Recapping The Grammys

Recapping The Grammys

Isabel Rettino, Managing Editor

On April 3rd 2022, the recording academy celebrated the 64th Grammy awards! It was a night celebrating all the wonderful music created in the last year. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the night was held in Las Vegas which is very surprising since it is usually in California. Keep reading to find out more about the awards, speeches, performances, in memoriam, and the song dedicated to Ukraine!  


Here is the list of Awards given during the show! Listed below are the winners and fellow nominees! (Please note that this is not the complete set of winners.)

Record of the Year

“I Still Have Faith In You,” ABBA

“Freedom,” Jon Batiste

“I Get A Kick Out Of You,” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

“Peaches,” Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

“Right On Time,” Brandi Carlile

“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Featuring SZA

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

“Montero” (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X

“drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo

“Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic *WINNER

Song of the Year

“Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran

“A Beautiful Noise,” Alicia Keys Featuring Brandi Carlile

“drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo

“Fight For You,” H.E.R.

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Featuring SZA

“Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic *WINNER

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X

“Peaches,” Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

“Right On Time,” Brandi Carlile

Album of the Year

“We Are,” Jon Batiste *WINNER

“Love For Sale,” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

“Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe),” Justin Bieber

“Planet Her (Deluxe),” Doja Cat

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

“Back Of My Mind,” H.E.R.

“Montero,” Lil Nas X

“Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo

“Evermore,” Taylor Swift

“Donda,” Kanye West

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab

Jimmie Allen

Baby Keem


Glass Animals

Japanese Breakfast

The Kid Laroi

Arlo Parks

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER


Best Pop Solo Performance

“Anyone,” Justin Bieber

“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

“Positions,” Ariana Grande

“Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

Best Pop Duo or Group Performance

“I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

“Lonely,” Justin Bieber & benny blanco

“Butter,” BTS

“Higher Power,” Coldplay

“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat feat. SZA *WINNER

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe),” Justin Bieber

“Planet Her (Deluxe),” Doja Cat

“Happier Than Ever”, Billie Eilish

“Positions,” Ariana Grande

“Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

Best Rap Performance

“Family Ties,” Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar *WINNER

“Up,” Cardi B

“My Life,” J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray 

“Thot S***” Megan Thee Stallion 

Best Country Album

“Skeletons,” Brothers Osborne

“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton

“The Marfa Tapes,” Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram

“The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita,” Sturgill Simpson

“Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton *WINNER


Once the winners were announced, just as any award show the winners gave speeches. I personally enjoyed hearing Doja Cat’s speech after she won Best Pop Duo Group Performance with SZA. She got very emotional and everyone watching could really tell how much this award means to her. Doja Cat is usually seen joking around and overall not serious but it was great to see her real emotions. She has recently announced that she will be stepping down from music and I hope her winning this award gives her enough reason to continue. Every speech given at the 2022 Grammy’s was heartfelt and some artists chose to use their time to speak about important topics and the music industry as a whole. 


Here is the list of all performers who performed at the 2022 Grammys! Everyone gave amazing performances! 

* = My personal favorites 

Silk Sonic

Olivia Rodrigro

J Balvin

Lil Nas X Ft Jack Harlow *

Billie Ellish *



Lady Gaga

John Legend *

John Baptis 

Justin Bieber ft Daniel Caesar and Giveon *

Carrie Underwood

H.E.R Ft.  Lenny Kravis *

Chris Stapelton 

Brandi Carlile 

In Memoriam 

The In Memoriam this year was a beautiful tribute to legends within the music industry that have passed in the last year. Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and Ben Platt gave a beautiful tribute!

Tribute to Ukraine

John Legend performed his single ‘Free’ during the grammys this year as a form of solidarity with Ukraine. The beautiful song showed images on the screens from the attacks and people of Ukraine. There were two women who came into the song who had recently fled Ukraine. Ukraine president Zelensky delivered a speech at the Grammys urging people to share their story and continue to help Ukraine. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall, I loved watching the Grammys this year. I think there were a lot of amazing performances and the winners were more than deserving. If I were to give one critique I would maybe include a couple more awards because I think at times I forgot that I was watching an awards show and not just watching performers. I think the 2022 Grammys were a massive hit and were able to do a great job pivoting after having to reschedule the grammys since it was originally supposed to be January 31rst.