Grammy Awards host Trevor Noah sets the anticipation moments on Sunday night’s show: The Biggest Night of Music is basically a big concert where awards are given.
It was, but due to the mid-shore presence of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who spoke to Ukrainian musicians in body armor and appealed for support, everything landed in a context that seemed to have escaped last week’s Oscars.
For a moment, the night of music and celebration ceased, and the focus shifted to the ongoing attacks and the plight of the Ukrainian people.
“What’s the opposite of war music?” Zelensky says. “It simply came to our notice then. To live. To love. To sound. In our country, we are at war with Russia which brings terrible silence with their bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music! Fill it out today. To tell our story. Tell the truth about the war. ”
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It was a big night especially for the three artists who left with four big honors of the night.
John Batiste won the album of the year for “We Are”, Silk Sonic won the record for “Live the Door Open” and the best song of the year, and Olivia Rodrigo became the best new artist.
Doza Cat and SZA also got a memorable win – for Doza Cat’s emotional response and her untimely bathroom break that almost took away her moment. However, it did work for the new winners of the Best Pop Duo / Group Performance Award.
The above-mentioned appearance of Zelensky evoked a performance of John Legend, singing “Free”, while wearing a blue suit, a visual salute to the country of Ukraine.
He was accompanied on stage by Ukrainian singer Mika Newton, musician Sijanna Igidan and poet Luba Yakimchuk.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was honored at the top of an in-memory segment set for a stunning four-person performance from the musical “West Side Story” to “Somewhere.” Rachel Ziegler (star of a recent remake of the musical), Ben Platt, Cynthia Arevo and Leslie Odom Jr. put together one of the most captivating moments of the show.
Elsewhere, BTS took a high-energy take on their hit “Butter”. Lil Nass served “Industry Baby” against Jack Harlow with a huge stone statue of his own face – as one does. Billy Ilish brings warmth – and rain – during a performance of “Happy Than Ever” which certainly didn’t make the Grammy Mop crew happier than before (but made the crowd happy). (In addition to the beautiful touches, performances are often performed by behind-the-scenes teams of artists – such as tour managers.)
This year’s 11-time nominated nominee has shown his piano prowess among many others in a live version of “Freedom” which is a symbol of joy.
HER and Lenny Kravitz – along with Travis Barker in the drums – also brought the house down with the swing of the song “Are You Going To Go My Way”.
What else can you ask from Grammys?
Before the action on the original show, the red carpet proved to be a parade that you can only get from the Grammys.
Normally, the Grammy would be held in January or February, a few weeks before the Oscars, the usual final of the award season. (Actually, there hasn’t been a Grammy in April since 1965.) But there was something about closing the most vibrant red carpet capping of the awards season.
Lil Nass X has shown that pearls are the best friend of a hit maker. Justin Bieber wore a suit made for two. Jay Balvin wore his heart over his head. And Kim Taihyung of BTS, who plays V, wore all the paper flowers on her lapel and made it look beautiful.
Indeed, men have arguably stolen fashion shows this year, but women are strongly represented in the trend-setting section. See: Doja Cat’s hair spikes and Laverne Cox’s pin-thin eyebrows.
The biggest trend of the night was, however, at the top of the show Noah made another promise – a mention of it. Others The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, however; And we were better for it.