Grammy 2022: performances and best moments

Half awards ceremony, half musical gala, the Grammys returned to pre-pandemic normality with their usual display of scenery for the multiple performances of an edition that will be remembered for the triumph of Jon Batiste, Silk Sonic and Olivia Rodrigo, and for the performances of bts or John Legend.

The memory of the war in Ukraine and the tribute to Taylor Hawkins, the recently deceased drummer of the Foo Fighters, put the emotional note to more than four hours of broadcast from Las Vegas, in which there was even time for the artist Questlove, to handing out the award for best song, joke around with Will Smith’s slap in the face: “Okay, I’m going to present this award and I trust you guys will stay 500 feet away from me. As they say, it is much better to give than to receive.”

Silk Sonic, the best opening of a party

The spurduo formed by Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak opened the ceremony with “777” and its funky rhythm of the 70s. At the end of the gala, they would have four awards, including two of the jackpots: best recording and best song of the year for the theme “Leave The Door Open”.

Jon Batiste wins and has fun in his performance

Jon Batiste not only went home with five awards, but he delivered the funniest and most festive performance of the night when he performed the song “Freedom”.

HER and Lenny Kravitz, surprise performance

A regular on the Grammys stage, HER performed his song “Damage” alongside the legendary production duo of Jam and Lewis on bass and keytar. But it all turned into an all-star medley when Travis Barker and Lenny Kravitz teamed up for a rendition of the latter’s classic “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”

BTS, to the James Bond

The successful South Korean band presented a set of secret agents, with a descent from the ceiling and dancing avoiding laser lighting included, in the interpretation of the “Butler” tea. The choreographies of the K-pop band raised the audience.

Billie Eilish performs “Happier Than Ever” under a deluge

The great winner of the 2020 Grammys left empty this time, but left one of the night’s performances, accompanied by a powerful set that began in a house and ended in a real deluge. To interpret “Happier Than Ever”Eilish wore a T-shirt with a picture of Taylor Hawkins, the recently deceased Foo Fighters drummer.

John Legend and Lyuba Yakimchuk sing for Ukraine

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, appeared with a video message in which he asked for international help for the Russian invasion.
“Peace will come to all our cities in Ukraine and we will be free as you are today on the Grammy stage,” said the president. Following the surprise intervention, John Legend and the Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk performed the song “Free”.

Lady Gaga pays tribute to Tony Bennett

The legendary Tony Bennet could not attend the gala due to health problems but a video of him featured Lady Gaga, who performed “Love for sale” and “Do I love you!”, part of the album that the two friends have recorded remembering the golden age of jazz.

Doja Cat almost got her Grammy caught in the bathroom

Doja Cat starred in one of the most surreal moments, recognizing that she had just left the bathroom to accept the Grammy for best collaboration for “Kiss Me More”, along with SZA.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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