Michael Anthony tuned into the Grammy Awards last night (February 5), but he didn’t know what to make of what he was watching.
The former Van Halen bassist shared photos to Instagram he took of his TV during the ceremony. The first two photos were of the devil-inspired performance from Sam Smith and Kim Petras. The other two were of Beyoncé accepting the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album. Anthony’s caption on the post read, “Trying to watch a little of the Grammys right now. Don’t know if I’m just a bit too old, or a little too buzzed from a couple cocktails… What happened to rock ‘n’ roll??? Congrats, Beyoncé.”
Later in the evening, Anthony shared a screenshot of a headline from Ultimate Classic Rock about how Ozzy Osbourne won two Grammy Awards. The thrilled Rock & Roll Hall of Famer captioned the photo, “Thank God, congrats Ozzy!!!!”
17 Times the Grammys Got Record of the Year Wrong
The general field categories at the Grammys always seem to cause the most debate. In its history, one of the most highly debated categories has been Record of the Year.
Per the Recording Academy, the screening criteria for Record of the Year are the following:
“Recordings entered for consideration in this Category should represent the best overall achievement. The elements to be considered are the performance, production and engineering; secondary elements for consideration are songwriting/composition, arranging and performance of the backup vocalists and musicians, as applicable”
Now, clearly, all of those elements are subjective, and everyone has different ideas on what constitutes greatness in all of those elements. However, not every choice for Record of the Year has aged well.
Here are 17 times we think the Grammys got Record of the Year wrong.
The 2023 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, February 5 starting at 8 PM ET. The ceremony will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.