Silk Sonic, consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, has decided not to submit their album for consideration at next year's GRAMMYs. The duo, who previously took home three awards at the 2022 ceremony, including Best R&B Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year for their hit track "Leave the Door Open," expressed gratitude for the recognition they have already received.
In a statement, Mars emphasized that the duo had already achieved success with the overwhelming response to "Leave the Door Open." He thanked the GRAMMYs for the opportunity to perform on their stage and be honored at the previous ceremony. Mars added, "We'd be crazy to ask for anything more."
Silk Sonic performed "Leave the Door Open" at the 2021 GRAMMYs and opened the 2022 show with a performance of "777." Mars expressed his appreciation for the support the project has received and stated that Silk Sonic would respectfully decline submitting their album for awards consideration this year. He expressed hope for celebrating a great year of music and joining in the festivities.
The Recording Academy responded to Silk Sonic's decision in a statement, acknowledging the duo's impact on previous shows and their outstanding night at the 64th GRAMMYs. They expressed appreciation for Silk Sonic's decision and looked forward to celebrating another remarkable year in music together.
In other news, the Recording Academy announced various changes to the upcoming 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Five new award categories were introduced, including Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album. Additionally, a special merit award for Best Song for Social Change will be established.
The 2023 GRAMMYs will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 5, from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.