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How Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Bad Bunny, Arooj Aftab & More Made History At The 2022 GRAMMYs
Arooj Aftab accepts the Best Global Music Performance award onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony

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How Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Bad Bunny, Arooj Aftab & More Made History At The 2022 GRAMMYs

The 64th GRAMMY Awards marked another year of history-making feats, from record-setting victories by Chris Stapleton and D'Mile, to record-extending wins by the Foo Fighters and Kendrick Lamar

GRAMMYs/Apr 7, 2022 - 07:40 pm

There were plenty of memorable moments at the 2022 GRAMMYs, from heartfelt speeches to epic performances. But what those watching at home or in-person may not have realized, is that the 64th GRAMMY Awards also made history in several ways.

Several wins marked many firsts for the GRAMMYs, and a few added to GRAMMY legacies. As you look back on all of the excitement from the 2022 GRAMMYs, take a look at some of the ways this year's ceremony was historic.

Rock Reaches New Heights

The Foo Fighters' 10th studio album, Medicine At Midnight, won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Album, marking their fifth win in the category. The rock giants extend their lead as the winning-most act in the category, as no other artist has won Best Rock Album more than twice. (The Foo Fighters won all three rock GRAMMYs for which they were nominated, which came at a bittersweet time. The group lost their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, on March 25.)

In the Alternative category, indie rocker St. Vincent won the GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Album, becoming the first female solo artist to win the award twice. (She first won in 2015 for Daddy's Home.)  

That win further made history for women: It's the first time in GRAMMY history that female solo artists have won the GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Album back to back. Fiona Apple was last year's winner, for her LP Fetch the Bolt Cutters.

Silk Sonic "Leave" Their Mark

Silk Sonic — the dynamic duo of Bruno Mars and .Anderson Paak — didn't just sweep all four categories for which they were nominated, they helped Mars join an elite GRAMMY rank. When their hit "Leave the Door Open" won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year, Mars became just the second artist in GRAMMY history to win the coveted award three times — and the first to do so in nearly 35 years.

Mars previously took home Record Of The Year trophies for his own "24k Magic" in 2018, and his Mark Ronson collaboration "Uptown Funk" in 2016. Paul Simon is the only other artist to win the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year three times, for his Simon & Garfunkel classics "Mrs. Robinson" (in 1969) and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (in 1971) as well as his own "Graceland" in 1988.

"Leave the Door Open" also helped co-writer D'Mile become the first songwriter in GRAMMY history to take Song Of The Year two years in a row. He won in the category last year for H.E.R.'s "I Can't Breathe," which he wrote with H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas.

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An Inaugural Celebration…

With the addition of two new categories this year, two artists added to the historic night. Bad Bunny won the first-ever GRAMMY for the newly introduced Best Música Urbana Album category for El Último Tour Del Mundo, and Arooj Aftab won the first-ever GRAMMY for the newly introduced Best Global Music Performance category for "Mohabbat." 

…And A Historic Day For Pakistan

Though she's now based in Brooklyn, New York, Arooj Aftab grew up in Pakistan. With her Best Global Music Performance victory, she became the first Pakistani woman to win a GRAMMY. (She was the first Pakistani woman to be nominated for a GRAMMY, and also earned a Best New Artist nod.)

"Making a deeply personal and crossover music, in Urdu, and being seen for it… feels like a breakthrough," she tweeted after her win.

Country's Current King Reigns

Like the Foo Fighters and Silk Sonic, Chris Stapleton swept every category he was nominated in at the 2022 GRAMMYs (Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song). His wins were more than a clean sweep, too: Stapleton became the first solo artist to win a GRAMMY for Best Country Album three times, and the first to win Best Country Solo Performance thrice as well.

Netflix Goes GRAMMY Gold

Barlow & Bear — the duo of singer/songwriters Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear — and their TikTok sensation The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical won the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album. Inspired by the popular Netflix series "Bridgerton," the album is the first from a musical based on a TV show to win in the category.

Another Netflix GRAMMY success came from Bo Burnham’s "All Eyes on Me" — a song from his 2021 special "Bo Burnham: Inside" — which won the GRAMMY for Best Song Written For Visual Media. It’s only the second song from a TV show to win in the category, and the first in 20 years. (They Might Be Giants’ "Boss of Me" from Malcolm in the Middle won in 2002.)

Family Ties (In More Ways Than One)

Rising rap star Baby Keem and his cousin, Kendrick Lamar, won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance for their aptly titled collab, "Family Ties." Marking Lamar's fifth win in the category, he extends his record of most Best Rap Performance wins.

In other family GRAMMY news, Dhani Harrison — son of late Beatle George Harrison — won the GRAMMY for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition. He's the first child of a Beatle to win a GRAMMY.

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A GRAMMY Legend Furthers His Legacy

Last but certainly not least, the great Tony Bennett added another golden gramophone to his collection this year. The jazz icon's second collaborative album with Lady Gaga, Love for Sale, won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. It's his 14th win in the category, cementing his title of most GRAMMY wins for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album by a mile — no other artist has won the category more than four times.

Though he doesn't have the most wins or nominations of any artist, the 95-year-old's GRAMMY legacy is still pretty remarkable: Tony Bennett has won 19 GRAMMYs and received 41 nominations since the 5th (yes, 5th!) GRAMMY Awards in 1963. Talk about a career for the history books.

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

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Bruno Mars Wins Song Of The Year | 2018 GRAMMYs

The Hawaiian native takes home Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 08:11 am

Feeling the 24K Magic, Bruno Mars' successful progress through the categories he's been nominated in at the 60th GRAMMY Awards picked up another one at Song Of The Year for "That's What I Like."


Christopher Brody Brown and Philip Lawrence co-write with Mars under the name Shampoo Press & Curl. The other winning songwriters for Mars' hit tonight in this category are James Fauntleroy and production team "The Sterotypes" — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and  Jonathan Yip.

For additional "Finesse" on stage at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Mars was joined by Cardi B for a reprise of their 148-million-views hit remix.

The Album Of The Year GRAMMY Award wrapped up the night and wrapped up Bruno Mars' complete rampage through his six nominated categories — now six wins.

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Apple Music Exclusive: Watch Classic GRAMMY Performances

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Apple Music Exclusive: Watch Classic GRAMMY Performances

The Recording Academy teams with Apple Music to offer historical GRAMMY performances by Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Kendrick Lamar, and more

GRAMMYs/Nov 24, 2017 - 07:00 pm

To celebrate the GRAMMY Awards' 60th anniversary and the show's return to New York for the first time in 15 years, the Recording Academy and Apple Music are bringing fans a special video collection of exclusive GRAMMY performances and playlists that represent the illustrious history of Music's Biggest Night.

Available exclusively via Apple Music in a dedicated GRAMMYs section, the celebratory collection features 60-plus memorable performances specifically curated across six genres: pop, rap, country, rock, R&B, and jazz. 

The artist performances featured in the collection include Marvin Gaye, "Sexual Healing" (25th GRAMMY Awards, 1983); Whitney Houston, "Greatest Love Of All" (29th GRAMMY Awards, 1987); Run DMC, "Tougher Than Leather" (30th GRAMMY Awards, 1988); Miles Davis, "Hannibal" (32nd GRAMMY Awards, 1990); Shania Twain, "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" (41st GRAMMY Awards, 1999); Dixie Chicks, "Landslide" (45th GRAMMY Awards, 2003); Bruno Mars and Sting, "Locked Out Of Heaven" and "Walking On The Moon" (55th GRAMMY Awards, 2013); and Kendrick Lamar, "The Blacker The Berry" (58th GRAMMY Awards, 2016).

The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS at 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT. 

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MusiCares MAP Fund Charity Auction Launched

GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions offers exclusive memorabilia from seventh annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

Following the seventh annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit honoring Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman on May 6, GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched the MusiCares MAP Fund Charity Auction. Presented in partnership with Kompolt, the auction is open through May 19 and features a variety of autographed music memorabilia, including items signed backstage at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Gahan and Paramore.

Additional auction items include a framed issue of Rolling Stone signed by the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger; vintage memorabilia signed by Tony Bennett, Jackson Browne, Annie Lennox, Rod Stewart, and Barbra Streisand; guitars autographed by Kings Of Leon, Korn, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, and Keith Urban; unique memorabilia signed by Jeff Beck, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Muse, Katy Perry, and Rihanna; and a 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards VIP Experience for two including rehearsal passes and hotel accommodations.

To place your bid on items featured in the auction, visit www.ebay.com/grammy. All proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Dave Grohl Calls Early Foo's Recordings "Total F****** Chaos"

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins

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Dave Grohl Calls Early Foo's Recordings "Total F****** Chaos"

The rocker reveals lesser-known details about his early records and reflects on fallen friends

GRAMMYs/Sep 29, 2017 - 11:36 pm

Dave Grohl founded the GRAMMY-winning rock band Foo Fighters just a year after Kurt Cobain passed away and Nirvana subsequently disbanded. Given the Foo's current place as one of the biggest rock bands in the entire world, it can be hard to imagine they had humble beginnings, and likewise it's easy to forget that Grohl had to essentially start over from scratch following Nirvana's breakup.

In a recent interview with Hot Press, Grohl reflected on losing his bandmate Cobain, then experiencing similar loss with close friend Chris Cornell much later in life. "I just want everyone to survive," he says. "You cross your fingers and say your prayers and hope everyone makes it home safe at night."

Of starting anew with the Foo Fighters in 1995, he refers to the decision as a type of therapy. "[Our] hearts were broken when Kurt died. … I felt I had to do it — to exorcise something in my soul," Grohl says. "We still feel like that every time we make a record — every time we step on stage."

Grohl also admits that he was more than surprised when the Foo's second album, The Colour And The Shape, broke through and launched him and his band back into the spotlight, especially in light of the working conditions under which the record was made.

"I remember making that record while not having a place to live. I was sleeping in my friend’s back room in a sleeping bag. His dog would come in and p*** on the sleeping bag every f****** night," Grohl says wryly. "It was total f****** chaos. The fact we survived that means we could survive anything."

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