From Trevor Noah promising to keep ‘people’s name out of their mouth,’, a Pakistani artist making history to Jon Batiste winning, we covered it all in our Grammy Awards 2022 highlights.
After an eventful Oscars only a few weeks before, the world’s eye was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards 2022 were held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 3. The event was initially planned to be held on Jan 31 and was postponed due to the spike in COVID – 19 cases and the discovery of a new variant. Grammys is considered to be one of the most important events in the music industry. It’s not just the artists but the fans too who look forward to the event to see who takes the cake home. The 64th Grammy was also the first ceremony to be held since the changes to the nomination process were announced. Listeners had about 22,000 songs to choose from and vote on. These songs included some popular artists and also ones from around the world. But there were some major highlights from the event that you need to check out!
While Jon Batiste went home with a big win with 11 Grammys, 19-year-old Olivia Rodrigo also made her mark. The new cover version by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett of the 1934 Cole Porter’s song I Get A Kick Out Of You was one of the 10 songs in the running for record of the year.
Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and West Side Story star Rachel Zegler performed last night in remembrance of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. John Legend performed as Grammy also showed their support to Ukraine with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, giving a video message before his performance.
Dua Lipa‘s song Levitating which spent a record-breaking 70 weeks on the Billboard chart and was the biggest-selling song of 2021 did not make it to any of the nominations. Rapper, songwriter Drake who has won four Grammy Awards in the past continues to boycott the event. Joining him was The Weekend who refused to participate after beings snubbed last year. Showing their solidarity, Ariana Grande and Doja Cat declined to submit their duets with the artist.
Kanye West was asked to not perform this year after his ‘concerning online behavior’ when he urinated on one of his Grammy awards for the lack of black artists’ representation. Jimmie Allen who was the only country artist up for Best New Artist performed ‘Down Home.’ Whereas Chris Stapleton won the Best Country Album Grammy trophy for Starting Over.
Here are some more highlights:
The total number of categories this year was up to 86, which was more than last year’s 84 categories.
Jon Batiste was the frontrunner with 11 nominations. He was recognized for both his boundary-bending solo album We Are and the soundtrack to the Pixar film, Soul. He also won the Album of the Year Grammy.
India made a mark as Falguni Shah became the first Indian artist to win a Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album award.
Pakistan’s Arooj Aftab also became the first Pakistani woman to win a Grammy as she lifted the Best Global Performance trophy.
AR Rahman attended the event this year along with his son.
Due tribute was paid to Broadway legend, Stephen Sondheim and Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins. But Indian fans were upset as Lata Mangeshkar and Bappi Lahiri were not paid tribute in the ‘In Memoriam’ section
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an unexpected appearance during the ceremony through a pre-recorded video message. While drawing everyone’s attention to the issue in his evocative message to the world he started the speech by saying, “The war. What’s more opposite than music.”
Another Indian artist who was also present this year was Indian rapper, Vivian Fernandes aka Divine.
Bruno Mars celebrated by lighting up a cigarette on stage, leading fans to ask, “Can I bum a smoke?” after Silk Sonic won the Grammy for Song of the Year for their single “Leave The Door Open”.
Lady Gaga received a standing ovation from the audience after her performance of “Do I Love You”.
Doja Cat joked, “I have never taken such a fast p*** in my whole life,” after almost missing her award as she won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Kiss Me More along with SZA because of her bathroom break.
Fans couldn’t have enough as Olivia Rodrigo was seen sitting beside BTS’s V.
The events from The Academy Awards were not forgotten as host Trevor Noah opened the show with the Will Smith joke.