Grammys 2022: Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic Win Big
Grammys 2022: Olivia Rodrigo and Silk Sonic dominated the major categories at the 64th annual Grammy Awards. The two big winners were also among the performers at the ceremony, along with Billie Eilish, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste (who won Album Of The Year for We Are) and John Legend, among others.
Olivia Rodrigo was nominated for seven awards and won Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance for Drivers License and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sour. While collecting the latter award, Rodrigo thanked the fans who have “completely changed my life over the past two years” and dedicated the award to her parents. “When I was nine years old, I told my mum I was going to be an Olympic gymnast even though I could barely do a cartwheel and she thought I was joking but I was super defensive.”
“So the next week when I told her was going to win a Grammy, she was very supportive, even though I’m sure she thought it was just a little kid pipe dream. But I want to thank my mum for being supportive of all of my dreams, no matter how crazy.”
Meanwhile, Silk Sonic’s mega hit Leave The Door Open took home both the Record and Song Of The Year prizes. The duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak were clearly delighted with their victories, with Paak saying, “”We are really trying our hardest to remain humble at this point, “but in the industry, we call that ‘a clean sweep’. To all the other nominees… the drinks is on Silk Sonic tonight.” The duo also won the gong for Best R&B performance.
There were also three awards at the Grammys 2022 for Foo Fighters, just over a week after drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his Colombia hotel room at the age of 50. Presenter Jimmy Jam accepted the prizes in the band’s absence, “with prayers to their loved ones”.
One of the ceremony’s highlights was Joni Mitchell making a rare public appearance to accept her award for best historical album, Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years, a box set of home and live recordings from her early days as a musician that pays testament to her innate musicianship.