Bonnie Raitt Is Shocked as She Wins Track of the Yr on the 2023 Grammy Awards: ‘An Unreal Second’

US singer Bonnie Raitt accepts the award for Song Of The Year for "Just Like That" during the 65th Annual Grammy Awards at the Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023.

US singer Bonnie Raitt accepts the award for Track Of The Yr for “Simply Like That” throughout the sixty fifth Annual Grammy Awards on the Area in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023.

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Bonnie Raitt took dwelling the celebrated track of the 12 months prize on the 2023 Grammy Awards.

First Girl Jill Biden introduced the award to a flabbergasted Raitt for “Simply Like That,” which the singer stated was impressed by her buddy and fellow musician John Prine, who died following a battle with coronavirus in 2020.

“Oh my God,” she stated as she started her acceptance speech, her shock palpable. “I am so stunned. I do not know what to say. That is simply an unreal second.”

Raitt, 73, thanked the Recording Academy for appreciating “the artwork of songwriting” and “honoring” her.

“I used to be so impressed for this track by the unimaginable story of the love, and the grace, and the generosity of somebody that donates their beloved’s organs to assist one other particular person stay,” Raitt shared of the inspiration behind the Grammy-winning track. “And this story was so easy and so stunning for these instances. And folks have been responding to the track, partly due to how a lot I really like and all of us love John Prine, and that was the inspiration for the music for this track, and telling this story from the within.”

She added, “I do not write a number of songs however I am so proud that you just respect this one.”

Raitt, who performed earlier in the awards show as part of the in-memoriam tribute to Christian McVie, concluded her speech saying she was “completely humbled” to be taking dwelling track of the 12 months.

Whereas on the purple carpet, Raitt instructed PEOPLE that she was “really proud to be acknowledged” at this 12 months’s Grammys, and significantly within the classes she was in.

“To be acknowledged for track of the 12 months this time is fairly huge – so, for considered one of my tunes? That is an enormous factor for me, so I am very proud,” she stated.

Different songs nominated within the class included Gayle‘s “abcdefu,” Lizzo‘s “About Rattling Time,” Taylor Swift‘s “All Too Nicely (10 Minute Model),” Harry Styles‘ “As It Was,” Steve Lacy‘s “Unhealthy Behavior,” Beyoncé‘s “Break My Soul,” Adele‘s “Simple on Me,” DJ Khaled that includes Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, JAY-Z, John Legend and Fridayy’s “God Did,” Kendrick Lamar‘s “The Coronary heart Half 5” and Bonnie Raitt‘s “Simply Like That.”

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Track of the 12 months, one of many 4 major Grammys classes, acknowledges the composition of a single monitor that both was launched or rose to prominence inside the ceremony’s eligibility interval, which ran from Oct. 1, 2021 by Sept. 30, 2022. The award is introduced to the track’s writers relatively than simply the performing artist.

Launched in April 2022, “Simply Like That” seems on Raitt’s album of the identical title, which reached No. 44 on the Billboard 200 chart. The track was written solely by the performer, who instructed American Songwriter that its lyrics had been impressed by a human curiosity information story a couple of girl who donated her late son’s coronary heart to a different little one.

“I simply misplaced it,” Raitt instructed the outlet. “It was essentially the most shifting and stunning factor. I wasn’t anticipating it. I vowed proper then that I needed to put in writing a track about what that might take.”

The sixty fifth Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, are airing and streaming stay from the Area in Los Angeles

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