As the biggest night of music draws to a close, could Taylor Swift make history with a fourth album of the year win? And who will win in the showdown between teenager Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish?
Sunday’s 64th Grammy Awards have moved from LA to Las Vegas, bringing a host of intriguing storylines to Sin City.
Swift has only one nomination for “Evermore”, but it’s a big one: album of the year. By taking that home, she would put herself at the top of the mountain, as she is currently tied with Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder with three victories in the category each.
Mega-popular BTS seems to be the first K-pop act again with a Grammy win – their hit “Butter” is up for best pop duo / group performance. And Rodrigo was able to sweep the top four categories – record, song and album of the year, plus the best new artist – following in the footsteps of Eilish’s trophy two years ago.
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The big winner in the early Grammy premiere ceremony was Jon Batiste with four awards. But nominated in only three categories during the main show, he will fall short of the colorful record of Jackson and Santana of eight Grammys in one show. (Batiste had other big news to share on Sunday: he revealed that he has been secretly married since February.)
Here are all the highlights and winners of the prime-time Grammys:
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BTS releases ‘Butter’, screaming crowds respond
After one of the K-Pop crew shares a moment with Olivia Rodrigo, the mega-popular group launches a performance of “Butter” with a whole bunch of smooth dancing to melt everyone’s hearts.
Silk Sonic wins song of the year for ‘Leave the Door Open’
Questlove throws out another Oscars joke – “I’ll present this award and I hope your people stay about 500 feet away from me – before this year’s song goes to Silk Sonic.” Andy, I could not be more proud of doing this song with you, “Bruno Mars told partner Anderson .Paak.
Olivia Rodrigo breaks the ‘Drivers License’, J Balvin goes ‘In the Ghetto’
Rodrigo begins to sit behind the wheel of a spiffy car as she performs a tender-turned-rockin ‘version of her enormous hit song “Drivers License”. She also sings by walking down a fake street and looks like she’s lost on the way to the prom, but she’s emotional like a champion, so it’s OK. Noah jokes that Rodrigo confirms “how heartbreaking it is to go to the DMV” before J Balvin joins Maria Becerra for “Qué Más Pues?” then launches into “In da Ghetto” with an army of dancing arms.
Silk Sonic begins the Grammys show by bringing the funk
“Vegas, baby! I can smell the bad decisions here already,” says host Trevor Noah of the Grammys broadcast at the top of the MGM Grand. He sends it to the Grand Garden Arena, where Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) plays a brassy rendition of “777” – and calls it James Brown – in a jam that feels right at home in the land of craps tables and roulette wheels. Afterwards, Noah makes the first Oscars slap joke of the night: “We’ll keep people’s names out of our mouths all night!”
St. Vincent takes second best alternative music album Grammy
A bright St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) talks backstage about “Daddy’s Home”, her Grammy-winning best alternative music album. “I wish the listener had the feeling that they were sitting in an old leather armchair with a glass of bourbon and luxury in the album,” she says.
Posing in a pink dress with accents with feathers, St. Vincent was proud that more women in the category had landed there since her 2015 victory there than the first woman to do so since Sinead O’Connor 20 years earlier. “I’m glad times are changing,” she says.
Kanye West reigns two rap categories, Olivia Rodrigo gets her first Grammy
Ye wins for best melodic rap performance “Hurricane” and rap song (“Jail” with Jay-Z), but loses the rap album Grammy to Tyler, the Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost.” Rodrigo’s breakout “Drivers License” is called the best pop solo performance, while Tony Bennettt and Lady Gaga’s “Love for Sale” wins for pop song album.
Foo Fighters sweep rock Grammys after the death of Taylor Hawkins
Dave Grohl’s band wins Best Rock Performance (“Making a Fire”), Best Rock Song (“Waiting on a War”) and Rock Album (“Medicine at Midnight”). Foo Fighters would perform at the Grammys, but canceled their performances as well as the rest of their tour after drummer Hawkins died unexpectedly last month. In addition, HER’s “Fight for You” is named best traditional R&B performance and Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” takes the best R&B song and bands for R&B performance.
CeCe Winans wins three, George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ anniversary album takes honor
Winans draws a hat trick and wins for gospel performances / songs, contemporary Christian music performances / songs and best gospel album, while Carrie Underwood’s “My Savior” is named as best roots gospel album. Plus George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition” gets the best package as a special limited edition package, making it the first Grammy to hit the former Beatle since 2002, when “Marwa Blues,” of his latest album “Brainwashed,” earned. a nod to best pop instrumental performance.
“This album has really endured,” says his widow, Olivia Harrison, backstage. “It’s full of hope and inspiration and good rock ‘n’ roll and great musicians. It’s George’s seminal work. He got his first Grammy 58 years ago (with The Beatles winning the best new artist) and it’s great that I’m here 58 years later. People have told me how (this music) has helped and healed them. “
Jon Batiste runs his Grammy haul after four, ‘Summer of Soul’ gets Grammy love
Batiste lengthens his streak, taking best music video for “Freedom.” “We just wanted everyone to see it and was transformed by joy,” he says of setting up the video in New Orleans. And just seven days after winning the best documentary at the Oscars, “Summer of Soul” wins the Grammy for Best Music Film. “What a journey for this film, from Sundance (Film Festival) to last week,” says director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson with a knowing laugh. (His Oscar win came right after Will Smith beat Chris Rock.)
Joni Mitchell receives Grammy for Best Historical Album
After making an emotional return to the stage at the MusiCares pre-Grammys tribute on Friday, Mitchell receives a Grammy for “Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963–1967).” “I did not expect this,” says the legendary singer, thanking Cameron Crowe (who made the liner notes) and “my angel”, her physiotherapist who has been helping her since she suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015.
Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne win country Grammys
Stapleton calls out the house band in accepting his best country solo performance for “You Should Probably Leave.” “I was really slow, so they had to play for a long time,” says Stapleton, who also takes the best country song for “Cold.” And Brothers Osborne takes the Grammy for country duo / group performance for “Younger Me”, written in response to TJ Osborne’s release. “I never thought I would do professional music because of my sexual orientation,” says the first openly gay artist signed to a major country label. would change lives in a negative way. (But) I’m here with a man I love and who holds me back. I do not know what I did to be so happy. “
In addition, Batiste runs his 2022 Grammy Hall to three, winning for American Roots Performance and Roots Song.
The Police drummer Stewart Copeland takes New Age album Grammy
“This has to be a first: a rock drum in a new age category,” says Copeland, a founder of The Police who wins for “Divine Tides” with Ricky Kej. Angelique Kidjo’s “Mother Nature” takes the Grammy for worldwide music album and the late Chick Corea receives two honors: best improvised jazz solo for “Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)” and Latin jazz album for “Mirror Mirror” with Eliane Elias and Chucho Valdés.
Jon Batiste wins Grammy for ‘Soul’ soundtrack
“Tell the truth, you did not expect Kunta to be so good, did you?” says host LeVar Burton, the “Star Trek” and “Roots” actor, to start the Grammys preshow. He points to the global unrest of the moment but also offers a positive message: “Music is a balm for all our souls.”
Batiste grabs his first Grammy of the day – for “Soul”, which is linked to “The Queen’s Gambit” for scoring soundtrack for visual media. Bo Burnham’s “All Eyes on Me” snags best song for visual media, “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” wins for best musical theater album and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” takes the honor of compiling soundtrack for visual media.
Olivia Rodrigo vs. Billie Eilish may have been one for centuries
Two years after soaring to great Grammy honors, Eilish returns this year with seven nominations, including album, song and record of the year for her “Happier Than Ever” and his title track. Rodrigo, the new kid on the scene, also has seven buttons including those key categories. Plus she’s a favorite for the prestigious best new artist – yes, who won Eilish in 2020 – against a field that includes Glass Animals, Saweetie and Eilish’s own brother, Finneas.
Wondering how to watch the Grammy Awards? We have you
You can tune in to the premiere ceremony – when about 70 of the 86 prizes will be awarded – starting at 3:30 EDT / 12:30 PDT on grammy.com and the Recording Academy YouTube channel. Red carpet arrivals will be streamed on grammy.com from 6:30 EDT / 3:30 PDT; E! begins its coverage at 4 EDT / 1 PDT, with “Live From E !: Grammys” starting at 6 EDT / 3 PDT. And then there’s the prime-time show: It airs live on CBS and Paramount + on 8 EDT / 5 PDT, and is also accessible via CBS.com and the CBS app (with a cable subscription).
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Contribution: Melissa Ruggieri