The 65th Grammy Awards ceremony sparked controversy with Harry Styles’ Album of the Year win, reigniting a discussion about representation and diversity in the music industry. While some saw it as a reflection of his humble beginnings, others viewed it as an example of white privilege in the industry. Many believed that Beyoncé, the most decorated artist in Grammy history, should have won.

However, a Black woman hasn’t won Album of the Year since Lauryn Hill in the late ’90s, fueling frustration and anger among Beyoncé’s fans. The Grammy Awards controversies highlight the ongoing issue of racial bias in the music industry and raise important questions about equal opportunities and representation for all artists.

Hence, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on the Grammy Awards controversies 2023 to gather further views on the controversies regarding the Grammy’s 2023.


  • 80.31% have watched the Grammy Awards 2023
  • 11.18% state the Grammy Awards 2023 could have been better
  • 15.47% say Beyonce’s nomination was well-deserved

Survey found that 26.97% of the respondents were aware of the Grammy Awards controversies, while 39.99% were partially aware, and 33.04% were barely aware.

The majority of the respondents (80.31%) have watched the 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held in February 2023, while a significant minority (19.69%) haven’t watched it. This data suggests that the Grammy Awards continue to be a significant event in the music industry, with a large number of people tuning in to watch it.

Based on the responses to the question “What is your opinion on this year’s Grammy Awards?” most respondents had a positive or neutral view of the event. About 41.8% of the respondents stated that they found the awards to be a great success, well-produced, entertaining, or decent, while another 9.64% found the awards to have a few surprises and highlights.

On the other hand, about 20.1% of the respondents had a negative view of the Grammy Awards, with 8.4% finding it underwhelming and disappointing and 8.7% calling it chaotic and disorganized. This data suggests that while a significant portion of respondents enjoyed the event, there is still room for improvement in the eyes of a notable minority.

Grammy Awards Controversies

Figure 1 shows that there are mixed opinions on Harry Styles winning the Best Album Award for his third studio album, “Harry’s House,” at the 65th Grammy Awards. While some people believe that the award was well-deserved and that Harry Styles is a talented artist, others think that the award was undeserved and that someone else should have won it.

Approximately 8% of the respondents believed that Harry Styles is well deserving of the award, while around 10% of them stated that his winning the award was undeserved.

Moreover, the data indicate that some were surprised by his win, while others thought that his music and album were average. Overall, the mixed opinions about Harry Styles winning the Best Album Award show that different people have different preferences when it comes to music, and not everyone will be satisfied with the outcome of an awards ceremony.

Figure 1: Respondents’ opinions on Harry winning the Best Album of the Year

Does Beyonce Deserve Her Nomination?

According to the survey results, 41.69% said Beyonce’s album was well-deserving and fantastic. On the other hand, 20.15% said her album and music were average. Additionally, 12.57% said her album was good but not better than Harry’s, and 10.29% said she did not deserve to win the award.

Who Should Have Won the Album of the Year?

Figure 2 shows that Harry Styles deserved it, followed by, Lizzo (10.71%), Beyonce (10.58%), Adele (7.24%), Kendrick Lamar (6.94%), Coldplay (6.45%), ABBA (6.35%), Mary J. Blige (6.25%), Brandi Carlile (6.08%), and Bad Bunny (4.99%).

Figure 2: Respondents’ opinions on the most-deserving Album of the Year

Furthermore, Harry’s acceptance speech didn’t satisfy many people, which added to the Grammy Awards controversies. We asked the respondents their thoughts on what Harry may have implied in his speech.

Harry implied that he feels like an outsider in the industry; winning a Grammy Award is not typical to happen to people like him, said 14.43%.

In addition, Harry did not expect to win the award, implying that it was a rare occurrence (14.42%). Harry tried to convey that he is a unique artist who doesn’t fit the traditional mold of “winners” (12.04%), Harry was being humble and modest in expressing gratitude (11.99%), Harry subtly implied his “white privilege” victory (11.54%), Harry was acknowledging that he is typically not on the winning list (11.25%), and harry is conveying his shock and disbelief about winning (10.65%).

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Sam Smith and Petras’ Performance

Lastly, the survey results (27.82%) showed that Sam Smith and Petras’ performance was artistic, 6.92% said it was creative, 7.38% said it was bold and daring, 5.74% said it had mature ideas and themes, 6.45% stated discomfort watching it, 7.77% said it was dark and disturbing, 6.63% said it had Satanic appearances, and 7.43% said it was disturbing.

Figure 3: Sam Smith and Petras’ performance opinions


Survey TitleSurvey on the Grammy Awards Controversies 2023
DurationFebruary 13, 2023- February 20, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
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