Jon Batiste, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic, Foo Fighters: These are the big winners of this year’s Grammy Awards. Surprisingly, the President of Ukraine also spoke at the music prize gala.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak swept up at this year’s Grammy Awards: The two musicians won the awards for the best song and for the best recording of the year with their retro soul project Silk Sonic for the single “Leave The Door Open”
According to the jury, the best album of the year is »We Are« and comes from Jon Batiste. The jazz and R&B musician entered the 64th edition of the US Music Awards with eleven – and thus the most – nominations. The 35-year-old was able to snag a total of five prizes, including that for best music video. »We Are« is Batiste’s fifth studio album and the jazz musician’s first fusion work. It’s a mixture of R’n’B, Funk, Blues, Soul, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Afrobeat – a journey through the history of handmade Black Music.
The US pop singer Olivia Rodrigo was honored as the best newcomer. The 19-year-old, who began her acting career on Disney Channel, released her debut single Driver’s License last year. She has now won a total of three Grammys.
The US rock band Foo Fighters received three Grammys, including for best rock album and best rock song. The band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, died unexpectedly about a week ago.
At the ceremony in Las Vegas, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj surprisingly spoke up. In a pre-recorded video message, he asked for support for his country. Nothing is more contrary to music than the “silence of destroyed cities and killed people,” said Zelenskyj. Russia is bringing “a terrible silence” to Ukraine with its bombs. “Fill the silence with your music,” Zelenskyy asked. “Support us in any way you can.”
He dreams of people in the embattled Ukrainian cities being able to live freely again – “as freely as you do on the Grammy stage,” Zelenskyj said. After that, US singer John Legend sang a song dedicated to Ukraine together with Ukrainian musicians.
The Grammys were awarded for the 64th time this year. The gala was originally planned for January 31, and should have been in Los Angeles. However, due to the rapid spread of the highly infectious omicron variant of the corona virus, the award ceremony was postponed – and now took place in Las Vegas for the first time.
Around 13,000 members of the Recording Academy decide on the winners of the Grammys, which are among the most coveted music awards in the world. You can find an overview of all nominees and winners here on the Grammy website