The R&B combo “Silk Sonic,” is made up of American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars and rapper Anderson. Paak has stated that they have removed their album “An Evening With Silk Sonic” from the nomination for the Grammy Awards in 2023.

Mars reportedly stated, “Silk Sonic would want to gracefully, humbly, and most significantly, sexually, withdraw from submitting our CD this year. We genuinely gave it everything we had. We want to join the party and toast a fantastic year of music with everyone. I appreciate you allowing Silk Sonic to succeed.”

When the album’s lead song, “Leave the Door Open,” was released in April 2021, it was nominated for four Grammy awards, including album and single of the year. It won all four honors.

The record was published in November of last year and is not only eligible for 2023 honors, but almost all forecasters predicted it would be a strong contender for album of the year.

Mars asserts, “We’d be stupid to ask for anything more, though. The instant the world reacted to “Leave The Door Open,” Andy and I and everyone else involved in this endeavor won. The rest was simply the cherry on top.

We’d want to express our gratitude to the Grammys for giving us two opportunities to play on their stage and for honoring us at the previous awards show.

It’s possible that Mars, a heavy favorite for the Grammys, is responding to criticism leveled at the awards ceremony in 2018, when his ’24K Magic’ album and related singles won all six categories in which they were nominated, including album, song, and record of the year, besting Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.

Grammy nominations do not happen by default since recordings must be submitted by a representative, often the artist’s record company. If an artist does not want their music submitted, it is equivalent to a withdrawal.

On November 15, according to a source, the Grammy nominees will be made public. On February 5, 2023, at the Arena in Los Angeles, the 65th annual Grammy Awards will take place.