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Rewatch Every Performance At The 2022 GRAMMYs: BTS, Silk Sonic, Olivia Rodrigo & More
From BTS to John Legend to Lady Gaga and beyond, revisit every performance from the 2022 GRAMMYs — and catch up on those artists' wins and nominations — during Music's Biggest Night
True to his words, the all-killer-no-filler ceremony gave music lovers nothing but nourishment, eschewing extraneous bits to let the performers shine. And when the ceremony took a break from performances, it did for very good reasons — like to play a gripping speech from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, or pay tribute to fallen Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
You can find complete coverage of those events and more at GRAMMY.com, but for now, it's time to shine a spotlight on the performers themselves. Below, rewatch every performance from the 2022 GRAMMYs and catch up on those artists' wins and nominations during Music's Biggest Night.
Silk Sonic Performed "777"
The soulful duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak kicked things off with a funky version of their fittingly Vegas-inspired track "777." At the 2022 GRAMMYs, Silk Sonic were nominated for GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song — all for "Leave the Door Open" — and won in all four categories. Click here to watch it on Facebook.
Olivia Rodrigo Performed "Drivers License"
Rodrigo performed her signature song — well, so far — partly in an onstage Mercedes. She was nominated in seven categories and won GRAMMYs for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album (SOUR) and Best Pop Vocal Performance ("drivers license"). Click here to watch it on Facebook.
J Balvin Performed "Qué Más Pues?" & "In Da Ghetto"
Together with Argentine singer Maria Becerra, the Colombian singer/rapper performed their joint single "Qué Más Pues?" before flying solo for "In Da Ghetto." Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
BTS Performed "Butter"
K-pop heroes BTS went full James Bond for their rendition of their hit 2021 single, “Butter.” There was even some magic involved: While milling through the crowd mid-performance, V produced a card from behind Olivia Rodrigo's ear. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Lil Nas X Performed "Dead Right Now," "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" & "Industry Baby”
The "Old Town Road" star performed three cuts from his 2021 album Montero, with rapper Jack Harlow joining him for an electric rendition of their collaboration, "Industry Baby." Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Billie Eilish & FINNEAS Performed "Happier Than Ever"
Brandi Carlile Performed "Right On Time"
Carlile performed a ruminative version of her heart-tugging song "Right On Time," from In These Silent Days.
Nas Performed "I Can," "Made You Look," "One Mic," & "Rare"
Chris Stapleton Performed "Cold"
The very bearded country hero performed "Cold," from his 2020 album Starting Over. Stapleton was nominated for GRAMMYs for Best Country Solo Performance ("You Should Probably Leave"), Best Country Song ("Cold") and Best Country Album (Starting Over), and won in all three categories. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
John Legend Performed "Free"
After a riveting, pre-taped speech by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky about choosing sound over silence, truth over lies and peace over war, 12-time GRAMMY winner John Legend performed a touching song, "Free," which sampled pieces of the spiritual "Go Down Moses."
As the performance went on, Legend was joined by three Ukrainian artists: bandura player Siuzanna Iglidan, singer Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Lady Gaga Performed "Love for Sale" & "Do I Love You"
Tony Bennett may have retired from performing at 95, but his presence was keenly felt at the 2022 GRAMMYs. He bowed out with 2021's excellent Love for Sale, his second collaborative album with Lady Gaga — and Gaga did Bennett justice with a lavish tribute.
The pair’s second collaborative album, Love For Sale, won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album — their second win in the category, following their 2015 victory for Cheek To Cheek. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Jon Batiste Performed "Freedom"
The pianist and multi-hyphenate celebrated his 11 nominations at the 2022 GRAMMYs with a vibrant version of "Freedom" from his 2021 album WE ARE.
Out of those 11, Batiste won GRAMMYs for Album Of The Year (WE ARE), Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song ("Cry"), Best Music Video ("Freedom"), and Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Pixar's Soul). Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Justin Bieber Performed "Peaches"
Building from a sparse piano ballad to full-blown R&B jam session alongside collaborators Giveon and Daniel Caesar, Bieber thrilled the 2022 GRAMMYs stage with his top-down Justice hit "Peaches." Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
H.E.R. Performed "Damage," "We Made It" & Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
H.E.R. took home her fifth golden gramophone this year, winning the GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Fight For You." Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Carrie Underwood Performed "Ghost Story"
The 2022 GRAMMYs ended with two country luminaries, starting with Carrie Underwood, who performed "Ghost Story." The superstar won her eighth GRAMMY — but her first in the Best Roots Gospel Album category — for her gospel project, My Savior. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
Brothers Osborne Performed "Dead Man's Curve"
Last but certainly not least, Brothers Osborne played "Dead Man's Curve." (Their last GRAMMYs appearance was back in 2018, when they performed a tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas a year prior.)
After scoring nine nominations since 2016, Brothers Osborne won their first GRAMMY in 2022. Their poignant single "Younger Me" was awarded the GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales
"GRAMMY Effect" Spikes Sales
The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards drove a 3.3 percent increase in album sales compared to last week, according to a Billboard report. The 2010 GRAMMY Nominees album jumped to No. 5 with sales of 71,000 units, a 55 percent increase. Top GRAMMY winner Beyoncé's I Am…Sasha Fierce rose to No. 14 with sales of 32,000 copies, a 101 percent increase. Other GRAMMY performers experiencing sales increases include Pink (up 234 percent), Dave Matthews Band (up 114 percent), the Zac Brown Band (up 82 percent), the Black Eyed Peas (up 76 percent), Taylor Swift (up 58 percent), and Lady Gaga (up 17 percent). Lady Antebellum, who also performed on the telecast, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. (2/10)
Grainge Promoted To UMG CEO
Universal Music Group International Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group, effective Jan. 1, 2011. He will succeed Doug Morris and report to Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman of the management board of Vivendi. Grainge will relocate from London to New York to serve as co-CEO of UMG in tandem with Morris for six months starting July 1. Morris, who has served as UMG chairman and CEO since 1995, will remain as company chairman. (2/10)
Ladies Antebellum And Gaga, Jeff Beck, David Frost, John Legend Win Three GRAMMYs Each
Arcade Fire wins Album Of The Year; Esperanza Spalding wins Best New Artist
(To view a list of 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards winners, click here.)
The evening began with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, but by the time the last of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards was handed out on Feb. 13, several other singers and bands looked something like royalty. Foremost among them was Lady Antebellum, who walked away with three trophies while the group members earned two more each for songwriting categories.
Lady Antebellum at the GRAMMYs
During a show memorable for its range of fully fueled performances, the country superstars sang a pitch-perfect medley of tunes that ended with a quiet rendition of the song that launched them, "Need You Now," and shortly afterward collected the Song Of The Year GRAMMY for it (along with co-writer Josh Kear, with whom they also took Best Country Song). But there was plenty more to come for the trio. They also took home the GRAMMY for Best Country Album for Need You Now. Accepting that award, lead singer Charles Kelley said, "This song has completely flipped our world upside down." By the time Lady Antebellum stood up to collect a trophy for Record Of The Year for "Need You Now," they were in disbelief, and possibly discombobulated: "Oh my gosh, we're so stunned we started walking the wrong direction," said singer Hillary Scott breathlessly.
Also racking up awards was Lady Gaga, who claimed three: Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for "Bad Romance." Never one to miss the chance to make an entrance, she hatched herself onstage from a giant opaque egg. That was a riff on her new single, "Born This Way," and perhaps her bared shoulders, which sprouted a pair of pointy elbows, were too. Her dancers and outfit gave off a Cleopatra vibe, but Gaga can't be stopped from seeming ultra-modern, and her performance of "Born This Way" reflected that; it was a warp-speed whirlwind.
Lady Gaga at the GRAMMYs
In keeping with that same modernist — or maybe futurist — spirit, she accepted her award for Best Pop Vocal Album in black body armor. But Gaga also proved she can be an old-fashioned girl with a soft side. In an emotional acceptance speech for that award, she surprised the audience by thanking Whitney Houston: "I imagined she was singing…because I wasn't secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar. Whitney, I imagined you."
Leading the nominees with 10 nods revolving around Recovery, an album that detailed his struggles with addiction but also reestablished him as a rap force to be reckoned with, Eminem took home trophies for Best Rap Album — a triumph over rivals including Jay-Z, Drake and B.o.B — and Best Rap Solo Performance for "Not Afraid." Onstage, his swagger proved undiminished.
A flame-haired Rihanna opened Eminem's performance with a searching rendition of their duet "Love The Way You Lie," but it was Slim Shady who came out blazing, spitting the lyrics to that song before raging into "I Need A Doctor" with Dr. Dre and singer Skylar Grey; Adam Levine from Maroon 5 handled piano duty.
Closing the show and likely lifting the Sunday-night spirits of indie kids everywhere was the Canadian collective Arcade Fire, who won the Album Of The Year GRAMMY for The Suburbs and, before the night's final performance, turned in a frothy and fierce rendition of the rocking "Month Of May."
Arcade Fire at the GRAMMYs
Other multiple winners for the evening included classical music producer David Frost, legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck and R&B artist John Legend, who each earned three awards. Among those who won two each were alternative rock band the Black Keys, jazz giant Herbie Hancock, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, urban/alternative group the Roots, Keith Urban, and gospel singer BeBe Winans.
And in a bit of surprise, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist over teen phenom Justin Bieber, as well Canadian rapper Drake, and adventurist rock outfits Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons.
Esperanza Spalding at the GRAMMYs
The show also featured a few firsts, including a first-time ever GRAMMY performance by Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger, who helped pay tribute to fallen R&B singer Solomon Burke.
But if there was also a constant, it was the annual, high-profile celebration of music that the GRAMMYs represent, and the 53rd GRAMMYs fit the bill once again, with performances, pairings and awards presentations that were full of pleasant musical surprises.
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WATCH: Lady Gaga And Ariana Grande Team Up For "Rain On Me"
Grande enters the "Stupid Love" singer's futuristic world as the two pop sensations dance together in an out-of-this-planet setting
"I can feel it on my skin (It's comin' down on me)/ Teardrops on my face (Water like misery)/ Let it wash away my sins (It's coming down on me)," the global pop stars sing together on the chorus. "I'd rather be dry, but at least I'm alive/ Rain on me, rain, rain."
The song is an empowering track about being comfortable with letting tears fall. Gaga revealed the many layers behind the song in an interview with Vulture, sharing that some of the inspiration for it came from her relationship with drinking. "This is about an analog of tears being the rain. And you know what it’s also a metaphor for, is the amount of drinking that I was doing to numb myself," she said. "I’d rather be dry. I’d rather not be drinking, but I haven’t died yet. I’m still alive. Rain on me."
She added that the song also went beyond that. "Okay, I’m going to keep on drinking. This song has many layers," she said.
Grande enters the "Stupid Love" singer's futuristic world in the video released Friday, May 22, with the two dancing together in an out-of-this-planet setting. The video ends with them in a strong embrace.
Gaga has shared how much the collaboration with Grande means to her and thanked Grande for "reminding me I’m strong." Before the video's release, she tweeted out a special message to the "Stuck with U" singer.
"One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. @arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got," she tweeted.
Grande returned the love with more love, revealing what sharing a track with Gaga means to her.
"one time ..... i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did... who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me," she tweeted. "she then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry ! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga , u stunning superwoman !"
Watch the full video above. Chromatica is set to be released on May 29.