith (who had 4 previous wins) let Petras take the mic.

“I'm the first transgender woman to win [this] award,” Petras said, which elicited a standing ovation from the crowd. “I just want to thank all the transgender artists who kicked the door open in order for me to be here tonight.” She then shouted out pioneers like Madonna and SOPHIE, a producer who passed away in 2021.

“Sophie especially, my friend who passed away two years ago...thank you so much for your inspiration, Sophie, I adore you, and your inspiration will always be in my music,” she said.

3. Trevor Noah Personally Hands Beyoncé Her Grammy

When Beyoncé won one of the first awards of the night, she actually wasn't there to accept it, which we later learned was due to traffic (at least according to Noah).

But, once Queen Bey finally made it to the venue, she got her award personally handed to her by Noah.

During this moment, Noah also congratulated Beyoncé on tying the record for most Grammy wins of all time, that was until...

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4. Beyoncé Breaks Record for Most Grammy Wins of All Time

Before the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé was tied with Quincy Jones for the second-most Grammy wins of all time. But, with 10 nominations at the 2023 ceremony, many thought she might break Georg Solti's record of 31 wins...and she did.

After winning the prize for Best Dance/Electronic Album for her album Renaissance, the “Break My Soul” singer officially had 32 wins, making her the individual with the most Grammy wins of all time.

They don't call her the queen for nothing.

5. Lizzo Dedicates Record of the Year Win to Prince

We never stop loving Lizzo, and when she won Record of the Year for “About Damn Time,” the 34-year-old singer brought her usual infectious energy to the stage.

“Me and Adele are having a good time, just enjoying ourselves, just rooting for our friends,” she said as she walked up to the mic. “So, this is an amazing night.”

The recent Emmy-winner then took the opportunity to dedicate her award to the late Prince, and she started to tear up as she said, “When we lost Prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music.” We're so glad you did, Lizzo.


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