Make way for the 64th Grammy Awards: rhinestones and glitter, hard-hitting numbers and, above all, talented artists honored for their achievements. Music was celebrated in style on Sunday night. Let’s go back to some highlights.
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The big winners: Jon Batiste, Olivia Rodrigo and Silk Sonic
Musician Jon Batiste was the most cited artist at these Grammy Awards, having the opportunity to close the evening with 11 awards. He ultimately won four times during the pre-show, most notably for the Pixar movie soundtrack. Thenul, but above all, he closed the evening with the greatest honor: the award for best album of the year thanks to We’re. Olivia Rodrigo also stood out on Sunday with three victories at the grand gala. It was no surprise of her to see her take the stage to receive the Grammy for Best New Artist. The 19-year-old artist, nominated (seven times) for the first time this year, also won the award for best pop vocal album, for Sour. She also beat out Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile and Ariana Grande for Best Pop Solo Performance, thanks to the song. Driver’s license. The duo formed by Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, Silk Sonic, also drew their card from the game. Let the door open it earned them three gold gramophones (best song, best R&B song, and best R&B performance). “In the industry, we call it a clean slate! “, Launched a still amused Anderson.Paak after taking the stage for the second time in the company of Mars.
Other Notable Wins
If he could have qualified in two rap categories, Torontonian Drake dropped out of the running for the Grammy Awards early last winter. Toronto’s other The Weeknd wasn’t on the night either, as he cut ties with the organization after being snubbed in 2021. However, he was nominated three times and rewarded for Hurricane, with Ye and Lil Baby, in the category of best rap/singing collaboration. Tyler, The Creator won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for the impressive call me if you get lost. The disc Start again by Chris Stapleton was crowned Best Country Album. The singer-songwriter also put on a superb performance that earned him a standing ovation during the ceremony. Jazmine Sullivan was also greeted by a standing crowd as she took the stage to accept the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album (for heaux tales).
The best of pop music on stage
Even before the first prize of the evening was awarded, three artists had already given a performance. The Silk Sonic duo opened the ball in the best way. The ever-impressive stage presence of Anderson.Paak and Bruno Mars proved (once again) how much the union of their talents is a boon to popular music. The young and talented Olivia Rodrigo later made her giga-success Driver’s license. Reggaeton singer J Balvin, accompanied by María Becerra, was next. Later that night, Lil Nas X (alongside Jack Harlow for industry baby) dazzled with a performance worthy of his legendary extravagance. A superb staging allowed for an electrifying moment, in dance and voice. And speaking of legend, the arrival of rapper Nas, backed by a brass ensemble, onstage at the Grammy Awards produced another gripping number. Billie Eilish sang her beautiful Happier than everLady Gaga presented songs from the album love for sale (in which she sings with Tony Bennett), winner of two awards. Justin Bieber performed the hit peaches, with Daniel Cesar and Giveon. HER, Brandi Carlile and Carrie Underwood also had their moment on stage, in an evening starring all genres of popular music.
An animation to match
“We did it, people! After a postponement, the Grammy Awards were finally able to take place on Sunday, for the first time in Las Vegas. Just like last year, Trevor Noah was in charge of animation. “We’re going to keep people’s names out of our mouths,” he said in his opening number, referring to what Will Smith yelled at comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars last week, after slapping him live on stage. If the task had been made even more complicated last year by sanitary measures, Trevor Noah again maneuvered very well this year in the evening of more than three hours, where so many things happen at an intense pace. Amused and animated, he managed to shorten the evening a bit.
Reflection and tributes
In mid-afternoon, a speech by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was broadcast just before John Legend’s performance. As Ukraine continues to defend itself from Russian attacks, the Head of State called for everyone’s support for his country. In particular, he pointed out that Ukrainian musicians now played in hospitals to calm the wounded. Along with John Legend for the number that followed, precisely, the Ukrainian artists: the singer Mika Newton and Lyuba Yakimchuktune, a poet who fled his country just a few days ago, who read a few words about the singer’s music. Half an hour before the end of the evening, when the moment should have been assigned to a (canceled) Foo Fighters performance, we pay tribute to the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who passed away on March 25. The Foo Fighters have also won the Golden Gramophones for Best Rock Album for medicine at midnightof the best rock song for waiting for a war and Best Rock Performance for making a fire.