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Grammys 2022: Olivia Rodrigo is Best New Artist, Silk Sonic captures clean sweep

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The 64th annual Grammy Awards were the perfect cap on a truly eventful awards season.

After a stripped-down, partially-outdoor ceremony last year, the Grammys were back in full force, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The awards show was going to be held in Los Angeles, as it typically is, but the organizer switched locations in January because of rising COVID-19 cases in the California city.

Silk Sonic, a superduo composed of Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak, were the first performers to take to the stage and also to pick up a major award, winning the Grammy for Song of the Year with Leave the Door Open. The track came out highly decorated, also snagging Record of the Year, Best R&B Song, and tied with Jazmine Sullivan for Best R&B Performance.

Silk Sonic won all the categories it was nominated for, with Paak calling the night “a clean sweep.”

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Bruno Mars of Silk Sonic performs 777 onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Rich Fury/Getty Images

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Their intro performance was closely followed by a rendition of drivers license by newcomer Olivia Rodrigo. The teenaged pop star snagged the coveted Best New Artist award after taking the music world by storm with her debut album Sour. Rodrigo also won for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Jon Batiste, a multi-genre artist who garnered the most Grammy nominations this year, being acknowledged in 11 categories, took home Album of the Year for his LP We Are. He earned another four Grammys at the Premiere Ceremony for a total of five wins.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a surprise video appearance at the ceremony, asking artists in the room to use their art to raise awareness about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Zelenskyy’s speech was followed up by a performance by John Legend, featuring Ukrainian singer Mika Newton and Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk — who fled the embattled country just three days ago.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks on screen during a video appearance at the Grammys. Rich Fury/Getty Images

The Foo Fighters won big during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony, grabbing all three awards they were nominated for: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. The critically acclaimed band was originally booked to perform tonight but did not attend the ceremony as they grieve the loss of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

A tribute to Hawkins lead the night’s In Memoriam segment. Rachel Zegler, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Cynthia Erivo sang a medley of musical theatre hits, paying homage to some of the music industry’s lost stars this past year, including Stephen Sondheim, Meatloaf, DMX, and Young Dolph.

Billie Eilish also paid tribute to Hawkins at the ceremony, donning a T-shirt with his image for her performance of Happier Than Ever. The pop star is up for five awards tonight including Album and Record of the Year.

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Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar, two artists who hail from Ontario, performed their hit song Peaches for the Grammy audience. Immediately after, Canadian pop-punker Avril Lavigne took to the stage to present the Grammy award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which was won by Doja Cat and SZA for Kiss Me More.

BTS also took to the main stage to perform an impeccably choreographed routine — their signature — to their Grammy-nominated single, Butter. 

Jimin, J-Hope, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, and V of BTS perform onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

Chris Stapleton took home the Best Country Album for his fourth LP, Starting Over. The American singer-songwriter also picked up awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.

But before the Grammys even began it was marred by controversy.

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Kanye West was dropped from the performance lineup because of his “concerning online behaviour” of late, including a very public spat with Grammys host Trevor Noah.

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Find below a complete list of all the nominees in the major categories. Final winners will be bolded as the ceremony goes on.

Album of the Year

** WINNER: We Are, Jon Batiste
Love for Sale, Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe), Doja Cat
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Back of My Mind, H.E.R.
Montero, Lil Nas X
Sour, Olivia Rodrigo
Evermore, Taylor Swift
Donda, Kanye West

Record of the Year

I Still Have Faith in You, ABBA
Freedom, Jon Batiste
I Get a Kick Out of You, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Peaches, Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
Right on Time, Brandi Carlile
Kiss Me More, Doja Cat Featuring SZA
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Montero (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X
drivers license, Olivia Rodrigo
** WINNER: Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic

Song of the Year

Bad Habits, Ed Sheeran
A Beautiful Noise, Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile
drivers license, Olivia Rodrigo
Fight for You, H.E.R.
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Kiss Me More, Doja Cat Featuring Sza
** WINNER: Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic
Montero (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X
Peaches, Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
Right on Time, Brandi Carlile

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Best Pop Vocal Album

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe), Doja Cat
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Positions, Ariana Grande
** WINNER: Sour, Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Solo Performance

Anyone, Justin Bieber
Right on Time, Brandi Carlile
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Positions, Ariana Grande
** WINNER: drivers license, Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

I Get a Kick Out of You, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Lonely, Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco
Butter, BTS
Higher Power, Coldplay
** WINNER: Kiss Me More, Doja Cat featuring SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

** WINNER: Love for Sale, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
’Til We Meet Again (Live), Norah Jones
A Tori Kelly Christmas, Tori Kelly
Ledisi Sings Nina, Ledisi
That’s Life, Willie Nelson
A Holly Dolly Christmas, Dolly Parton

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab
Jimmie Allen
Baby Keem
Finneas
Glass Animals
Japanese Breakfast
The Kid Laroi
Arlo Parks
** WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo
Saweetie

Best Rap Performance

** WINNER: Family Ties, Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar
Up, Cardi B
My Life, J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray
Way 2 Sexy, Drake featuring Future and Young Thug
Thot S–t, Megan Thee Stallion

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Pride Is the Devil, J. Cole featuring Lil Baby
Need to Know, Doja Cat
Industry Baby, Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow
Wusyaname, Tyler, The Creator featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again and Ty Dolla $ign
** WINNER: Hurricane, Kanye West featuring The Weeknd and Lil Baby

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Best Rap Song

Bath Salts, DMX featuring Jay-Z and Nas
Best Friend, Saweetie featuring Doja Cat
Family Ties, Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar
** WINNER: Jail, Kanye West featuring Jay-Z
My Life, J. Cole featuring 21 Savage & Morray

Best Rap Album

The Off-Season, J. Cole
Certified Lover Boy, Drake
King’s Disease II, Nas
** WINNER: Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, the Creator
Donda, Kanye West

Best R&B Performance

Lost You, Snoh Aalegra
Peaches, Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
Damage, H.E.R.
** WINNER: Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic
** WINNER: Pick Up Your Feelings, Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance

I Need You, Jon Batiste
Bring It on Home to Me, BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton and Kenyon Dixon featuring Charlie Bereal
Born Again, Leon Bridges featuring Robert Glasper
** WINNER: Fight for You, H.E.R.
How Much Can a Heart Take, Lucky Daye featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song

Damage, H.E.R.
Good Days, SZA
Heartbreak Anniversary, Giveon
** WINNER: Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic
Pick Up Your Feelings, Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Album

Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies, Snoh Aalegra
We Are, Jon Batiste
Gold-Diggers Sound, Leon Bridges
Back of My Mind, H.E.R.
** WINNER: Heaux Tales, Jazmine Sullivan

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Best Dance Recording

Hero, Afrojack and David Guetta
Loom, Ólafur Arnalds featuring Bonobo
Before, James Blake
Heartbreak, Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
You Can Do It, Caribou
** WINNER: Alive, Rüfüs Du Sol
The Business, Tiësto

Best Dance/Electronic Album

** WINNER: Subconsciously, Black Coffee
Fallen Embers, Illenium
Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded), Major Lazer
Shockwave, Marshmello
Free Love, Sylvan Esso
Judgement, Ten City

Best Rock Album

Power Up, AC/DC
Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A, Black Pumas
No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1, Chris Cornell
** WINNER: Medicine at Midnight, Foo Fighters
McCartney III, Paul McCartney

Best Rock Song

All My Favorite Songs, Weezer
The Bandit, Kings of Leon
Distance, Mammoth Wvh
Find My Way, Paul McCartney
** WINNER: Waiting on a War, Foo Fighters

Best Rock Performance

Shot in the Dark, AC/DC
Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A), Black Pumas
Nothing Compares 2 U, Chris Cornell
Ohms, Deftones
** WINNER: Making a Fire, Foo Fighters

Best Metal Performance

Genesis, Deftones
** WINNER: The Alien, Dream Theater
Amazonia, Gojira
Pushing the Tides, Mastodon
The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition), Rob Zombie

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Best Alternative Music Album

Shore, Fleet Foxes
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey
Jubilee, Japanese Breakfast
Collapsed in Sunbeams, Arlo Parks
** WINNER: Daddy’s Home, St. Vincent

Best Country Album

Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
Remember Her Name, Mickey Guyton
The Marfa Tapes, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram
The Ballad of Dood & Juanita, Sturgill Simpson
** WINNER: Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Solo Performance

Forever After All, Luke Combs
Remember Her Name, Mickey Guyton
All I Do Is Drive, Jason Isbell
Camera Roll, Kacey Musgraves
** WINNER: You Should Probably Leave, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

If I Didn’t Love You, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
** WINNER: Younger Me, Brothers Osborne
Glad You Exist, Dan + Shay
Chasing After You, Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris
Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home), Elle King and Miranda Lambert

Best Country Song

Better Than We Found It, Maren Morris
Camera Roll, Kacey Musgraves
** WINNER: Cold, Chris Stapleton
Country Again, Thomas Rhett
Fancy Like, Walker Hayes
Remember Her Name, Mickey Guyton

Best Latin Pop Album

Vértigo, Pablo Alborán
Mis Amores, Paula Arenas
Hecho a la Antigua, Ricardo Arjona
Mis Manos, Camilo
** WINNER: Mendó, Alex Cuba
Revelación, Selena Gomez

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Best Comedy Album

The Comedy Vaccine, Lavell Crawford
Evolution, Chelsea Handler
** WINNER: Sincerely Louis C.K., Louis C.K.
Thanks For Risking Your Life, Lewis Black
The Greatest Average American, Nate Bargatze
Zero F–ks Given, Kevin Hart

Best Musical Theatre Album

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Original Album Cast)
Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers, Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater (World Premiere Cast)
Girl From The North Country, Simon Hale (Original Broadway Cast)
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert, Cameron Mackintosh, Lee Mccutcheon and Stephenmetcalfe (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company)
Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots, Daniel C. Levine (World Premiere Cast)
** WINNER: The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Emily Bear (Barlow & Bear)

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Cruella
Dear Evan Hansen
In the Heights
One Night in Miami
Respect
Schmigadoon!
** WINNER: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Bridgerton
Dune
The Mandalorian Season 2
** WINNER: The Queen’s Gambit
** WINNER: Soul

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