After being awarded four Grammys in 2022 for the hit track “Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic duo Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak shocked the music scene by “sexually” withdrawing their An Evening With Silk Sonic album from consideration for the 2023 Grammy Awards.
“We truly put our all on this record, but Silk Sonic would like to gracefully, humbly and most importantly, sexually, bow out of submitting our album this year,” Mars told Rolling Stone in a statement. “We hope we can celebrate with everyone on a great year of music and partake in the party.”
Released in November 2021, An Evening With Silk Sonic was a favorite to take Album of the Year at the 2023 awards show. “Its lead single ‘Leave the Door Open’ swept all four categories it was nominated in during April’s ceremony, including Song and Record of the Year,” Rolling Stone reports.
But according to Mars, the dynamic duo would “be crazy to ask for anything more” than the success the project has already received.
“Andy and I, and everyone that worked on this project, won the moment the world responded to ‘Leave The Door Open.’ Everything else was just icing on the cake,” he stated. “We thank the Grammys for allowing us to perform on their platform — not once but twice — and awarding us at last year’s ceremony. We’d be crazy to ask for anything more.”
Because “Leave the Door Open” was released prior to the Grammys 2022 submissions deadline, explained one fan on Twitter, the single was able to capture four Grammys at this year’s event. For consideration in 2023, the album would have needed to be submitted by September 23 of this year.
Their album was released (11/12/21) after the submission deadline (9/30/21) for the ’22 Grammys. So, they would have needed to submit (by 9/31/22) this yr for the ’23 Grammys. They submitted & won 4 Grammys because LTDO was released on 3/5/21 within the submission timeframe.
— ❤️👑💎 Under Your Influence #TEAMBREEZY (@Dueces_Forever) October 14, 2022
Following the announcement, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr thanked Silk Sonic for being a “fun highlight” at the last two Grammys.
“We appreciate their decision not to submit this year but look forward to celebrating an amazing year in music together,” Mason said in a statement.
Mars has a habit of sweeping up Grammys whenever he is nominated.
“In 2018, he won all six Grammys he was nominated for with his album 24K Magic, sweeping in all the categories his music was nominated,” writes Rolling Stone. “And two years prior, he took home the award for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Uptown Funk’ with Mark Ronson. His first win came in 2011 with his single ‘Just the Way You Are.'”
Paak, too, has had his share of Grammy victories, taking home four wins of his own in addition to the Silk Sonic awards.
On Twitter, many see the duo’s decision to bow out of this year’s Grammys as an act of kindness to the other artists.
“They knew they would probably easily win and wanted to give others space to win,” one user tweeted.
“Good for the competition because They were definitely gonna win,” said another. “Between the two of them they’ve only lost 1 Grammy nomination in the last 5-6 years.”
Said yet another supportive user, “I actually respect that a lot.”
They knew they would probably easily win and wanted to give others space to win.
— Somebody (@sogreat1989) October 14, 2022
Good for the competition because They were definitely gonna win. between the two of them they’ve only lost 1 Grammy nomination in the last 5-6 years 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/oWpQGmiJ4B
— D’Ante ⚡️ (@DAnteFourPrez) October 13, 2022
I actually respect that a lot.
— IGotDatFinesse (@igotdatfinesse) October 13, 2022
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