The 2022 Grammys: Everything You Missed

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Delisha Shannon & Kimberly Aleah

After having to delay the show following a surge in Covid cases earlier this year, the Grammys dazzled in Las Vegas Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. With performances from Lil Nas X and BTS, and historic moments featuring Volodymyr Zelenskyy remoting in from Kyviv, Rolling Stone tapped showrunner and executive producer Raj Kapoor for a rundown of music’s biggest night.

“As soon as this show is done, we are putting people on hold for next year,” Kapoor said. “When you have 21 performances in the show, everything has to work like clockwork. We are dependent on every person doing their job to the best of their ability.”

Jon Batiste led the night with 11 nominations and took home five, including Album Of The Year. The soulful singer took the stage for a lively performance that encompassed the ethos of 2021’s “We Are.”

Photography by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

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“I think that infectious energy that Jon has and his musical gifts are so demonstrated in that performance. I’m just so excited because I think that performance helps define his career.”


The 64th annual Grammys featured a special rooftop component highlighting first time-nominees Aymée Nuviola, Billy Strings, and Maverick City Music. First of its kind, the intimate performances highlighted latin tropical, bluegrass and gospel music, giving a different crop of genres a shining moment in front of millions of viewers.

2022 marks Kapoor’s first year as showrunner. From serving as segment producer for the show in 2001 to taking the reins 20 years later, Kapoor set out to create a special experience that reflects his vision of the Grammy standard.

“My goal for the Grammys is to continue to push boundaries, continuing to push musical excellency and artistry. I hope that my team continues to give artists the tools and the resources to give the audience at home and in the room some of the best performances that they’ve ever seen.”


Grammy Winners

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Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

Leave The Door Open – WINNER
Silk Sonic
Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II & Bruno Mars, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s).

We Are – WINNER
Jon Batiste
Craig Adams, David Gauthier, Braedon Gautier, Brennon Gautier, Gospel Soul Children Choir, Hot 8 Brass Band, PJ Morton, Autumn Rowe, Zadie Smith, St. Augustine High School Marching 100 & Trombone Shorty, featured artists; Jon Batiste, Mikey Freedom Hart, DJ Khalil, King Garbage, Kizzo, Sunny Levine, Nate Mercereau, David Pimentel, Ricky Reed, Autumn Rowe, Jahaan Sweet & Nick Waterhouse, producers; Jon Batiste, Russ Elevado, Mischa Kachkachishvili, Kizzo, Joseph Lorge, Manny Marroquin, Ken Oriole, David Pimentel, Ricky Reed, Jaclyn Sanchez, Matt Vertere, Marc Whitmore & Alex Williams, engineers/mixers; Andrae Alexander, Troy Andrews, Jon Batiste, Zach Cooper, Vic Dimotsis, Eric Frederic, Kizzo, Sunny Levine, Steve McEwan, PJ Morton, Autumn Rowe & Mavis Staples, songwriters; Michelle Mancini, mastering engineerLove For Sale

Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Leave The Door Open – WINNER
Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)

Best New Artist
This category recognizes an artist whose eligibility-year release(s) achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

Olivia Rodrigo – WINNER

Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

drivers license – WINNER
Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

Kiss Me More – WINNER
Doja Cat Featuring SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

Love For Sale – WINNER
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new pop vocal recordings.

Sour
Olivia Rodrigo

Best Dance/Electronic Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.

Alive – WINNNER
Rüfüs Du Sol
Jason Evigan & Rüfüs Du Sol, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

Subconsciously – WINNER
Black Coffee

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
*For albums containing approximately 51% or more playing time of instrumental material. For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.

Tree Falls – WINNER
Taylor Eigsti

Best Rock Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings

Making A Fire – WINNER
Foo Fighters

Best Metal Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings.

The Alien – WINNER
Dream Theater

Best Rock Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Waiting On A War – WINNER
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings
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Medicine At Midnight – WINNER
Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Daddy’s Home – WINNER
St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.

Leave The Door Open – TIE
Silk Sonic

Pick Up Your Feelings – TIE
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance
For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.

Fight For You – WINNER
H.E.R.

Best R&B Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Leave The Door Open – WINNER
Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)

Best Progressive R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded progressive vocal tracks derivative of R&B.

Table For Two – WINNER
Lucky Daye

Best R&B Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.

Heaux Tales – WINNER
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance
For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.

Family Ties – WINNER
Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Melodic Rap Performance
For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.

Hurricane – WINNER
Kanye West Featuring The Weeknd & Lil Baby

Best Rap Song
A Songwriter(s) Award.  A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Jail – WINNER
Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Kanye West & Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z)

Best Rap Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.

Call Me If You Get Lost – WINNER
Tyler, The Creator

Best Reggae Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new reggae recordings.

Beauty In The Silence – WINNER
Soja

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