The eclectic African-American jazz musician Jon Batiste and the unexpected retro project Silk Sonic, led by Bruno Mars, triumphed on Sunday at the Grammy Awards, equivalent to the Oscars of American music. Another emotional point of the evening was the appearance of the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who asked the artists and the world to support his country invaded by Russia. Harbing its success, the gala night of the 64th edition, moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas due to the Covid-19 pandemic, opened the evening with an energetic performance by Silk Sonic. Thin mustache for Bruno Mars, disconcerting bowl wig reminiscent of Mireille Mathieu for Anderson .Paak, the two men at the heart of this project inspired by the sounds, sequins and cake-shovel collars of the 70s, went back to the stages shortly thereafter to receive the coveted “Song of the Year” award.
The audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena found them again a little later for “record of the year,” another big category at the Grammy Awards. “We’re doing everything we can to stay humble at this point, but in the business, that’s called a landslide,” Anderson .Paak said. “We love you all. Silk Sonic will pay for tonight’s tour,” he told his hapless opponents.
Jon Batiste showed more elegance after receiving the Grammy Award for album of the year, considered the highest award in the American music industry. “I am deeply convinced of that, there is no better artist, better musician, better dancer, better actor. The creative arts are subjective and touch people at the time of their lives when they need it most”, launched the virtuoso. musician when he received the award from him, the fifth of the day. Jon Batiste, 35, was the big favorite of the evening with eleven nominations. He was notably awarded for the music of the animated film “Soul” which earned him an Oscar in 2021, but he competed in almost every style (R&B, jazz, classical, etc.)
“The Silence of the Ruined Cities”
Another of the favorites, the young Olivia Rodrigo lived a mixed evening. If she was indeed crowned “breakthrough of the year,” a coveted award for launching a career, she didn’t hit the grand slam in the four major categories some predicted for her, like Billie Eilish two years ago.
The 19-year-old artist revealed by Disney Channel also received the award for “best solo pop performance” for her title “Driver’s license”, beating big names like Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Brandi Carlile. Eilish, Bieber and Lil Nas X were among the night’s top contenders in terms of nominations, but they walked away empty-handed, despite putting on memorable stage performances. Lady Gaga she also provided the show performing several songs from “Love for Sale,” her duet album with Tony Bennett, who introduced her in a short video message. Doja Cat saved the day by winning the Grammy for Best Pop Duo Performance thanks to his collaboration with singer SZA on the hit “Kiss Me More”, a particularly successful acid mix of pop and rap sprinkled with disco glitter.
The Ukrainian president moved all the participants by taking the floor, through a video recording, to call on the artists to support their people. “War. What is the exact opposite of music? The silence of ruined cities and dead people,” he launched, dressed in his usual khaki shirt, before the performance of John Legend, accompanied on stage by the artists Ukrainians, Mika. Newton and Lyuba Yakimchukt. “Tell the truth about the war, on your social networks, on television. Support us in every possible way, everything but silence. And then peace will come,” he added.
The whimsical Kanye West was also in the running with his album “Donda,” from which two titles were awarded Sunday afternoon in the rap category, “Hurricane” and “Jail.” The artist obviously hadn’t made the trip to Las Vegas. He was originally scheduled to perform on stage, but the organizers had let him know that he was no longer welcome. In question: Social media attacks on comedian Pete Davidson, in a relationship with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and soiree host Trevor Noah, earning “Ye” a brief ban from Instagram. On the rock side, the Foo Fighters have won all three awards for which they competed, a week after the sudden death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins in Colombia, shortly before a concert. Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s group received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.