2021 was a splendid year for the music industry. From Bruno Mars’ collaboration, Silk Sonic’s Leave the Door Open to newbie Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers License, the year was full of rising potential and surprises. We cannot deny the fact that fans were gifted with numerous repeat-worthy songs last year. Here we covered some of the best Grammy nominees and winners 2022.
To honor the stars and give them the recognition they deserve, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, or the Grammys 2022, went with a full-blown festive vibe to celebrate the artists of the generation. Moving from its usual venue to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, this is the first time the star-studded event took place in Las Vegas. We have to admit that the Vegas vibes multiplied the celebration!
The (Splendid) Host
Where Was the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Held?
- A. Dolby Theater
- B. MGM Grand Garden Arena
- C. Staples Center
- D. Hollywood Palladium
Trevor Noah returned to host this year, and couldn’t stop himself from opening the evening with a subtle joke about the Will Smith incident that happened during the 94th Academy Awards. The Daily Show host suggested to the crowd to ‘keep people’s names out of our mouths.’
Noah also addressed the Grammy Awards as, “a concert where we give out some awards.” Well, we learned he was not wrong after seeing all the colorful, dynamic performances as the evening progressed.
The Grammy Winners and Nominees
Can anything possibly make us forget this year’s Oscars in just a week? The Grammys proved it can do it in a heartbeat.
From Grammy’s favorite Lady Gaga to 2022’s most nominated Jon Batiste, the red carpet of ‘music’s biggest night’ dazzled with Grammy winners, nominees, and presenters. Famous Grammy winners like Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, and stunning nominees like Lil Nas X and H.E.R graced the carpet with pure swag and fashion.
The 64th Grammy Winners
The Grammys had the ‘door open’ for Slik Sonic as the Bruno Mars-Anderson.Paak collaboration bagged all the four categories it was nominated for—Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song, all for the band’s big hit Leave the Door Open. This recognition proves Mars is a Grammys Darling, with 14 wins out of his 17 nominations.
Newbie Olivia Rodrigo had a smashing win in three major categories—Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Solo Performance, for her album Sour and the song Drivers License.
Jon Batiste had already surprised the music industry with 11 nominations, becoming the artist with the most nominations this year. The 35-year-old singer took home five Grammys, including the most recognized Album of the Year. Batiste’s other wins include Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, and Best Music Video.
The Spectacular Shower of Performances
Grammys host Trevor Noah was right when he said, “Don’t even think of it like an awards show. This is a concert where we’re giving out awards.” With over a dozen artists performing their masterpieces, the Grammys once again proved to host one of the most splendid performances in an award show.
Kicking off the ceremony with Silk Sonic’s 777 was a good choice as the performance reminded us that the Grammys are happening in the Fabulous Las Vegas! Global pop sensation BTS conquered the stage with their James Bond-esque performance for ‘Butter.’
Other notable performances include Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers License, Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, and John Legend’s Free – which was performed after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s emotional cameo.
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