At the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic and Jon Batiste took home some of the top prizes in what New York Times critic Jon Caramanica called “a totally incoherent night.”
If you were the one handing out the Grammys, who would you give them to and what qualities would you seek to recognize? Musician? Lyricism? Popularity?
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night featured major wins from Silk Sonic, Jon Batiste and Olivia Rodrigo, elaborate performances from a music industry struggling to emerge from the pandemic and an impassioned plea for help from President Volodymyr Zelensky. from Ukraine.
The show, broadcast from Las Vegas, opened with Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s retro soul-funk project Silk Sonic, playing “777,” on Las Vegas’ effervescent side, Sin City. Moments later, the band won Song of the Year for “Leave the Door Open,” a throwback to early ’70s soft soul.
“Leave the Door Open” also won Record of the Year, which honors a single recording, as well as Best R&B Song, and Silk Sonic shared Best R&B Performance on the track with Jazmine Sullivan.
“We’re really trying to keep it humble at this point,” Anderson .Paak, born Brandon Paak Anderson, said while accepting the record of the year. “But in the industry, we call it a clean sweep.” (The Record of the Year award is for a single recording, while Song of the Year honors songwriters.)
The victories of Silk Sonic and Batiste prevented Rodrigo – a 19-year-old Disney television star who burst onto the music scene to resounding success and critical respect – from doing his own sweep of the top four categories. But she took the best new artist.
“It’s my biggest dream come true,” Rodrigo said as he accepted the award. She also won Best Pop Vocal Album for “Sour” and Pop Solo Performance for “Drivers License,” which she performed on set like a suburban street, her voice swelling to emotional peaks and then breaking. falling.