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With Covid delays and changing plans, the 2022 Grammys came right at the heels of the Oscars. We’ve all seen discussions about the infamous Slap, along with other jokes about celebrities being seat fillers, etc. The Grammys, on the other hand, brought good vibes and high energy all around, highlighting the artists alongside their teams that made it all possible. As host Trevor Noah stated, “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”. 

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Winners and Unexpected Surprises 

Olivia Rodrigo was favored to take home every major award she was nominated for. She did take home three of the six she was nominated for, Best Pop Vocal Album for SOUR and Best Pop Vocal Performance ‘drivers license’, along with winning Best New Artist. The biggest reason she didn’t sweep as expected was from the domination of Silk Sonic. The duo, Bruno Mars and Anderson  .Paak won all four Grammys that their song ‘Leave the Door Open’ was nominated for. Paak said it best, “in the industry, we call that a clean sweep!” 

Jon Batiste was another big winner of the night, taking home Album of the Year for We Are, as well as four other awards from his eleven nominations. If you aren’t familiar with his work, you may recognize Batiste as the bandleader for ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ or his music in Pixar’s ‘Soul’.  Batiste was up against some strong competition, beating out Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, H.E.R, Kanye West, Billie Eilish, Justin Beiber, and Taylor Swift. If Batiste’s armful of Grammys didn’t speak for themselves, it’s widely agreed that he earned the win. 

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Recognizing Behind the Scenes 

The Grammys is as much a concert as an award show, featuring performances with high production value from many of its nominees. Olivia Rodrigo performed ‘drivers license’ on a suburban street set, Lil Nas X had costume changes and an elaborate ensemble, and Silk Sonic opened the show with a bang as they performed ‘777’, perfectly setting the mood for great performers to come. These performances, as well as all of the tours, concerts, and other public appearances these stars have under their belts are made possible by entire creative teams and staff, working tirelessly to make everything come together. 

The Grammys recognized some of these individuals, giving presenter slots to staff members, allowing them to introduce their bosses and get some recognition for their hard work that often goes overlooked. Continuing the theme of recognition, Ben Platt, Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Ervio, and Leslie Odom Jr. gave a touching performance of a Sondheim medley, honoring his life as well as many other lives taken from the music industry in the past year. 

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Critical Analysis of the 2022 Grammys 

The Grammys were like a breath of fresh air following the Oscars. Having the two arguably biggest awards shows only one week apart from each other is opening the door to comparison, which is amplified by how different the two experiences were. Notably, the Grammys allowed the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to give a message after he was turned down from speaking at the Oscars. Zelenskyy’s message was powerful and deserved the audience it was given. 

The Grammys is exactly what the entertainment industry needs. The environment was overwhelmingly positive, with nominees dancing to the live performances and cheering their fellow musicians on. Trevor Noah was an incredible host, keeping his comedy lighthearted and avoiding the all too common comedy pitfall of negativity in a celebratory space. It felt like Noah and all of the nominees were happy to lift each other up, happy to finally be back at an awards show at all. 

After decades of scandals and valid criticisms that award shows are not nearly as diverse as the industry itself, it was clear by just watching the ceremony and performances that the Grammys is a step in the right direction. Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, SZA, Silk Sonic, and Jon Batiste are just a few of the people of color who took home Grammys, and queer celebrities like T.J Osborne, Lil Nas X and Lady Gaga all had their moments as well. This is not to say that everything is fixed regarding inclusion in Hollywood, but after fighting tooth and nail to see increased diversity, it’s refreshing to see progress. 

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Complete List of Grammy Winners 

Record of the Year 

Winner: “Leave the Door Open” – Silk Sonic 

Nominees: 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 ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon, “Right On Time” – Brandi Carlile, “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat featuring SZA, “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, “drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo 

Album of the Year 

Winner: “We Are” – Jon Batiste

Nominees, “Love For Sale” -Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Justice” – Justin Bieber, “Planet Her”- Doja Cat, “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish, “Montero” – Lil Nas X, “Back of my Mind” – H.E.R., “sour” – Olivia Rodrigo, “Evermore” – Taylor Swift, “Donda” – Kanye

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Song of the Year 

Winner: “Leave the Door Open” – Silk Sonic 

Nominees: “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran, “A Beautiful Noise” – Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile, “drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo, “Fight For You” – H.E.R., “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish, “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat featuring SZA, “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 

Winner: Olivia Rodrigo 

Nominees: Arooj Aftab, Jimmy Allen, Baby Keem, FINNEAS, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid LAROI, Arlo Parks, Saweetie

Best Pop Solo Performance

Winner: “drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo

Nominees: “Anyone” – Justin Bieber, “Right On Time” – Brandi Carlile, “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish, “Positions” – Ariana Grande 

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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Winner: “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat featuring SZA

Nominees: “I Get A Kick Out Of You” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Lonely” – Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco, “Butter” – BTS, “Higher Power” – Coldplay

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album 

Winner: “Love For Sale” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Nominees:  “Til 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 

Winner: “SOUR” – Olivia Rodrigo

Nominees: “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)” – Justin Bieber, “Planet Her (Deluxe)” – Doja Cat, “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish, “Positions” – Ariana Grande

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Best Rock Album 

Winner: “Medicine at Midnight” – Foo Fighters 

Nominees: “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 

Winner: “Daddy’s Home” – St. Vincent 

Nominees: “Shore” – Fleet Foxes, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” – Halsey, “Jubilee” – Japanese Breakfast, “Collapsed In Sunbeams” – Arlo Parks

Best R&B Album

Winner: “Heaux Tales” – Jazmine Sullivan

Nominees: “Temporary Highs In The Violet Skies” – Snoh Aalegra, “We Are” – Jon Batiste, “Gold-Diggers Sound” – Leon Bridges, “Back Of My Mind” – H.E.R. 

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Best Country Album

Winner: “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton 

Nominees:  “Skeletons” – Brothers Osborne, “Remember Her Name” – Mickey Guyton, “The Marfa Tapes” – Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram, “The Ballad of Dood and Juanita” – Sturgill Simpson

Best Music Video

Winner: “Freedom” – Jon Batiste 

Nominees: “Shot in the Dark” – AC/DC, “I Get a Kick Out of You” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,”Peaches” – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Lil Nas X, “Good 4 U” – Olivia Rodrigo

By Lara Glennon

Click here to read The Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s love letter to Cinema, TV and Media. An excerpt from the love letter: The Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, We have the space and time for all your stories, no matter who/what/where you are. Media/Cinema/TV have a responsibility to better the world and The Hollywood Insider will continue to do so. Talent, diversity and authenticity matter in Cinema/TV, media and storytelling. In fact, I reckon that we should announce “talent-diversity-authenticity-storytelling-Cinema-Oscars-Academy-Awards” as synonyms of each other. We show respect to talent and stories regardless of their skin color, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc., thus allowing authenticity into this system just by something as simple as accepting and showing respect to the human species’ factual diversity. We become greater just by respecting and appreciating talent in all its shapes, sizes, and forms. Award winners, which includes nominees, must be chosen on the greatness of their talent ALONE.

I am sure I am speaking for a multitude of Cinema lovers all over the world when I speak of the following sentiments that this medium of art has blessed me with. Cinema taught me about our world, at times in English and at times through the beautiful one-inch bar of subtitles. I learned from the stories in the global movies that we are all alike across all borders. Remember that one of the best symbols of many great civilizations and their prosperity has been the art they have left behind. This art can be in the form of paintings, sculptures, architecture, writings, inventions, etc. For our modern society, Cinema happens to be one of them. Cinema is more than just a form of entertainment, it is an integral part of society. I love the world uniting, be it for Cinema, TV. media, art, fashion, sport, etc. Please keep this going full speed.

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