The war in ukrainethe slap of Will Smith at the Oscars, the triumph of the virtuoso musician Jon Batiste, the tribute to the deceased and the failure of barack obama dominated on Sunday April 3 the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, the great celebration of the American music industry.
1/ Zelensky: music against war
Dead silence. Fill this silence with your music
”: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again marked hearts and minds by intervening in Grammy Awards, via a recorded video address. In a moving appeal, he urged the American music industry to support his country, which has been invaded by Russia.
Tell the truth about the war, on your social networks, on TV. Support us in every way possible, all but silence. And then comes peace
“Launched President Zelensky with his usual khaki t-shirt, before a performance by John Legend, joined on stage by Ukrainian artists, Mika Newton and Lyuba Yakimchukt. And two huge flags were erected on the stage of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
2/ Slap at the Oscars, humor at the Grammys
History rarely repeats itself. Corn the slap in the face on March 27 at the Oscars in Hollywood by superstar Will Smith to comedian Chris Rock was on everyone’s mind when Grammy Awards night began. The presenter, the South African comedian Trevor Noah, could not resist: “
We’re going to listen to music, dance, sing, keep people’s names out of our mouths…” he launched in a transparent allusion to the now memorable “
Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth! » yelled by Smith at Rock after he slapped him on stage for a bad joke about his wife’s hair.
Similarly, hip-hop musician Ahmir Questlove Thompson brought the laughs to his side before announcing the Song of the Year winner:
I am about to present this award and I trust you to stay 500 feet (150 meters) from me
“. It’s the same Questlove, Oscar winner last Sunday for his documentary “
summer of soul
who had received his reward right after Smith slapped Rock.
3/ Jon Batiste, jazzman and “spiritual” musician
The music, “
it’s more than entertainment for me, it’s a spiritual practice
“launched the jack-of-all-trades musician Jon Batiste with a smile when he received his fifth most prestigious Grammy Award, that of the album of the year.
Virtuoso pianist but also multi-instrumentalist, conductor, anti-racist activist, Oscar-winning composer, this gifted jazzman energized the MGM Grand Garden Arena by declaring that “
the creative arts are subjective and touch people at a time in their lives when they need it most
4/ Tribute to the deceased
A little comfort for the American rock band Foo Fighters who suddenly lost their drummer Taylor Hawkins at the age of 50 at the end of March: three Grammy Awards and a very beautiful interpretation on stage of “
Happy Than Ever
by pop star Billie Eilish wearing a long t-shirt featuring the late musician.
Taylor Hawkins, who died in a hotel in Bogota and whose toxicological analysis of his body revealed the presence of THC (cannabis), antidepressants and opiates, was also entitled to the tribute of his profession in the long last year’s list of missing people in the music industry.
5/ No third Grammy for Obama
Former President Barack Obama will not be able, according to the United States Constitution, to serve a third term. And it also failed to land a third Grammy for best spoken word album and audiobook. Already rewarded in 2006 and 2008, he competed for the audio version of his memoirs, “
A Promised Land)” but was beaten by actor Don Cheadle (War Machine in the saga “
“) author of “
Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation from John Lewis
6/ All the rewards
album of the year “
Record of the Year, awarded for overall performance of a title “
Leave The Door Open
– Silk Sonic
Song of the Year, awarded to authors and composers “
Leave The Door Open
– Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, writers (Silk Sonic)
Revelation of the year Olivia Rodrigo
Best music video “
Best Rap Album “
Call Me If You Get Lost
–Tyler, The Creator
Best Rap Performance “
– Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Best Rock Album “
Medicine At Midnight
– Foo Fighters
best album of
Best Pop Solo Performance “
Best World Music Album “
– Angelique Kidjo
Best music video “
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Ukraine, slap in the face at the Oscars, jazz and young talents… here are the key moments of the 64th Grammy Awards