Grammy 2022 highlights, winners, surprises and more

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was formerly scheduled to take place on 31st January 2022, and finally took place on Sunday night (3rd April 2022) in Las Vegas. South African comedian Trevor Noah returned as this year’s host; he previously hosted the award show in 2021. At this year’s award, American Singer-Songwriter Jonathan Michael Batiste is, popularly known as “Batiste,” was the most nominated artiste with 11 nominations. Doja Cat, H.E.R., and Justin Bieber all got eight nominations each.

Grammy 2022: Surprises and Highlights

In November 2021, when the Grammy announced the 2022 nominations. Nigerian Afrobeat singer Wizkid scored two nominations. He was nominated for “Best Global Music Performance” for his 2021 song “Essence,” which featured Nigerian-Singer, Tems. He also earned a second nomination for “Best Global Music Album” for the deluxe version of his 2020 studio album- Made in Lagos. The Deluxe version was released in 2021 and featured appearances from American Singer-Songwriter Justin Bieber and Buju.

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The nomination was predicted and expected to be Wizkid’s first-ever Grammy Award, given that in 2020 fellow Nigerian Afrobeat powerhouse Burna Boy will become one of the first Nigerian Afrobeat artists to win a Grammy Award. However, before the live show started on Sunday night, the Best Global Music Album winner was announced. Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo won the category instead. Following Kidjo’s win, music lovers and critics express their thoughts on Wizkid losing not just one but two categories at this year’s award.

Bastille emerged as one of the biggest winners of the night. The Singer-songwriter won in five categories: ‘ Record Of The Year,’ ‘Album Of The Year,’ ‘Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song’ and ‘Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.’

Bastille claims biggest Grammy award at 2022 event
Bastille

Singer and Songwriter Olivia Rodrigo followed as the second biggest winner of the night, snagging three trophies for “Best New Artist,” Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album.

American R n B duo Silk Sonic followed next, winning “Song Of The Year”and “Record Of The Year.”

Singer and Rapper Doja Cat became a first-time Grammy winner for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Kiss Me More”, which featured S.Z.A. Their acceptance cameo for the award was one of the most comical highlights of the ceremony, S.Z.A. showed up on stage in crutches revealing she had fallen off her bed earlier before the ceremony. At the same time, Doja Cat was close to missing her win after going on a bathroom break a few minutes after she was announced as the winner in the category.

Jazmine Sullivan also became a first-time Grammy winner. The singer won “Best R&B Album for her 2020 album “Heaux Tales.”

The biggest highlight of the award ceremony was when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a pre-recorded speech concerning the war going on in Ukraine. He urges everyone to support in any way they can. Following the pre-recorded speech, John Legend performed a hymn-like new song titled ‘Free’ alongside poet Lyuba Yakimchuk, Ukrainian singer Mika Newton, and bandura [zither] player Siuzanna Iglidan, who is also from Ukraine.

Lady Gaga delivered a heartfelt tribute performance to the late American Singer Tony Benett. Other performances at the ceremony were Silk Sonic [Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak], who opened the award show, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, B.T.S., J Balvin, Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Nas, Chris Stapleton, Justin Bieber, H.E.R, Carrie Underwood, and the Brothers Osborne also performed at the ceremony.

In another tribute, the award ceremony took an extended moment to honor Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighter’s drummer, who passed away about a week ago while on tour with the band in Colombia. The tribute featured a compilation of photos and video footage from his career as a drummer with the band. Taylor Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in the ’90s and died at age 50.

Host of the night, Trevor Noah, in his opening monologue at the ceremony, referred to Will Smith’s Oscars outburst a few weeks ago. He quotes, ‘We’re going to be dancing, we’re going to be singing, we’re going to be keeping people’s names out of our mouths’.

Trevor Noah host at Grammy 2022
Trevor Noah

Complete list of winners at the 2022 Grammy

Record of the Year

  • Leave the Door Open – Silk Sonic Winner
  • I Still Have Faith in You- ABBA
  • Freedom – Jon Batiste
  • I Get a Kick Out of You- Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • Peaches- Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
  • Right on Time- Brandi Carlile
  • Kiss Me More- Doja Cat featuring S.Z.A.
  • Happier Than Ever- Billie Eilish
  • Montero [Call Me by Your Name] – Lil Nas X
  • Drivers License- Olivia Rodrigo

Album of the Year

  • We Are– Jon Batiste Winner
  • 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

Song of the Year

  • Leave the Door Open – Silk Sonic Winner
  • Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran
  • A Beautiful Noise- Key and Carlile
  • Drivers License- Olivia Rodrigo
  • Fight for You- H.E.R.
  • Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish
  • Kiss Me More- Doja Cat featuring S.Z.A.
  • Montero [Call Me by Your Name]- Lil Nas X
  • Peaches- Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
  • Right on Time- Brandi Carlile

Best New Artist

  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Finneas
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Arlo Parks
  • Saweetie
Olivia Rodrigo Wins Best New Artist at the 2022 Grammy Awards
Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Driver License- Olivia Rodrigo Winner
  • Anyone- Justin Bieber
  • Right on Time- Brandi Carlile
  • Happier Than Ever- Billie Eilish
  • Positions- Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Kiss Me More- Doja Cat featuring SZA
  • I Get A Kick Out of You- Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • Lonely- Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco
  • Butter- B.T.S.
  • Higher Power- Coldplay

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Love for Sale- Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Winner
  • Till 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 Pop Vocal Album

  • Sour- Olivia Rodrigo
  • Justice [Triple Chucks Deluxe] – Justin Bieber
  • Planet Her [Deluxe] – Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever- Billie Eilish
  • Positions – Ariana Grande

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

  • Alive – Rufus Du Sol
  • Hero- Afrojack and David Guetta
  • Loom- Olafur Arnalds featuring Bonobo
  • Before- James Blake
  • Heartbreak- Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
  • You Can Do It- Caribou
  • The Business- Tiesto

Best Dance/Electronic Album

  • Subconsciously – Black Coffee Winner
  • Fallen Embers – Illenium
  • Music Is the Weapon [Reloaded]- Major Lazer
  • Shockwave – Marshmello
  • Free Love- Sylvan Esso
  • Judgment – Ten City

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Tree Falls- Taylor Eigsti Winner
  • Double Dealin- Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal
  • The Garden- Rachel Eckroth
  • At Blue Note Tokyo- Steve Gadd Band
  • Deep; The Baritone Sessions Vol.2 – Mark Lettieri

Best Rock Performance

  • Making a Fire- Foo Fighters Winner
  • Shot in the Dark- AC/DC
  • Know You Better [Live from Capitol Studio A]- Black Pumas
  • Nothing Compares 2 U- Chris Cornell
  • Ohms- Deftones

Best Metal Performance

  • The Alien- Dream Theater Winner
  • Genesis- Deftones
  • Amazonia – Gojira
  • Pushing the Tides- Mastodon
  • The Triumph of King Freak [A Crypt of Preservation and Supersition]- Rob Zombie

Best Rock Song

  • Waiting on a War – Foo Fighters Winner
  • All My Favourite Songs – Weezer
  • The Bandit- King of Leon
  • Distance- Mammoth W.V.H.
  • Find My Way- Paul McCartney

Best Rock Album

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

Best Alternative Music Album

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

Best R &B Performance

  • Leave the Door Open- Silk Sonic Winner
  • Pick Up Your Feelings – Jazmine Sullivan Winner
  • Lost You- Snoh Aalegra
  • Peaches- Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
  • Damage- H.E.R.

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • Fight for You- H.E.R Winner 
  • 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
  • How Much Can a Heart Take- Lucky Daye featuring Yebba

Best R &B Song

  • Leave the Door Open- Silk Sonic Winner
  • Damage- H.E.R.
  • Good Days- S.Z.A.
  • Heartbreak Anniversary- Giveon
  • Pick Up Your Feelings – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Progressive R &B Album

  • Table for Two– Lucky Daye Winner
  • New Light – Eric Bellinger
  • Something To Say- Cory Henry
  • Mood Valiant- Hiatus Kaiyote

Dinner Party; Dessert- Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington

  • Studying Abroad; Extended Stay- Masego

Best R&B Album

  • Heaux Tales- Jazmine Sullivan Winner
  • Temporary High in the Violet Skies- Snoh Aalegra
  • We Are- Jon Batiste
  • Gold-Diggers Sound- Leon Bridges
  • Back of My Mind- H.E.R.

Best Rap Performance

  • Family Ties- Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar Winner
  • Up- Cardi B
  • My Life- J.Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray
  • Thot S--t- Megan Thee Stallion

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • Hurricane- Kanye West featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby
  • 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 Sign

Best Rap Song

  • Jail- Kanye West featuring Jay-Z Winner
  • Bath Salts- D.M.X. featuring Jay-Z and Nas
  • Best Friends- Saweetie featuring Doja Cat
  • Family Ties- Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • My Life- J.Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray

Best Rap Album

  • Call Me If You Get Lost- Tyler, the Creator Winner
  • The Off-Season- J.Cole
  • King’s Disease II- Nas
  • Donda- Kanye West
Angélique Kidjo Win 2022 Grammy Awards
Angélique Kidjo

Best Global Music Album

  • Mother Nature- Angelique Kidjo Winner
  • Voice of Bunbon [Vol.1] – Rocky Dawuni
  • East West Players Presents; Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert- Daniel Ho and Friends
  • Legacy plus – Femi Kuti and Made Kuti
  • Made in Lagos [Deluxe Edition]- Wizkid

Best Global Music Performance

  • Mohabbat- Arooj Aftab Winner
  • Do Yourself- Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy
  • Pa Pa Pa – Femi Kuti
  • Blewu- Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo
  • Essence- Wizkid featuring Tems

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