Who sang the right notes to secure their award?
Las Vegas was the venue for the Grammy’s 2022. Held in the magnificent, show-stopping MGM Grand Garden Arena, I was lucky enough to be in Vegas during 64th annual live awards show. Presented by Trevor Noah, the evening promised to be star filled, music filled and perhaps a little drama filled!
Guests arriving in Vegas included Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, RuPaul’s Drag Race, John Legend and K-Pop kings, BTS. With many bands and singers ready to perform, the red carpet, A-list vibes were all over the Las Vegas strip, as well as in the MGM Grand.
With 86 categories of nomination, Jon Batiste’s led with the highest number of nominations on the night, at 11. The awards are historically handed out in two parts due to the high numbers of categories.
Twitter was going wild for the show, with BTS being a major topic of comment. Rolling Stone Magazine commented that band were “Lookin’ fly on the Grammys red carpet.”
With performances by Billie Eilish, BTS, Chris Stapleton, John Legend, Jon Batiste and Lady Gaga, amongst others, the live audience and viewers were treat to a musical mix-up of brilliance. The awards were announced by an array of musical celebrities and Trevor Noah did a sterling job as host, exuding the right amount of style, banter and charisma.
Perhaps the highlight of the night and most definitely the most moving, thought provoking section of the show, was a poignant message from Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy about war and a plea for peace was followed by a beautiful, personal performance requesting peace by John Legend and guest Mika Newton, a Ukrainian singer and a poem read out by a Ukrainian refugee.
A further emotional tribute was made to all those in music industry who have passed away since the last Grammys. Starting with the recent passing of Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, the tribute paid homage to the many people music has sadly lost this last year.
Some of the nominated winners for the Grammys this year were:
- “Leave The Door Open” by Silksonic – Record of The Year
- Olivia Rodrigo – Best New Artist
- “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo – Best Pop Vocal Album
- “Heaux Tales” by Jazmine Sullivan – Best R&B Album
- “Family Ties” by Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar – Best Rap Song
- Chris Stapleton’s “Starting Over” – Best Country Album
- “Kiss me more” by Doja Cat featuring SZA – Best Pop Duo Group Performance
The full list of award winners can be found at www.grammy.com
With amplified buzz and atmosphere and numerous after-party events, the night provided music to everyone’s ears. The celebrations on the Las Vegas Strip went on right into the morning and why not! After all, what happen in Vegas stays in Vegas!
Helen is a journalist for Radio Gateshead, a local lass who has spent the last two decades working in health and social care. She has recently set up a community interest company called Write on the Tyne which amalgamates her passion for supporting and empowering marginalised groups to thrive with her love of writing.
Her debut novel, The Dinner Club, was released in March 2022 with UK based Cahill Davis Publishing, and her second book The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023.