This year’s Grammy Awards took place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time, and amped up the performances, fanfare, and occupancy, after the pandemic scale down in the past year. Marking its 64th year, the Grammys were entertaining and impactful, without the drama that latest live tv showings have offered (we’re looking at you, Oscars).

Grammy Highlights

As expected, the live performances were the main draw of the music focused event.  Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo sang their hearts out on their respective, lovelorn tracks, BTS  represented for the K pop legions, and Lady Gaga embraced her theatrical techniques.

In a recording, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky made a solemn plea for peace was a moving segment providing stark contrast to the upbeat live performances.  “The war. What is more opposite to music?” He said gravely.

The awards acceptance speeches were as heartfelt as ever, with a touch of realness. Most noteworthy in Doja Cat’s hurried appearance to the stage.

2022 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year

“Leave The Door Open”  Silk Sonic

Song of the Year

“Leave The Door Open” Silk Sonic 

Album of the Year

“We Are” Jon Batiste 

Best New Artist

Olivia Rodrigo 

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Drivers License” Olivia Rodrigo 

Best Pop Duo or Group Performance

“Kiss Me More” Doja Cat feat. SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Love for Sale” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Sour” Olivia Rodrigo

Best Dance Recording

“Alive” Rüfüs Du Sol 

Best Rap Album

“Call Me If You Get Lost Tyler, the Creator 

Best Rap Performance

“Family Ties” Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Song

“Jail” Kanye West, Jay-Z 

Best Latin Pop Album

“Mendó” Alex Cuba 

Best Musica Urbana Album

“El Último Tour Del Mundo” Bad Bunny 

Best American Roots Performance

“Cry” Jon Batiste

Best R&B Performance

“Leave The Door Open” Silk Sonic  (tie)

“Pick Up Your Feelings”Jazmine Sullivan  (tie)

Best R&B Song

“Leave The Door Open” Silk Sonic 

Best R&B Album

“Heaux Tales” Jazmine Sullivan 

Best Country Solo Performance

“You Should Probably Leave”Chris Stapleton 

Best Country Duo or Group Performance

“Younger Me”Brothers Osborne 

Best Country Song

“Cold” Chris Stapleton 

Best Country Album

“Starting Over” Chris Stapleton 

Best Rock Performance

“Making a Fire” Foo Fighters 

Best Rock Song

“Waiting on a War” Foo Fighters 

Best Rock Album

“Medicine at Midnight” Foo Fighters

 

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