Hosted by Trevor Noah and featuring presenters Christina Aguilera, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, and more, this year’s GRAMMYs stage was jam-packed with performances from SZA, Luke Combs, Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa Travis Scott, Olivia Rodrigo, U2, Billy Joel, and Joni Mitchell to name a few.
The big winner was Taylor Swift, who took home the night’s top prize, Album of the Year, and made history as the first artist to win the award four times. It breaks a tie with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, who each won the honour three times.
She also announced her next sure-to-be GRAMMY contender, her new album, The Tortured Poets Department, due out on April 19. Taylor also won the Grammy for best Pop Vocal Album for Midnight also…
Billie Eilish wins song of the year for ‘What Was I Made For?’…
Record of the year went to Miley Cyrus for Flowers! Miley was one of the most nominated musicians this year and this win marked her first Grammy ever! Miley also took to the stage to perform ‘Flowers.’ Sprinkling in some very she’s just being Miley adlibs, a couple of disco dance breaks, and finishing off with an epic finale mic drop, Miley’s show-stopping performance, epic ensembles, and over all existence is and will remain our Roman Empire.
Other highlights include, Performers: SZA brought some on-stage sizzle, Billy Joel performed a new song and Joni Mitchell turned the huge arena into an intimate living room.
Red carpet highlights: Victoria Monét glowed next to her 2-year-old daughter, Billie Eilish teased a new album and varsity jackets emerged as an unsuspected trend.
Then there was Jay-Z
In accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, Jay-Z proved he has a long memory. He recalled the times that rap artists were outspoken about not getting enough attention from the Grammys commensurate with music sales, even boycotting a show — although “they went to a hotel to watch the Grammys,” he said. “It wasn’t a great boycott.” Jay-Z considers it an injustice that his wife, Beyoncé, has never won album of the year despite her astonishing haul of 32 Grammys. “When I get nervous,” he said, “I tell the truth.”
The Legendary Joni Mitchell Performs!
Joni Mitchell’s return to the stage earned her a Grammy and her performance Sunday was another emotional highlight. Surrounded by musical friends like Brandi Carlile, the 80-year-old Mitchell sat in an easy chair that resembled a throne, tapping her cane as she sang “Both Sides Now.” Her voice, which she had to recover after suffering a brain aneurysm, brought a richness and perspective to the song that could only be hinted at in the original. Like Chapman, she was visibly moved by the audience’s reception, betrayed by laughter after she finished.
Let’s be honest, those “in memoriam” tributes to people who died in the past year usually signal that it’s time for a bathroom break. Not so here. Stevie Wonder honored Tony Bennett on a chilling “duet” with a filmed Bennett on Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” then sang Bennett’s “The Best is Yet to Come.” Annie Lennox, saluting Sinead O’Connor, sang “Nothing Compares 2 U,” with two of the late songwriter Prince’s accompanists. And Fantasia Barrino shook the walls with “Proud Mary” to honor Tina Turner.