Jon Batiste tops Grammys; Silk Sonic flies away, Rodrigo crowned

Jonathan Landrum Jr.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Olivia Rodrigo made an impressive Grammy debut, Silk Sonic picked up two major awards, and Jon Batiste scored the biggest win of the night when he took home the top prize at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

Batiste won five Grammys on Sunday, including album of the year for We Are, shaking up a packed category filled with tough competitors from Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and the combined talents of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. After his victory, the multi-genre performer paid tribute to the artists he beat, telling the audience that “creative arts are subjective. Be you “.

“I just put my head down and work on the craft every day,” said Batiste, who won for his song Cry, the video for Freedom and his work with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the Soul soundtrack.

Silk Sonic – the star union of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak – won awards in all four categories in which it was nominated, including record and song of the year. The two were exuberant as they accepted the honor towards the end of the ceremony.

Victories in both major categories put Mars on the brink of history: he became the only artist along with Paul Simon to win the year record three times. He tied the record for most songs of the year with two wins.

“We’re really trying our best to stay humble at this point,” Paak said. “But in the industry, we call it a sweep!”

Rodrigo’s win for Best New Artist put her in esteemed company including Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, The Beatles and Billie Eilish.

The late Taylor Hawkins appears on Billie Eilish’s (R) shirt as she and FINNEAS perform ‘Happier Than Ever’ at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. PHOTOS: AP
Doja Cat, winner of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Kiss Me More’ at the 64th Grammy Awards
ABOVE AND BELOW: Jon Batiste poses with his awards; Olivia Rodrigo accepts Best New Artist award; Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein, Questlove and Joseph Patel accept Best Musical Film Album for ‘Summer Of Soul’; and BTS perform “Butter” at the Grammy Awards

Brandi Carlile performs “Right on Time” at the Grammy Awards
Silk Sonic’s Anderson Paak (L) and Bruno Mars perform ‘777’

A veteran of the High School Musical series, she became the music star of 2021, leading with her huge viral hit Drivers License and following with the single Good 4 U and the painful album Sour, which won Best Pop Vocal Album. .

“It’s my biggest dream come true,” she said after her win for Best New Artist. She thanked her parents for supporting her dreams, which at one point involved being an Olympic gymnast and soon turned to music.

“I want to thank my mom for being so supportive of all my dreams, no matter how crazy. I want to thank my mom and dad for being as proud of me for winning a Grammy as they are. were when I learned to reverse.

The victory came after the night’s festivities briefly darkened when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the assembly with an update on the war and the number of children injured and killed.

“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos,” he said. “We are fighting against Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music.

He ended by saying, “Tell the truth about the war on your social media, on TV. Support us in any way you can, but not silently. And then peace will come to all our cities.

John Legend then performed Free with Ukrainian exiles, including singer-actress Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Silk Sonic opened the ceremony in Las Vegas with their energetic and infectious mix of retro soul and funk performing their 777. They returned to the stage shortly after to collect the song of the year trophy for Leave the Door. Open.

Mars and Paak jumped up from their seats, raised their hands and danced to their song.
“We will sing this song together for the rest of our lives,” Mars told Paak.

Host Trevor Noah introduced the duo’s opening performance saying they singlehandedly brought back the 1970s, “which might explain the inflation”.

Doja Cat and SZA delivered an emotional speech after winning Best Performance by a Pop Duo for Kiss Me More. Cat told SZA she was “everything to me” and “the epitome of talent” as she tried to hold back tears.

“It’s a big deal,” Cat said after rushing to the podium after using the bathroom. SZA beat her by seconds despite taking the stage on crutches with the help of Lady Gaga.

“I feel like me and SZA are similar in how we both grew up with spiritual backgrounds,” she continued. “But she was perfect for this song.”

It was a family affair for cousins ​​Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, who won Best Rap Performance for their song Family Ties. Lamar won his 14th Grammy and the first for Keem, who said “nothing could have prepared me for this moment” after taking the stage to claim his trophy.

By the time the show debuted on CBS, Batiste had already won four Grammy Awards, including his first-ever, at a pre-broadcast ceremony.

“I’m so grateful for the gifts God has given me and the ability to share them for the love of humanity,” Batiste said after receiving his music video award for Freedom. “We just wanted everyone to see it. Any depression, bondage or darkness that has overwhelmed your life is completely eliminated by the love and joy of video.

Chris Stapleton won his third Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for You Should Probably Leave.

Tony Bennett extended his record as the artist with the most traditional pop vocal album honors with 14 wins with Love for Sale, a duet album with Lady Gaga.

Dressed in all black, BTS took to the stage with a flirtatious moment between V and Rodrigo before the group performed their hit single Butter. They made an appearance after one of the members tested positive for COVID-19. The seven members – Jin, Jimin, V, RM, J-Hope, Suga and Jungkook – acted like they were secret agents dodging neon blue lasers, dancing with flowing choreography before entering a brief rap part of the song.

The Foo Fighters picked up three awards on Sunday but weren’t in attendance to collect their trophies following the recent death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. An extended tribute to Hawkins was played before the show’s In Memoriam segment honoring deceased artists and music industry figures.

Eilish paid tribute to Hawkins during her performance by sporting a black T-shirt featuring her likeness. She took the stage in an upside-down house with her brother Finneas before walking through a downpour to perform the title track to her Happier Than Ever.

TJ Osborne fought back tears as he and his brother accepted a Grammy on the pre-telecast show of the Brothers Osborne song Younger Me.

The ceremony moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas due to rising cases of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, with organizers citing “too much risk”.

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