Movies and television may have dominated this year’s awards season, but music finally got its moment in the spotlight on Sunday. This year’s GRAMMY Awards brought together some of music’s brightest stars, including Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X, in the most important night of music. This year’s ceremony was also a celebration of a return to (almost) normalcy after last year’s socially distanced spectacle, with the series of impressive performances ripping the roof off Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Presented by Trevor Noahthe night featured hilarious moments and a series of incredible performances from a host of A-list artists including John Legend, HER and silk sonicwhich opened the star-studded ceremony. silk sonic kicked off the show with a soft rendition of 777from his debut album, and, of course, he took home several awards for Leave The Door Open. the queens of pop Olivia Rodrigo and billie eilish worked with innovative sets in the performances of their hit singles, while bts and Lil Nas X They made the audience vibrate with their dance numbers.
The Grammys also paid a moving tribute to the war in Ukraine and the people the music community has lost in the past year. A montage dedicated to the late drummer of the Foo FightersTaylor Hawkinsopened the In Memoriam segment, which was followed by a medley of songs from Stephen Sondheim performed by musical theater heavyweights such as Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo, Ben Platt and Leslie Odom Jr. Although most of the winners were fairly predictable (with silk sonicRodrigo and Foo Fighters obtaining multiple prizes) the biggest surprise of the night came at the end, when Jon Batiste won Album of the Year for we are. He gave a humble thank you speech to his fellow nominees and shared his gratitude for the music. Next, we leave you with some of the best moments of the ceremony.
The references to that slap
It was inevitable: The Oscars slap had to reach the Grammys. the presenter Trevor Noah quickly alluded to the infamous moment from last week on air, but didn’t make too much of it, instead using his own words. Will Smith to promote the biggest night in music. “Don’t even think of this as an award show. Think of this like a concert where we’re giving out prizes, okay?” Noah said in his opening monologue. “Let’s listen to some music. Let’s Dance. Let’s sing. We’re going to keep people’s names out of our mouths and we’re going to give out prizes all night long.” questlovewhose Oscar win for documentary feature film was overshadowed by Smith’s unexpected slap in the face of the presenter ChrisRock, he also presented an award last night, saying “I trust you guys are going to stay 150 meters away from me.”
Lil Nas X performance
Lil Nas X brought the audience to its feet with a rendition of his hit Industry Baby beside Jack Harlow. Between that topic Dead Right Now and Huntsman, Lil Nas X and a group of backup dancers quickly changed outfits, from a cape to a silver mesh top to a marching band uniform. A montage of her Twitter and Fox News haters was the icing on the cake.
Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion’s Versace moment
While presenting the Grammy for Best New Artist, Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion recreated an iconic moment between whitney houston and Mariah Carey at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. The couple took to the Grammys stage in matching outfits from donatella versace. “You stole my look!” Megan said, before Dua explained, “Well, they told me I had the exclusive. I’m going to have to talk to Donatella.” Continuing with the joke donatella versace she rushed up onstage and took off both women’s top skirts, which was exactly what Carey and Houston did at the time.
bts performed butter with the help of Olivia Rodrigo
K-pop sensations and nominees bts They returned to the Grammys stage to perform their theme Butter. The group performed at last year’s ceremony via livestream from South Korea due to COVID-19 restrictions, but this time around, they enlisted the help of Best New Artist Grammy winner, whose brief moment of approach to the singer of the group, vmade the ARMY’s bts would start up. In addition, they earned a standing ovation.
The President of Ukraine sent a special greeting
After what Volodymyr Zelenskyy didn’t appear at the Oscars last week, the Recording Academy invited Ukraine’s embattled president to address the audience. And he asked viewers to keep listening to music. Zelenskyy, whose country continues to be invaded by Russian troops, asked the artists in attendance and viewers at home to “fill the silence with his music.” “What is the most opposite of music? The silence of the ruined cities and the murdered people,” he said. “Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even those who cannot hear them. But the music breaks through anyway.” “We defend our freedom to live, to love, to dream. (…) Fill the silence with your music. Fill it out today to tell our story. Tell the truth about this war.”
Tyler, The Creator trolled DJ Khaled on Instagram
TYler, The Creator won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for Call Me If You Get Lost, and although he was not at the ceremony to accept the award in person, he reached out to fans to celebrate via Instagram Live. He also took the opportunity to troll his old rival again. DJ Khaled. “First of all, I’m excited,” Tyler said. “Thanks to [el productor de Call Me If You Get Lost] DJ Drama. You are fucking important to rap music… Thanks to all my friends for being my cheerleaders. Thanks to all my team, to all the staff… and [gracias a DJ Khaled]. I know you’re furious and angry and [dices], ‘Ugh, no one listens to that record! These sold-out stadium tours say something else, and if you put that much energy into something, maybe the whole world is proud of you too.”
Billie Eilish’s beautiful tribute to Taylor Hawkins
billie eilish offered one of the best performances of the night with a charismatic and rock-filled interpretation of the title track of his album Happier Than Ever. While Eilish and her brother/producer Finneas performed in a set replicating the song’s music video, the most moving part of the performance was Eilish’s beautiful tribute to the drummer of Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins, who died a couple of weeks ago. Wearing an oversized T-shirt with Hawkins’ face on it, Eilish’s spirited and cathartic performance captured the energy the late Hawkins used to embody with the Foo Fighters.
Doja Cat and SZA with their rushed but emotional speech
The singers of Kiss Me More, Doja Cat and SZA, they won the award for Pop Duo/Group Performance and delivered an unexpected speech to celebrate their victory. However, Doja Cat he hardly did because, according to SZA, went to the bathroom “for five minutes”. “I have never gone to the bathroom so fast in my entire life,” he said. Doja Cat coming second on stage. “Thank you all, I really appreciate it… SZA, You are everything to me. You are amazing. You are the epitome of talent, you are a lyricist, you are everything.” SZA he also won the hearts of viewers at home by making his way onto the stage on crutches. Lady Gaga, who was nominated in the same category, also helped her adjust the voluminous train of her dress as the winner limped onto the stage in stilettos. Behind the scenes, SZA he told reporters that he “fell out of bed the day before.”
Lady Gaga pays tribute to Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga did a performance of the theme Love for Sale while joining a great band for what became a tender tribute to his old friend and frequent collaborator Tony Bennett, who retired last year. Bennett, 95, made a rare and seemingly recorded appearance at the Grammys with a brief performance by Gaga, before blowing her a kiss. From there, Gaga began to sing Do I Love You, which was not a question but a statement of his feelings towards the legend. As she sang, the screen filled with countless photos of Gaga and Bennett together over the years, with Bennett getting older as Gaga’s hairstyles and color changed in turn. “I love you, Tony, we miss you,” Gaga said at the end of the song, with a close-up of her face showing signs of tears.
Jon Batiste closed the show with a beautiful message
Picking up the last award of the night (album of the year for we are), Jon Batiste he seemed taken aback by his own success as he made his way to the stage. “You know, I really believe it from my heart: There is no such thing as the best musician, the best artist, the best dancer, the best actor,” he said. “Creative arts are subjective, reaching people at a time in their lives when they need it most. It’s like if you make a song or an album and almost have a radar to find the person when they need it most. He added, “Each of the artists that were nominated in this category, I really love them and have had experiences, out-of-body experiences with his music. I honor them, and this is for the real artists, the real musicians. Let’s move on. Be yourself. That’s it. I love you even if I don’t know you! Good evening”.
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Grammys 2022: The 10 best moments of a warm ceremony that celebrated Olivia Rodrigo and Jon Batiste