2022 Grammys Recap, Best Moments, And Complete Winners List

The 2022 Grammys was filled with exhilarating performances from some of music’s biggest stars, emotional moments, iconic ones, and record-breaking wins.

After an initial rescheduled date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Grammys premiered last night at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 64th Annual event kicked off with Lavar Burton hosting its Premiere Show earlier in the day, which marked the start of this year’s recipients across more than eighty categories. Some of the 2022 Grammys pre-telecast’s announced winners included Alicia Keys, Quest Love, Bad Bunny, Tyler the Creator, Olivia Rodrigo, and Bo Burnham, with performances by Mon Laferte, Jimmie Allen, Ledisi, and Curtis Stewart, and more.

Music’s biggest night continued to show up and show out as the festivities headed into the evening with host Trevor Noah. Silk Sonic’s Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak made a grand entrance with 777 from their joint project An Evening With Silk Sonic and then parlayed into Olivia Rodrigo’s seamless debut performance of drivers license. Now 13, time winner Lady Gaga also took center stage with a regal tribute to Tony Bennett, who she collaborated with on their now Grammy award-winning album Love On Sale.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a virtual appearance in a pre-recorded telecast about its ongoing war with Russia since Vladimir Putin ordered its invasion. He paid tribute to Ukrainian citizens for having to experience these unprecedented and traumatic times that have brought their country chaos and mass destruction. His mournful message followed John Legend’s debut performance of his new single Free with Ukrainian singer and actress Mika Newton, musician Siuzanna Iglidan, and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Billie Eilish, who became the youngest artist in history to score wins in all four major categories two years prior, including Song and Record of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Vocal Album, gave a show-stopping rendition of Happier than Ever (the song) with her brother, singer-songwriter and producer Finneas O’Connell. She paid homage to the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, wearing a customized t-shirt with his image and name. The Grammys recognized Hawkins with an In Memoriam segment that highlighted the legendary drummer’s career.

Lil Nas X lit up the 2022 Grammys room with his performance medley of MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)Dead Right Now, and was later joined by Jack Harlow for Industry Baby. BTS brought the house down with their James Bond-inspired set for Butter, while Lenny Kravtiz, H.E.R., Travis Barker, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis shook the night with a rock and roll-style rendition. The performances didn’t stop there with others, including Nas, Justin Bieber alongside Daniel Caesar and Giveon for Peaches, Carrie Underwood, J Balvin with Maria Becerra, Brandi Carlile, and many more. The emblematic moments continued as fellow nominees Dua Lipa, and Megan thee Stallion re-enacted Whitney Houston’s and Mariah Carey’s 1998 MTV VMAs presentation. The re-created scene had Donatella Versace remove their outerwear skirt garments this time around, to reveal a new look.

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The night’s award highlights saw wins from Jon Batiste, who took home five gramophones (the most of the night) and became the first Black artist to win Album of the Year since 2008. Earlier in the broadcast, he gave an electrifying performance of his song FREEDOM from his winning album We Are. Silk Sonic won all four of their nominations, including Song and Record of the Year for Leave the Door Open. Olivia Rodrigo scored big with Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance for drivers license, and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sour. Doja Cat and Sza were awarded their first Grammys for their collaboration Kiss Me More, which appears on Doja Cat’s also nominated third studio album Planet Her and served as its lead single. They made history as the second all women’s song to win in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category since Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain on Me.

R&B/Soul superstar Jazmine Sullivan made her victorious debut with Best R&B Album for her critically acclaimed project Heaux Tales and Best R&B performance for Pick Up Your Feelings. Sullivan delivered a compelling speech while accepting her second award in honor of Black women and shared her inspiration behind the body of work, citing, “I think I wrote this project to deal with my own shame and unforgiveness around some of the decisions that I made in my twenties that weren’t favorable.” She went on to express the album’s outcome stating, “but what it ended up being was a safe space for Black women to tell their stories, for us to learn from each other, laugh with each other, and not be exploited at the same time. That’s what I’m most grateful for. So shoutout to all Black women who are just living their lives and being beautiful. I love you all.”

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Missed out on the action? Check out the 2022 Grammys full winners list below originally published by The Recording Academy.

Record Of The Year: Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic

Album Of The Year: We Are by Jon Batiste

Song Of The Year: Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic

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 featuring SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Love For Sale by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sour by Olivia Rodrigo

Best Dance/Electronic Recording: Alive by Rüfüs du Sol and Jason Evigan

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 and Pick Up Your Feelings by Jazmine Sullivan (tie)

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: Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance: Family Ties by Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Melodic Rap Performance: Hurricane by Kanye West featuring The Weekend and Lil Baby

Best Rap Song: Winner by Kanye West and Jay Z

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 Country Duo/Group Performance: Younger Me by Brothers Osborne

Best Country Song: Cold by Chris Stapelton

Best Country Album: Starting Over by Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album: Divine Tides by Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Humpty Dumpty (Set 2) by Chick Corea from Akoustic Band Live

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Songwrights Apothecary Lab by Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Skyline by Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver by Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: Mirror Mirror by Eliane Elias with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Never Lost by CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Believe For it by CeCe Winans, Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans and Mitch Wong

Best Gospel Album Believe For It by CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Old Church Basement by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music

Best Roots Gospel Album: My Savior by Carrie Underwood

Best Latin Pop Album: Mendó by Alex Cuba

Best Música Urbana Album: El Último Tour Del Mundo by Bad Bunny

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: Origen by Juanes

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: A Mis 80s by Vincente Fernández

Best Tropical Latin Album: Salswing! by Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado and Orquesta

Best American Roots Performance: Cry by Jon Batiste

Best American Roots Song: Cry by Jon Batiste and Steve McEwan

Best Americana Album: Native Sons by Los Lobos

Best Bluegrass Album: My Bluegrass Heart by Béla Fleck

Best Traditional Blues Album: I Be Trying by Cedric Burnside

Best Contemporary Blues Album: 662 by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Best Folk Album: They’re Calling Me Home by Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi

Best Regional Roots Music Album: Kau Ka Pe’a by Kalani Pe’a

Best Reggae Album: Beauty In The Silence by Soja

Best Global Music Performance: Mohabbat by Arooj Aftab

Best Global Music Album: Mother Nature by Angelique Kidjo

Best Children’s Music Album: A Colorful World by Falu

Best Spoken Word Album: Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis by Don Cheadle

Best Comedy Album: Sincerely Louis CK by Louis C.K.

Best Musical Theater Album: The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: The United States VS. Billie Holiday

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: The Queens Gambit by Carlos Rafael Rivera and Soul by Jon Batiste, Trent Razor and Atticus Ross (tie)

Best Song Written For Visual Media: All Eyes On Me [From Inside] by Bo Burnham

Best Instrumental Composition: Eberhard by Lyle Mays

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella: Meta Knight’s Revenge (from “Kirby Superstar”)

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals: To The Edge Of Longing

Best Recording Package Pakelang

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition

Best Album Notes: The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966

Best Historical Album: Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Love For Sale

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Jack Antonoff

Best Remixed Recording: Passenger (Mike Shinoda Remix) by Mike Shinoda

Best Immersive Audio Album: Alicia

Best Immersive Audio Album (63rd Grammys): Soundtrack Of The American Solider

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Chanticleer Sings Christmas

Producer Of The Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Best Orchestral Performance: Symphonies Nos. 1&3 by conductor Yannic Nézet-Séguin of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Best Opera Recording: Glass Akhnaten

Best Choral Performance: Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony Of A Thousand’

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Alone Together by Jennifer Koh

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Mythologies

Best Classical Compendium: Women Warriors – The Voice Of Change

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Shaw: Narrow Sea

Best Music Video: FREEDOM by Jon Batiste

Best Music Film: Summer Of Soul directed by Questlove

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