A memorable and jam-packed 2022 Grammy Awards

Ma-Nogoy Faye, Advertising Director

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards were in full swing on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, hosted by Trevor Noah. Some of the music industry’s biggest stars attended, including Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars and Megan Thee Stallion.

The show’s format differed from previous years, seeing as smaller artists took the stage for performances during what would have been commercial breaks.

There were many notable winners for this award season, and a few surprises too. Artist Jon Batiste took home the most awards of the night for album of the year, best American roots performance, best score soundtrack for visual media and best music video. R&B duo Silk Sonic took second place with a sweeping six wins.

Rodrigo, a fan favorite, won three of her seven nominations, taking home the award for best new artist, best pop solo performance for her no. 1 hit “drivers license” and best pop vocal album of the year for her debut studio album. This was a big win for Rodrigo who was not only a first time nominee, but was also in the running alongside the likes of more established names like Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Ariana Grande and last year’s winner, Billie Eilish.

Another shock came from the artist Jazmine Sullivan, who after earning 15 nominations over her 19-year-career, finally received not one, but two Grammys.

“It’s so much bigger than just me, it’s a haven for Black women to tell their stories and that’s what we did in the project, that’s what we did on Instagram,” Sullivan said when asked about how she felt, winning the awards. “Every time I see women on tour, we just come together, we laugh, we love and work together.”

Though the night went smoothly, which many were grateful for, following the events at the Oscars the week prior, there were a few upsets and many were split down the middle in terms of opinions.

One of the biggest of the night came from the category of best pop duo/group Performance. In the category stood ultimate fan favorites BTS, J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy, Bieber with Quavo, Lady Gaga with Grande and Taylor Swift with Bon Iver.

While half of the users on the internet thought that BTS had been snubbed, a win that would have made them the first KPOP group to win this award, others believed that Doja Cat and SZA’s win for their hit song “Kiss Me More” was well deserved.

Viewers were also surprised that Kanye had lost out for best rap album for “Donda.” The award ultimately went to Tyler the Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost.”

Aside from awards, the 2022 Grammys had many memorable performances. Silk Sonic opened the show with a groovy rendition of their lead single “Leave the Door Open.” This was followed up by a striking performance from J Balvin and Maria Becerra.

Rodrigo then took the stage to deliver an emotional performance of her nominated song “drivers license” and Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow followed, bringing the crowd’s energy up with an extended version of their hit “Industry Baby.”

Eilish performed her lead single “Happier Than Ever” with her brother Finneas, who was also nominated for best new artist. BTS made headlines with their unique performance of their hit song “Butter.” ,Finally, Batiste took the roof off with a rendition of his eventual Grammywinning song, “Freedom.”

Other performances included Bieber, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Nas and H.E.R., causing the internet to deem this year’s Grammys a “concert with some awards handed out.”

Ultimately the ceremony was tight-packed with many memorable moments, unforgettable performances and meaningful tributes. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards was a success and a night viewers will never forget.