The Grammys 2022 happened in the US yesterday/last night if you are in the UK, and the only thing we could say for this glamourous, once-a-year celebration is “better late than never”! Even though the ceremony was postponed due to the unprecedented spike of covid-19 cases in the US at the time the award ceremony was initially supposed to happen, the Grammys did happen in Las Vegas, and the organizers gave their best to really celebrate talent, inclusivity, and diversity. 

Here are some highlights: 

  1. Lady Gaga honours Tony Basset

Having worked together for their collaborative album “Love for sale”, the pair was nominated for 5 Grammy awards, including Record Of The Year, Best Music Video, and Best Pop Group/Duo Performance for ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’. 

As Tony Basset was unable to attend due to health issues, Lady Gaga respectfully honored her fellow collaborator, performing the lead track from their collaborative album and another track they worked together on, “Do I Love You”. While Gaga was singing “Do I love you” footage of the 2 collaborators was shown on a screen behind her. What was more touching, was that even though Tony Basset was unable to attend, he introduced Gaga prior to her performance with a heartfelt pre-recorded video. 

  1. The high volume of submissions and necessary changes

Indeed being an event renowned for celebrating music and bringing artists together, as for this year’s awards there were submitted 22K songs and albums for consideration. This led to expanding the nominees for each award from 8 to 10. A time of great musical development indeed, as the Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. explained prior to the ceremony.

  1. A great rising Artist indeed – Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo was nominated in all of the top four categories, including best new artist and record of the year.

  1. The ceremony included tributes to Stephen Sondheim and Taylor Hawkins

Both Broadway genius Stephen Sondheim and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who tragically passed away a week before the awards, were respectfully honored with performances. 

Sources: BBC, NME