64th Annual Grammy Awards


Dane Healey

On April 3, the 64th annual Grammy Awards were held in Las Vegas at 7:00pm. Even Ukrainian President Zelensky made a virtual appearance. Many artists came, some didn’t. Miley Cyrus stated that she had to skip due to testing positive for COVID-19, Cardi B said that she had to skip after undergoing controversy and people making hateful posts towards her kids. She ended up deleting Twitter after not being able to handle the hate and commented on her own fan base being childish and annoying.

At the start of the Grammys, multiple artists such as Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish took the stage and performed. All the winners are listed below:

  • Record Of The Year: Leave The Door Open” by Silk Sonic and Bruno Mars
  • Album of The Year: “WE ARE” by Jon Batiste
  • Song of the Year: Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic and Bruno Mars
  • Best New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
  • Best Pop Solo Performance: drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and SZA
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Love for Sale” by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
  • Best Dance/Electronic Recording: “Alive” by Rüfüs Du Sol
  • Best Dance/Electronic Music Album: “Subconsciously” by Black Coffee 
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Tree Falls” by
    Taylor Eigsti
  • Best Rock Performance: “Making a Fire” by Foo Fighters
  • Best Metal Performance: The Alien” by Dream Theater
  • Best Rock Song: “Waiting on a War” by Foo Fighters
  • Best Rock Album: “Medicine at Midnight” by Foo Fighters
  • Best Alternative Music Album: “Daddy’s Home” by St. Vincent
  • Best R&B Performance: Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic & “Pick Up Your Feelings” by Jazmine Sullivan
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Fight For You” by H.E.R.
  • Best R&B Song: “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic
  • Best Progressive R&B Album: Table for Two” by Lucky Daye
  • Best R&B Album Producer: Jazmine Sullivan
  • Best Rap Performance: “Family Ties” by Baby Keem (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • Best Melodic Rap Performance: “Hurricane” by Ye
  • Best Rap Song: “Jail” by Ye
  • Best Rap Album: “Call Me If You Get Lost” by Tyler, the Creator
  • Best Country Solo Performance: “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton
  • Best Comedy Album: “Sincerely Louis CK” by Louis C.K
  • Best Roots Gospel Album: My Savior” by Carrie Underwood
  • Best Gospel Album: “Believe For It” by CeCe Winans
  • Best American Roots Performance: CRY” by Jon Batiste 
  • Best Música Urbana Album: “El Último Tour Del Mundo” by Bad Bunny
  • Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: “Origen” by Juanas
  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)” by Chick Corea 
  • Best Latin Jazz Album: Mirror Mirror” by Eliane Elias
  • Best Musical Theater Album: “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” by Abigail Barlow, Barlow & Bear, and Emily Bear
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: The United States v. Billie Holliday” by Andra Day
    • Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: (tie) “Soul” by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and “The Queen’s Gambit,” by Carlos Rafael Rivera
  • Best Global Music: Mohabbat” by Arooj Aftab
  • Best Global Music Album: “Mother Nature” by Angélique Kidjo
  • Best Traditional Blues Album: “I Be Trying”: Cedric Burnside
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album: “662” by Christone Ingram
  • Best Folk Album: “They’re Calling Me Home” by Rhiannon Giddens
  • Best Historical Album: “Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)” by Joni Mitchell

Jon Batiste won the most Grammys out of everyone, winning 5 in just one year. However, even after the amazing performances from artists like Lady Gaga, Billie Ellish, Lil Nas X, BTS, and more, the Grammys barely moved the needle with television. The Grammys went up 4% in viewing from last year, which is still very faulty. They reached an approximate of 9.6 million active viewers. “Don’t even think of it as an award show,” said Trevor Noah (host), “think of it as a concert where we gave out awards.”

Due to some drama, some artists couldn’t show up. For example, Kanye West was set to perform at the Grammys, but after some “concerning internet behavior,” he wasn’t allowed to appear. The reason behind this is because of his current status with his relationship with Kim Kardashian, which no longer exists. Kim Kardashian started dating Pete Davidson, comedian and actor who rose to fame after his appearances on Saturday Night Live. Besides all the drama, the Grammys were depicted as one of the best of all time, and can’t be beat.