Every year on the first Sunday in February, the US hosts the final game of the National Football League - The Super Bowl. From a purely sporting event, the Super Bowl has long turned into a super show. We tell the story of the best performances of this cup, which have become iconic for pop culture and fashion - from Carol Channing to The Weeknd.
This year, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will take the world's biggest stage and perform at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show. Now let’s check the best performances of the past years.
From the point of view of Americans, a football match seems to be an amazing phenomenon. The surprising thing is that since 1967, when the National Football League and the American Football League began the process of merging, the Super Bowl has become more and more popular until it became a national phenomenon. Now the final game of the season, during which the NFL champion is determined, has the character of a national holiday in the USA: fashionable department stores like Bergdorf Goodman decorate windows in her honor and come up with capsule collections, and the Americans themselves sit en masse in front of TV screens - on the day of the finals in the USA they buy and eat only a little less food than at Thanksgiving. The TV broadcast of the game is so popular that over the years the match itself has been moved to the evening hours so that the breaks fall on Sunday prime time. Especially for this broadcast, brands traditionally release separate commercials (one minute of air during the Super Bowl costs about $ 8 million) - this is exactly how the first iPhone ad was shown for the first time.
The fashion industry, greedy for big news events, could not ignore such an event and throughout the existence of the Super Bowl systematically made its way inside the football game. Since 1970, mini-concerts have been held between half-times - a little less than 15 minutes, the so-called half-time performances, at which the most famous artists at the time of the game perform. The next morning, the sports media are talking about the score, and the rest of the media are talking about the performances and costumes prepared by the fashion brand teams for the Super Bowl. We have selected the most iconic.
2021 The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus and more
In 2021, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida has three times fewer people than usual. Due to anti-COVID measures, the performances had to be moved from the field to the stage installed in the stands (for the first time in the 55-year history of the Super Bowl!). However, even this did not prevent a grandiose show. Super Bowl 2021 headliner The Weeknd was joined by poet Amanda Gorman, r'n'b singer Jazmine Sullivan, singer H.E.R. and Miley Cyrus.
The first viewers saw Cyrus, who hosted a special TikTok show Tailgate in honor of the doctors (with a Tik Tok broadcast, of course). Miley appeared on stage first in the form of a cheerleader by Michael Schmidt, and then in the interpretation of football equipment, which was created especially for Miley by Gucci designers, by the way, the inscription FTW on the top stands for for the win. To the delight of the older audience, rock legends Billy Idol and Joan Jett appeared on stage with Cyrus (they also worked with Miley on her latest record). Miley was followed by Amanda Gorman, the same 22-year-old poet most of us learned about at Biden's inauguration, with a new poem about Americans fighting the pandemic. Amanda changed her Prada coat to Moschino from the spring 2021 collection, and the red headband to pearl. She was assembled for the ceremony by celebrity stylist Jason Bolden, who works with the main figures of American pop culture, from Alicia Keys to Serena Williams (you can find out how his everyday life as a stylist goes on Bolden's author's show on Netflix Styling Hollywood.
Although on the eve of the Super Bowl The Weeknd complained that he did not have enough money to repeat the appearance of Diana Ross (in 1996, the singer landed at the stadium by helicopter), his appearance on the impromptu stage turned out to be no less spectacular. The Weeknd decided not to deviate from the narrative set in 2020 and again used the image of Robert De Niro from Martin Scorsese's Casino. Givenchy creative director Matthew Williams was responsible for the outfit - according to him, it took 250 hours to create a jacket studded with rhinestones. But The Weeknd made the work easier for makeup artists – this time the singer went on stage without bandages on his face. Dancers appeared in them, and according to The Weeknd, this is a hairpin in the direction of celebrities who change their appearance for the sake of public recognition. The performance has already gone into memes, including because at the same time as The Weeknd there were thousands of his “clones” on stage - some fans decided that in the middle of the show, Abel himself was a little confused.
2020 J Lo and Shakira
JLo and Shakira's Super Bowl 2020 halftime performance ended just a few hours ago, and it's already being hailed as one of the most spectacular halftime shows in the history of halftime performances. Shakira's costumes were designed by Peter Dundas. One of them - a red crop top with Swarovski crystals and a transforming dress - was compared on the Internet with the outfit of the Gazelle from the cartoon "Zootopia", which was voiced by Shakira. Red, so popular on similar tracks, was the exception in the Super Bowl. Oddly enough, the last time Diana Ross performed in such a dress on the show was back in 1996.
The choice of outfit for Jennifer Lopez was predictable. "When people think of Jennifer, they think of Versace," said one of the singer's stylists, Mariel Hann. In just a 14-minute performance, J. Lo changed four outfits, while it took her only 8 seconds to change clothes for the longest time. So, during Jenny From The Block, she was in a leather jumpsuit with studs (she wore similar ones to concerts in the early 2000s), and Get Right sang in a sparkling bodysuit. There were also some political statements at the Super Bowl. So, at the end of the performance, J. Lo put on a voluminous cape of multi-colored feathers, forming an American flag on the outside, and Puerto Rican on the inside.
But Shakira's performance was regarded as an homage to Middle Eastern culture. The singer took to the stage with the Colombian dance troupe Swing Latino (and performed a belly dance herself), and when the track My Hips Don't Lie played, she imitated the style of Arab women festively “hooting” with joy. True, not everyone understood the allusion - and so the singer became the main meme of the Super Bowl.
The end of the show was held under the auspices of girl power. Shakira and J. Lo sang together Let's Get Loud - Lopez's hit from her debut album in 1999. And on stage, they were joined by a choir of girls, led by Jennifer Lopez's 11-year-old daughter Emmy (American Vogue has already predicted a great future for her).
2016 Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars
The performance at the Super Bowl 2016 was discussed, firstly, because the game was the fiftieth anniversary, and all the artists tried to make their performances as patriotic as possible. The incident was that absolutely everyone decided to express love for their native country in the outfits of Italian designers: Lady Gaga was in Gucci, Bruno Mars in Versace, Beyoncé in Dsquared2, and only Chris Martin's sneakers were American. Otherwise, everything was in order with the patriotic component of the halftime performance: for example, the costumes of Beyoncé dancers, which Zana Bain made, were an allusion to the uniform of the Black Panthers, a radical political group that fought against the infringement of black Americans, and on the day before the Super Bowl, the singer presented the song Formation and its video (you know what).
2015 Katy Perry and Missy Elliott
Jeremy Scott was responsible for Perry's costumes: he came up with four extravagant (sometimes even just strange) looks for the singer - from a beach ball costume to a dress made of flames, in which Katy rode onto the field, riding a huge mechanical dog. Scott is known for his commercial approach to fashion, and about the appearance of Moschino at the Super Bowl, he honestly said: "This is the most popular show of the year - it has more viewers than the Oscars!" As for Missy Elliott, in her case, the newsworthy was the very appearance on the stage after a ten-year break. Thanks to the Super Bowl, her album sales increased by more than 900 percent in the week following the match.
2014 Bruno Mars, René Fleming
Since 2012, bespoke pieces from big brands have become an important part of Super Bowl performances. For example, three years ago, the fashion component of the performance split in two - on the one hand there was Bruno Mars in a golden Yves Saint Laurent jacket, on the other - opera singer Rene Fleming in a black Vera Wang dress tailored especially for her with white draperies. As conceived by Vera, the dress was supposed to embody all the greatness of American culture, sit comfortably on Fleming and look good against the background of the orchestra. It seems that everything worked out, and in such a way that Rene did not want to donate the outfit to the museum later (in the end, she was persuaded).
The Super Bowl was marked by dozens of amazing performances, but Beyoncé is Beyoncé. The show, which the singer, her team and Destiny's Child came up with, was so spectacular and practiced that it seemed as if the audience was watching a 3D clip. Beyoncé came out in a body-transformer, from which, during the performance, she unfastened parts until only transparent leather lace remained on her. The outfit was designed by a young American couturier Rubin Singer - according to him, Super Bowl 2013 completely turned his career around. And we join the question of Vogue.com: how did it happen that Beyoncé did not lose her breath during the entire performance?
2012 Madonna, M.I.A. and Nikki Minaj
The most epic performance in Super Bowl history goes to Madonna. In the form of an Egyptian queen, she drove onto the field in a huge golden chariot, which was driven by hundreds of athletes, and then sang her Vogue hit and several songs with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. The costumes for the show were made by Riccardo Tisci, who has already collaborated with Madonna during her three-year Sticky & Sweet tour. “People say there is a limit to everything, but with Madonna there are no limits. I'm so glad that after trying different roles, she decided to return to the music scene. Not only to give us music, but also to create fashion, to create iconic performances,” said Tisci. For the Super Bowl performance, he came up with three looks: a long gold cape, a long black cape, and a short dress with over the knee boots. The costumes for the dancers were also ordered by Givenchy.
2011 Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas were still performing as a full line-up then, and each costume deserved a separate discussion. Fergie was dressed in a leather dress with huge shoulder pads (like American football players) covered with crystals, and huge claw rings glittered on her fingers, worn on the last phalanx. The rest of the band members were wearing leather suits with built-in LEDs. Plus, the costumes of four hundred dancers shone. This complex design and technical work was entrusted to the dance studio Just For Kix from Minnesota. Six years have passed since then, and LEDs on clothes and shoes are gradually becoming commonplace (the future is somewhere nearby).
A purple P-shaped cartoon stage, matching guitar, and a sky-blue pantsuit with an orange shirt: this performance by Prince is consistently featured on all lists of the singer's best looks, and outside of such listings, he can safely be called the clearest evidence that he could wear nuclear colors like no other.
2004 Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Perhaps the most scandalous costume in the history of the Super Bowl. During a joint performance of the song Rock Your Body, Timberlake tore off part of the costume from Janet - the right cup of the leather corset, exposing the singer's chest. This incident became so resonant that the English-language Wikipedia has a separate article dedicated to it. CBS was fined a record $550,000, critics said that Janet's prank was a sign of moral decline in the United States, and Jackson herself had to make a public apology. The singer's PR service later explained that Janet let the costume down, but no one believed them: the singer's nipple was prudently covered with an ornament in the form of the sun. The bare-chested piece was cut from the Super Bowl footage, but it was sent to each other anyway. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim even credits the episode as one of the reasons the video platform is so popular.
2001 Britney Spears
Strictly speaking, in 2001 she was not the only one performing at the Super Bowl - the singer was accompanied by Aerosmith, *NSYNC and Mary J. Blige. But Britney was a real personification of the beginning of the 2000s. Wearing low-cut white trousers, a crop top and a navel piercing, she was the face of a decade, defining the hottest girls for years to come. That same year, Pepsi, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl, filmed a commercial starring Britney that looked like a continuation of her performance with Aerosmith.
1996 Diana Ross
Diana Ross wouldn't be herself if her Super Bowl performance wasn't built around her as the ultimate diva of the '90s. Firstly, she changed four costumes: she went out in a red puffy dress, which transformed into a mini; then she appeared in an orange and pink mermaid dress, changed it to a gold cape with leggings and a fuchsia corset, and completed the performance in a pink and orange suit. Secondly, Ross flew out of the stadium in a helicopter. Thirdly, people lined up in giant letters Diana Ross - so that they could be seen even from space. Her performance ranks ninth in the top 10 Super Bowl performances: Diana turned costumes into part of the numbers for the first time.
1993 Michael Jackson
The press unanimously considers Michael Jackson to be the founding father of the reference halftime performance format - in general, he came up with a lot of pop-cultural phenomena that did not exist before him. For the first time, Jackson turned a Super Bowl performance into a medley of his hits and prepared separate dance routines that flowed into each other. The singer's costume has become no less legendary than the performance itself: black aviator glasses, a black military jacket with a decorative gold bandolier, and black cropped trousers with white socks. The Dsquared2 leather jacket Beyoncé wore to last year's Super Bowl is an homage to Jackson's 1993 look.
1991 New Kids on the Block
It is believed that halftime performance first became a full-fledged pop show in 1991, when the New Kids on the Block boy band was headlining the Super Bowl. Firstly, for their performance, a real Disneyland was built on the field with a huge castle and hundreds of children dressed as Disney characters. Secondly, all four members of the group could outdo models from men's glossy magazines: wide trousers with a high waist, a straight jacket for Adidas sweatpants, a vest on a naked body and a golden leather jacket, like Mick Jagger.
1988 Chubby Checker & The Rockettes Ensemble
King of the twist Chubby Checker in tight black pants and a silver wrap shirt with shoulder pads plus the famous dance group The Rockettes (44 girls in gold top hats and bodysuits), plus 88 white pianos and pianists - just imagine this party on the football field. After Checker, there were many decent performances, and some of them were much more spectacular, but there has never been more fun at the Super Bowl.
1970 Carol Channing
Actress and singer Channing became the first artist to perform at the Super Bowl. She told The Guardian she was asked to sing the hit song from the Broadway musical Hello Dolly! literally a week before the match. That halftime performance was built, by the way, not around her performance, but around the Southern University Orchestra - according to Carol, it was like her debut on Broadway. Channing took to the moving platform in a white long coat with a hood trimmed with fluffy fur. Presumably, the American couturier Nolan Miller was its author, and the coat itself later became the hallmark of the actress, and she put it on more than once for her other performances.
The most important gala in the music industry, the Grammy Awards, has announced its nominations for 2022. American jazz musician Jon Batiste will compete for no less than 11 trophies.
Jon Batiste will fight in categories such as "Recording of the Year" or "Best R&B Album". Justin Bieber hopes to win the Grammy Award for "Song of the Year" with the song "Peaches".
For the first time, the legendary Swedish band ABBA was also nominated, which recently reunited and released a new album. The northern quartet's song, "I Still Have Faith In You," will be in the "Recording of the Year" category.
At the same time, rapper Jay-Z has officially become the most successful artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, with 83 active nominations.
The winners will be announced on January 31, 2022, at a gala in Los Angeles.
Often, a well-prepared speech becomes a test for the audience, and spontaneously spoken phrases enter the story. Bemorepanda has collected the deep thoughts and funny sayings of the stars from the Grammy Awards, which remains in history.
1. “I want to thank the man I fell in love with last year and to whom I dedicated this song. Thank you for breaking my heart. Thanks to you, I got four Grammys. "
Singer-songwriter Sam Smith (22) attends the Record of the Year Awards.
2. "It seems like I have a lot of friends this year in misfortune, but I want to say as a former failed best new artist of 2008, it's not scary to lose, just dance like the song Shake It Off says."
Singer Taylor Swift (25) presenting the Best Performer winner.
3. “Albums - do you still remember them? They are as important today as books and the movement against racism. "
Singer and composer Prince (56) presenting Album of the Year.
4. “A dream has no statute of limitations. Keep believing in yourself. "
EL Cool Jay (47), the host of the awards ceremony.
5. “I liked meeting Lady Gaga. She thought I was a waiter. "
Ed Sheeran (23) on his Twitter.
6. "This is how I take pictures: when I don't smile, it makes me laugh."
Kanye West (37) on why he never smiles in the photo.
7. "I like Katie, she has great breasts."
Nicki Minaj (32) to Katy Perry (30).
8. "Sitting under the stage during an AC / DC show is incredible, but at the same time you are terribly scared."
Anna Kendrick (29) on her backstage experiences.
9. “I have a different outfit for the show. There are nails in these boots. I can't perform on my nails!"
Madonna (56) on the red carpet talks about a suit made by the creative director of Givenchy House Ricardo Tisca (40).
10. "I haven't read the book ... But I'm very glad that my song was chosen as the soundtrack."
Annie Lennox (60) on Fifty Shades of Gray.
Winning a Grammy is the ticket of any artist to the reputable list that contains the names of some of the most respected artists and composers of all time, such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra or Elton John. However, the decision to award a Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year is slightly more complicated.
There are three major Grammy Awards trophies. "Best Record of the Year" awards, on the one hand, the composers who wrote and composed the song, and "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" award the performer and production team.
For 60 years, the "Best Recording of the Year" category has rewarded songs that have become part of music history, but also included difficult decisions. Here are 14 moments worth mentioning in the history of the awards.
In 1959, when the category was launched, the prize was awarded to Domenico Modugno for the song "Volare". His song had already been a new entry to the Eurovision Song Contest a year ago and had been on the Billboard charts for five weeks. These things brought fame to the artist. Modugno later became involved in politics, and things got so big that he was barred from entering Chile to perform.
Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is recognized as one of the classic songs of the '60s. In 1967, the song was nominated for "Best Record of the Year", but the song was dethroned by another, also Webb's, "Up, up and away". So, the song that gave the name of the debut album made Grammy history as one of the most romantic songs of longing.
The song "Little green apples", composed by Bobby Russel, is a true masterpiece; that kind of country song that makes you feel like you're getting into the scenery. Initially, the song was recorded by the well-known Roger Miller, but then artists such as Patti Page and OC Smith did the cover in 1968, and Smith's version won him the Grammy for "Best Recording of the Year". Some thought that another song could have won, but it is certain that "Hey Jude" by The Beatles missed.
11. "I didn't even know that people who couldn't sing a note and were tone-deaf were eligible for any Grammys.~ Hillary Clinton
12. “By the way, I got a Grammy, which was a big thrill.” ~ Marian McPartland
13. “I’ve got a Grammy and Emmy, I’d like to have a Tony.” ~ Cyndi Lauper
14. “I’ve always said I can’t tell sometimes that people even have an album out until I see them nominated for a Grammy. I think country gets dumped on across the board by the Grammys.” ~ Toby Keith
15. “It could be Grammy night, Oscar night, whatever – I don’t feel the pressure to be there.” ~ Idris Elba
16. “She could have a Grammy. I'd still treat her ass like a nominee.” ~ Drake
17. “When Elton John sang a duet with the white rapper Eminem on a Grammy telecast, rap went mainstream. Massive parental headaches followed.” ~ Bill O’Reilly
Although Lennon and McCartney represent the most successful partnership of composers in the history of pop music, the band won only once, with the song "Michelle", from the album "Rubber soul", the trophy "Best recording of the year". The decision was all the more interesting as the song was not released as a single and did not reach the American charts. However, it was the most broadcast song on the radio in the United States.
Until the mid-1970s, Grammy jurors kept pop music at bay, celebrating more Simon & Garfunkel or Barbra Streisand music. It wasn't until 1975 that the pop style received some attention with the Bee Gees. "Jive talkin" or "Get down tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band or with the song "Fame" by David Bowie. The award went to Judy Collins' "Send in the Clowns."
No matter what James Bond movies say, the truth is that they gave birth to a considerable number of great pop songs, including "Live & let die" (Wings) or "We have all the time in the world" (Louis Armstrong). ). Only one, however, received a nomination for "Best Record of the Year". Carly Simon's song "Nobody does it better" was the theme of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). However, he lost to two other film compositions, "Evergreen" and "You light up my life", both of which were themes for "A star is born". Accidentally, it was the only time two songs shared the same prize.
Jimmy Webb was not the only multi-Grammy nominee. Michael McDonald was in the same situation, but with two different composers. The nominations were for the songs "Minute by minute", for which he collaborated with the studio Doobie Lester Abrams, and "What a fool believes", written with Kenny Loggins, with which he won the award.
Few artists in the 1980s, with the exception of Madonna and Prince, could be compared to Michael Jackson, but despite dominating all the charts, his songs or those of his composers were not very successful at the '80s Grammy Awards. to the two important categories. The exception was "We are the world", sung with Lionel Richie, who won "Best Record of the Year". In 1983, Jackson won the "Beat it" award for "Song of the Year," and the "Album of the Year" trophy went to him for "Thriller."
18. “I liked getting the Grammy more than not getting it.” ~ Jakob Dylan
19. “One of the high points of my career was winning the Grammy for ‘I Will Survive.'” ~ Gloria Gaynor
20. “A Grammy is really nice, but having lots of fans is really nice, too. I think just getting a record out is a success on its own.” ~ Dan Auerbach
21. “Every year there’s an Oscar and Grammy and we celebrate those shows. We do the same in the U.S about sports schools and colleges. The same thing doesn’t happen for tech and STEM.” ~ will.i.am
22. “A brilliant 1989 album, Oh Mercy; some career retrospectives; and two albums of American folk songs, with just Bob Dylan and his guitar and harmonica. All that culminated in the Grammy-winning comeback album, Time Out of Mind (1997). Once again, just as Dylan seemed to be out of it, he was back at the top of his game.” ~ Bob Dylan
23. “I never set out now to get a Grammy, or get an American Music Award, but it still is nice to be recognized.” ~ Ginuwine
Of all the 1989 songs that could come to mind, such as "Like a Prayer" (Madonna), "Turn Back Time" (Cher) or "Back to Life" (Soul II Soul), the jurors chose Wind Beneath My Wings. ", Bette Middler's play. This award was followed, one year later, by another, for the song "From a distance". Interesting decisions, some would say, as if Madonna didn't even exist.
Music and film go hand in hand, and the Grammys and Oscars have always been on the same stage. In 1994, the soundtrack "The Lion King" gave Elton John and Tim Rice some applause for "Circle of life" and "Can you feel the love", but the victory went to Bruce Springsteen for the song "Streets". of Philadelphia ”from the Oscar-winning film“ Philadelphia ”.
The reputation of the Grammy Awards is that they appreciate commercial success. And yet, the reality is that some of the world's greatest artists have never been awarded. The Rolling Stones, Madonna, David Bowie and Queen were never nominated, and Prince was nominated only once, and then it was for his own version of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares to You."
Although nominated for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" in 1987, the award went to the Linda Ronstadt / James Ingram duo and the song "Somewhere Out There", in 2000 U2 got its revenge. The song "Beautiful Day" won the boys the award, and five years later they were rewarded for "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own."
Composing a song requires involvement, inspiration, and mutual help. Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like" involved seven composers, including the artist, but this directly brought him the award in 2017.
When this category was invented, there were only five songs in competition. Today, maybe because we have broadened our horizons and we prefer the song and not the album, at the 2020 edition in the competition there are eight songs between which the battle for the prize is going on.
24. “Honestly I can truly say, it would be nice, but I don’t feel like I got to get a Grammy or something to feel official. I’m cool but it would be nice to win the Grammy Awards!” ~ Ginuwine , Grammy quotes awards
25. “Going to the Grammys, being nominated for a Grammy, that was a really big deal for me, for us as a band.” ~ John Petrucci
26. “I was never like, “Oh man, I want a Grammy and I’ll do whatever it takes”. Someone like that might not do what it takes to have a decent touring career, because they’re in the studio trying to master whatever they’re doing to win a Grammy.” ~ Vince Staples
27. “I would like to get nominated for a Grammy, but I don’t set out to do that anymore, ’cause I never felt like I got my just due in the business, period anyway.” ~ Ginuwine
28. “I feel like success is really subjective. You could win a school talent show and be like “I was successful”, or you could get a Number One in New Zealand and be like “I was successful’, or you could win a Grammy and be like “I was successful”.” ~ Thomston
29. “At some point in my life I would like to win a Grammy. I think that would be a good thing to do.” ~ Troye Sivan
30. “Pop music, across its countless iterations, is a vast, amazing, thrilling art form. All life is in it. It stands for itself. The same is true of literature, but nobody feels compelled to toss Philip Roth a grammy just to prove it.” ~ David Bennun
31. “While silly ni**as argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my ni**a, white people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.” ~ J. Cole
32. “I went to Clive Davis’ Grammy party, and I nearly spontaneously combusted because everyone on my iPod was there!” ~ Leona Lewis
33. “This means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win … It will take a village and an army, [some] countries and continents to make bullying a hate crime.” ~ Lady Gaga
34. “I never threw away that paper with my Grammy speech because I haven’t hit the pinnacles I plan to reach.” ~ Drake
35. “I think the Grammy is like the award, you know.” ~ Brandy Norwood
36. “I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy.” ~ Nicki Minaj
37. “My first Grammy wasn’t even in a jazz category, but of course I was really excited. ‘Rockit’ was the beginning of a new era for the whole hip-hop movement.” ~ Herbie Hancock
38. “I hold ‘Mi Tierra,’ my first Spanish-language album, very close to me because that was all done in my native tongue and won me my first Grammy.” ~ Gloria Estefan
39. “I’ve won several Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy so maybe somebody will let me have an Oscar, and then I’ll have a full set.” ~ Dick Van Dyke
40. “I never had any expectations of winning a Grammy. It wasn’t something I was set on, that I was hoping and praying and starving for.” ~ Beck
41. “I’m not a comedian. I’m not a show host. I’m a musician. That’s why I’ve turned down offers to host the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards. Is it really entertaining for me to get up there and crack a few weak jokes and force people to laugh because I’m Michael Jackson, when I know in my heart that I’m not funny?” ~ Michael Jackson
42. “When I was 4 or 5 and I could put complete thoughts together and really feel them, I remember watching the Grammy’s or something like that and getting real emotional because I wanted to be up there.” ~ Joanna Noelle Levesque
43. “And you know there’s nothing like writing a song about someone who’s mean to you, and just makes your life miserable…and then winning a Grammy for it.” ~ Taylor Swift
“I believe that I’m going to have a Grammy.” ~ Ashthon Jones
44. “In my opinion, one of the biggest drawbacks about Sergio Leone films are the scores composed by Ennio Morricone. If [Leone] were as talented as I am, he would have made mixtapes for his movies instead of letting some schmuck write the soundtracks for him. But then if he were as talented as I am, he’d be Zach Braff. And have his own Grammy.” ~ Zach Braff
45. “Grammy asshole weekend in LA. Yuck … The Grammys = the old guard / old media propping up their puppets trying to convince the outside world, and each other, they’re relevant.” ~ Trent Reznor
46. “I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the f***** deli without hearing or seeing me.'” ~ Lady Gaga
47. “To date, [Wynton] Marsalis has received a total of nine Grammy Awards; a Pulitzer Prize (the first ever awarded to a jazz musician)… and twenty-nine honorary degrees, including Columbia, Brown, Princeton and Yale; the National Medal of Arts; and numerous awards from other countries.” ~ Randy Sandke
48. “The biggest reward from that record was the enthusiasm everyone had to sing on it. The Grammy nominations and the chart positions are great, but ultimately the way you interact with other musicians is the most important thing to me.” ~ Chris Botti
49. “My brain is very fantastical. If I ever actually recorded myself, I could probably win a Grammy for sex talk. Being on the road while in relationships, you need to learn to pleasure one another.” ~ Dane Cook
50.“I want to win a Grammy. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. I want to be a musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ And I want to play arenas and have tons of people watching me.” ~ Cheyenne Kimball
The Grammy Awards, along with the Oscars and the Met Gala, are one of the main and most important events in the entertainment industry. In 2022, the 64th prize will be held in Los Angeles on January 31, and just the other day the nominees became known. So, what else do you need to know about the upcoming ceremony?
The awards will be presented on January 31
And it will traditionally take place at the Staples concert venue in Los Angeles. The Grammy will be televised by CBS, and the award can be viewed online at grammy.com as well as on the YouTube channel of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
By the way, the presentation of the statuettes this year will be somewhat different. Reacting to the caustic remarks in their address, the Grammys abandoned the so-called nomination committees (which were criticized last year by The Weeknd, which was left without a single nomination).
Grammy Nominees 2022
Industry favorites such as Justin Bieber (eight nominations), Doja Cat (eight nominations), HER (eight nominations and a record 21 in four years), Billie Eilish (seven nominations), Olivia Rodrigo got the chance to win the most prestigious music award in 2022. (seven nominations), Lil Nas X (five nominations) and Taylor Swift (one nomination, but “Album of the Year”, in which Swift won three times already). Young Rodrigo will have to try to emulate Eilish's achievement, who two years ago became the first Grammy winner in 39 years in all four main categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. By the way, this year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences expanded the number of nominees from eight to ten in these categories.
However, the largest number of nominations - 11 - went to John Baptiste. His album “We Are” received accolades from critics, and the jazz musician also took part in writing tracks for the cartoon "Soul", which also did not go unnoticed. Recall that last year Beyonce became the leader in the number of Grammy nominations. She could take home nine figurines, but in the end she won four awards. Offended by The Weeknd this year, he nevertheless received three nominations at once. Halsey found herself in a similar situation when she criticized the Grammy last year and was nominated for Best Alternative Album this year. And also the first in its history nomination ("Record of the Year") was received by the ABBA group.
There are two new categories
The statuettes for Best Global Music Performance and Best Album for Musica Urbana (nominated for Latin American Artists) will be presented for the first time at the upcoming ceremony. Now there are 88 categories.
Jay-Z is the most award-nominated artist of all time
In 2022, Jay-Z received three nominations, which allowed him to get such an honorable status. Prior to that, he shared a record in 80 nominations with producer and composer Quincy Jones. True, in terms of the number of awards, Jay-Z lags behind Jones (he became a laureate 23 times, and Quincy - 27). By the way, the wife of rapper Beyonce also set a record last year - she owns the largest number of victories among all solo artists.
1. The first Grammy was awarded on May 4, 1959. The song of the year was Volare by Domenico Modugno. At that time, the award was presented in only 22 nominations. Winners in 82 nominations will be announced at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
2. In 1998, a certain Michael Portnoy received his moment of fame at the Grammy. During Bob Dylan's speech, a man walked on stage with a naked torso, and on his chest was written: "Soy bomb." He was immediately tied up and taken backstage. Subsequently, the "saboteur" explained that by his appearance he wanted to convey to the public that art should be as nutritious as soybeans.
3. Despite the fact that the Grammy awards are mostly musical, some awards are also given for recordings of the spoken genre. So in 2003, the actor Robin Williams received this award for the best album in the comedy spoken genre. For such creativity, Robin has already earned as many as five "gramophones".
4. Another actor and multiple Grammy winner is Will Smith. Smith began his show business career performing rap songs with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. By the way, Smith and his comrades can be called the pioneers of the genre - it was they who, in 1989, were awarded the first Grammy award in history for reading rap. Subsequently, the actor received 3 more statuettes - in 1992, 1998 and 1999.
5. Surprisingly, the Grammy Awards are awarded not only to people, but also ... to dolls! Red Fuzzy Elmo from Muppet Show has won awards three times, including Elmopalooza - Best Album for Children in 1998.
6. There are also politicians among the winners of the Grammy Awards. This award was awarded to three American presidents at once - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But, of course, not for the songs, but for the beautiful speeches: in 2008 Obama won the Grammy for The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.
7. Usually musicians await the Grammy with the same excitement as the actors - the Oscar. But not the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, known for her rebellious disposition. On February 3, 1991, the singer, who was declared in four nominations, publicly refused the award. "All this bullshit is permeated through and through with falsehood and reflects destructive values," - said Sinead. As a result, she won a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Performance category, but never came for the award.
8. One of the most touching moments in the history of the ceremony happened in 2010, when the organizers decided to present a posthumous prize to King of Pop Michael Jackson. His children, 12-year-old son Prince Michael and 11-year-old daughter Paris, came to receive the award for the musician. The teenagers made such a heartfelt speech that the audience could hardly restrain sobbing.
9. In the category "Most Amazing Duo of the Grammy Awards," first place can be unconditionally given to rapper Eminem and Elton John, who sang Stan during the awards ceremony in 2001. The unexpected collaboration of representatives of two such different genres was remembered for a long time by all spectators of that ceremony.
10. Now is the time to talk about the Grammy records. American singer Sherrill Crow is one of three performers to win two awards at once - Best New Artist and Record of the Year - in the same year. This achievement will be shared by Norah Jones and Christopher Cross.
11. Group U2 is the leader in the number of Grammys among musical groups. To date, they have 22 awards.
12. American blind soul singer Stevie Wonder has 28 phonographs in his musical collection, including a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. This is an absolute record.
13. Singer Leanne Rimes became the youngest Grammy winner in history. She was only 14 years old when she received this award for Best New Artist in 1996.
14. The group Led Zeppelin received belated recognition. The band won its first and only Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 - 25 years after the band's disbandment.
15. Russian musicians are nominated for a Grammy almost every year. Here is just one single genre - classical music. Conductors Yuri Bashmet and Mikhail Pletnev became the laureates of the prize from Russia. But the opera diva Anna Netrebko and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev, although they were nominated, until they received a Grammy.
16. The record for the number of Grammy awards in its entire history belongs to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which already has 60 statuettes.
17. "Grammy" is the highest award for a musician, so usually the laureates are very happy about their victory, but not Sinead O'Connor (52). On February 3, 1991, the Irish singer, nominated in four nominations for Best Alternative Performance, turned down the award and never came for it.
18. American composer, arranger, record producer and trumpet player Quincy Jones has been nominated for a Grammy 79 times at 27 awards, more than anyone else. But he never became a laureate of the award.
19. In the piggy bank Stevie Wonder (68) 22 Grammy awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.
20. In 1998, a young man named Michael Portnoy ran onto the stage of the ceremony during a show by Bob Dylan (77) with a naked torso on which was written "Soy Bomb". As Michael later explained, he wanted to convey to everyone that art should be as nutritious as soy.
21. Did you know that the Grammys are awarded not only for musical works? In 2003, actor Robin Williams won the Best Comedy Talk Album award. By the way, at the moment he already has 5 "gramophones" in this nomination.
22. Conductor Georg Solti holds the record for the most Grammy awards with 31 awards. Among women - Alison Krauss (47), she has 28 figurines.
23. We will never forget how in 2001 Eminem (46) and Elton John (71) took to the stage of the ceremony together to perform a track by rapper Stan.
24. There are also politicians among the winners of the Grammy Awards. As many as three American presidents - Jimmy Carter (94), Bill Clinton (72) and Barack Obama (58) - have received the award. Of course, not for songs, but for beautiful speeches. In 2008, Obama received a Grammy for The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.
25. Believe it or not, even dolls get Grammy awards. Red Fuzzy Elmo from Muppet Show won the award three times, including the 1998 Best Album for Children.
26. 2010 was one of the most moving moments in the history of the ceremony. Then the organizers decided to present the posthumous prize to the king of pop Michael Jackson. His children - son Prince Michael (21) and daughter Paris (20) - came to receive the award for the musician. They made such a heartfelt speech that the audience could hardly hold back tears.
27. The youngest winner of the award is singer Leanne Rimes (36), who won the award in 1997 at the age of 14 for Best New Artist. And the oldest winner in 1991 was the late George Burns. He received the award at the age of 91 in the category "Non-musical work" for his "Gracie: A Love Story" ("Gracie: a love story").
28. The album that won the most impressive collection of Grammy awards in 2000 is Supernatural by Carlos Santana (71). In total, he received nine awards - the most in one year.
29. American singer Sherrill Crowe (56) is one of three performers, along with Norah Jones (39) and Christopher Cross (67), who have won two awards at once (in the nominations "Best New Artist" and "Record of the Year") in the same year.
30. The group Led Zeppelin received belated recognition. The band won its first and only Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement only in 2005 - 25 years after the group split up.
31. The Grammy Awards have had their own "unlucky" ones. For example, singer Brian McKnight (49) - he has 16 nominations and not a single statuette. Not too lucky and the new Milli Vanilli. They won an award in the 1990s for Best New Artist. But it soon became known that the appearance of the musicians did not meet the expectations of the youth audience, and besides, they always performed “under the veneer”. Soon the duo was taken away from the previously received "Grammy" - the only case in the history of this musical award.
32. Initially, the Grammy was planned as a kind of analogue of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but at some point the recording bosses decided that no boulevard or even a highway would be enough for all worthy figures, and instead decided to award statuettes - by analogy with the already popular at that time "Oscar".
33.The National Academy of Arts awards not only statuettes, but also medals.
The Grammy awards are handled by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, founded in 1957 specifically to select candidates worthy of this high award and its presentation.
34. The first Grammy Awards (then called the Gramophone Awards) took place in 1959, but was not filmed for television. The second ceremony has already been shown on tape, and the first live broadcast of the ceremony took place in 1971. The ABC television company decided on this bold step on one condition - the producer of the program, Pierre Cosette, had to get one of three celebrities as the host: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Andy Williams (a famous pop artist). Cosette completed the task by inviting the last of them. At the same time, he did not even try to call Sinatra or Martin. “I figured Dean wouldn't do it, and neither would Sinatra,” the producer recalled.
35. In the first Grammy ceremony, 28 awards were presented. By 2011, their number had reached 109, but by the following year it had been drastically reduced to 78. At the 2017 ceremony, 83 Grammys will be handed out - not counting special awards.
36. Singer Bobby Darin received a Grammy in1959.
Before the coveted statuettes received the nickname "Grammy", they were fondly referred to as "Eddie" - in honor of the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison.
37. The Grammy figurines are handcrafted by a team led by sculptor John Billings, who was a student of the original creator Bob Graves. The famous "gramophones" are made from an alloy of zinc and aluminum (which Billings calls "gramium" for solidity), turned, polished, electroplated with a layer of 24-carat gold and placed on a metal base. The production of one figurine takes 15 to 20 hours. Billings also created 48 “dummy” Grammys to be reused in ceremonies: in fact, the winners receive their personalized awards by home delivery!
38.One of the most famous scandals in Grammy history happened in 1989, when Jethro Tull won the Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Performance award for their flute-heavy album Crest Of a Knave, ahead of their clear favorites - Metallica with their album “... And Justice For All”. For the sake of fairness, it should be said that the aforementioned Jethro Tull album lacks not only Ian Anderson's flute (who did not even bother to appear at the awards ceremony), but also quite heavy guitar cuts of Martin Barr, who just then entered his "heavy metal" phase ... All this, however, did not really impress the audience, and at the moment the winner was announced, a noticeable humming and whistling was heard from the audience. Their label Chrysalis stood up for Jethro Tull with a congratulatory press release stating that "the flute is a heavy, metal instrument." Metallica has achieved its goal with the release of its famous "Black Album". And although after the 1989 scandal the nomination was divided for "Best Hard Rock Performance" and "Best Metal Performance", Lars Ulrich could not resist joking: "We have to thank Jethro Tull for not releasing an album this year."
39. The youngest Grammy winner is country star LeAnn Rimes, who won the statuette at the tender age of 14. The most mature was the blues pianist Pinetop Perkins: in 2011, when he received a Grammy, he was 97 years old.
40. Barack Obama. Yes, indeed, the now former President of the United States has also been honored with the popular award. True, he did not sing or play anything - he just voiced his own memoirs “Dreams From My Father”. It is also worth noting that at that time, in 2009, he was not yet the president of all America, but just a senator.
41. Bill Clinton. Another president in our selection, Clinton received the coveted statuette in 2005, when he was already an ex-president. It was then that Bill took a direct part in the recording of an interesting project - the recording of the musical fairy tale “Wolf Tracks”, “the sequel
42. Mikhail Gorbachev. Yes, the first and last president of the USSR also owns a Grammy! Together with his American colleague, he took part in the recording of the same project "Peter and the Wolf" Mikhail Sergeevich read the inserts "Entry", "Intermezzo" and "Epilogue" - in Russian. His reading was accompanied by a translation into English.
43.Orson Welles. The iconic actor / director / screenwriter / genius won not one, but three Grammy Awards in the Conversational Album category. And one of them - for the soundtrack to his first and most famous film, Citizen Kane. What can you say here? Talented people are talented in everything.
44. Elmo. Yes, the red hairy creature, so beloved by many fans of the Muppet Show, has received a Grammy not once, but three times! In each case, Elmo shared an honorary award with famous performers (Linda Ronstad, Pete Seeger and They Might Be Giants), but we know whose talent in each case belongs the main merit!
45. Margaret Hillis with their Grammy Awards in 1986.
There are many nominations in the arsenal of the prestigious award, including highly specialized ones, and therefore the list of winners who have collected the largest number of Grammys should perhaps not surprise us so much. Yes, maybe it shouldn't.
46. The Grammy's relationship with rock music (especially British) has always been difficult, as the following examples illustrate.
47. The Beatles. Against the background of the merits of the above performers (including Kanye West), the achievements of the Liverpool Four look very modest - only some 8 awards, the first of which was presented in 1965. Even Foo Fighters have more!
48. The Rolling Stones. The Beatles' eternal rivals were ignored by the Academy for a long time, and were able to pull out their first statuette only in 1986, having received the "pardonable" award for Lifetime Achievement. True, in the 90s they still managed to win several "real" statuettes.
49. Pink Floyd. The rock titans of the 70s received their first and only "gramophone" only in 1995 - for the instrumental "Marooned". Perhaps the most famous album in history, "Dark Side Of The Moon" was awarded a generous nomination for "Best Sound Engineer", but academics felt that the sound of the album still fell short and gave the "Grammy" to other hands.
50. Led Zeppelin. In 1970, the founders of hard rock were nominated for Best New Artist, but to no avail. Since the late 90s, the Academy has consoled itself by introducing the classic albums and compositions of the group, which during its lifetime did not receive its attention, into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The LZ received their first and last "real" Grammy in 2014 for their live reunion album "Celebration Day".
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2022 Grammy Award nominations. A list full of surprises: Barack Obama and ABBA are among the favorites
In a year full of surprises, the Grammy Awards 2022 announced a series of nominations in which the favorite of the year is a jazz pianist. This is Jon Batiste, best known to the public for his role as music director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
If in the past years the list of Grammy nominations, the most prestigious music gala in the world, was dominated by pop, rock or hip-hop artists, this year is a motley mix of musical genres, veteran artists like ABBA, controversial stars like Lil Nas X or one of the most award-winning artists of the last year, Olivia Rodrigo.
Unusual Grammy 2022 nominations are due to the song, artist and album selection procedure. The famous "secret committee" of music industry specialists was replaced by a popular vote of members of The Recording Academy, about 12,000 music industry professionals representing all genres and types of specialists involved, from singers, composers, lyricists, producers. , instrumentalists, mixers and sound engineers.
Jon Batiste is nominated both for the album "We Are" and for the soundtrack of the animation "Soul" released by Disney. The album peaked at number 86 on the Billboard 200 chart of best-selling albums in the United States, indicating that it sold no more than a few hundred copies.
The nominations were announced in a live broadcast featuring Jon Batiste, Billie Eilish, Finneas, H.E.R., BTS, Måneskin, Tayla Parx, Carly Pearce, Nate Bargatze and Tammy Hurt, the director of the Grammy Awards Steering Committee.
In addition to Batiste, the list of nominations is led by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. with 8 nominations each while Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo have 7 nominations each. Behind them are Lil Nas X and Brandi Carlile with 5 nominations each while Bruno Mars and his project "Silk Sonic" which he co-created with Anderson. Paak received 4 nominations.
Jay-Z wrote history by becoming the most nominated artist in the history of the Grammy Awards. This year he received 3 nominations, totaling 82 nominations over his career, with one more than Paul McCartney having 81 nominations.
Also in the surprise category are Barack Obama, nominated for the audio version of the book "A Promised Land" and ABBA who received a mention for the song "I Still Have Faith in You" which marked the return of the Swedish band after 40 years.
The number of nominees in the main categories, nicknamed by music critics "The Big Four" - "Song of the year", "Artist of the Year", "Record of the Year" and "Album of the Year" - has been expanded from 8 to 10. The selection process has undergone many changes in the last year, especially after the scandal of the last edition in which The Weeknd, the most successful artist of the pandemic year 2020, was omitted from all the main categories.
Thus, in the case of the album Justin Bieber - "Justice", nominated for "album of the year'' and 7 other categories, has a list of 200 composers, producers and sound engineers who worked in the process. At the other end is Billie Eilish with the song "Happier Than Ever" which has only 5 people who created the whole album, all the songs being composed by her and her brother, Finneas.
Of the more than 22,000 Grammy-winning pieces of music in the race, some essential materials are missing, which were among the most broadcast on the radio and the most listened to on streaming platforms. Specifically, missing two of the hits of the year created by Dua Lipa, Elton John, Taylor Swift (has a nomination for the album "Evermore" but the songs were ignored), Bad Bunny (has a single nomination with the album "El ultimo tour del world ”) or Coldplay.
Below you will find the nominations for the main categories, on the Grammy.com site you will find the complete list.
List of Nominations for the main categories - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
Record Of The Year - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
“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
Album Of The Year - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
We Are — Jon Batiste
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
Song of the year - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran
A Beautiful Noise – Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile
Drivers License – Olivia Rodrigo
Fight For You – H.E.R.
Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish
Kiss Me More – Doja Cat ft Sza
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
Peaches – Justin Bieber ft Daniel Caesar & Giveon
Leave The Door Open – Silk Sonic
Right On Time – Brandi Carlile
Best New Artist - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
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Best Pop Vocal Album - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
Positions — Ariana Grande
Sour — Olivia Rodrigo
Best Dance/Electronic Recording - 2022 Grammy Award nominations
“Hero” — Afrojack & David Guetta
“Loom” — Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo
“Before” — James Blake
“Heartbreak” — Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
“You Can Do It” — Caribou
“Alive” — Rüfüs Du Sol
“The Business” — Tiësto
Best Alternative Music Album
Shore — Fleet Foxes
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power — Halsey
Jubilee — Japanese Breakfast
Collapsed In Sunbeams — Arlo Parks
Daddy’s Home — St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance
“Lost You” — Snoh Aalegra
“Peaches” — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“Damage” — H.E.R.
“Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic
“Pick Up Your Feelings” — Jazmine Sullivan
Best R&B Song
“Damage” — H.E.R.
“Good Days” — SZA
“Heartbreak Anniversary” — Giveon
“Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic
“Pick Up Your Feelings” — Jazmine Sullivan
Best Rap Performance
“Family Ties” — Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Up” — Cardi B
“M Y . L I F E” — J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray
“Way 2 Sexy” — Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug
“Thot S***” — Megan Thee Stallion
Best Rap Album
The Off Season — J. Cole
Certified Lover Boy — Drake
King’s Disease II — Nas
Call Me If You Get Lost — Tyler, The Creator
Donda — Kanye West
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Aftermath — LeVar Burton
Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis — Don Cheadle
Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago — J. Ivy
8:46 — Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman
A Promised Land — Barack Obama
Best Opera Recording
“Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle” — Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
“Glass: Akhnaten” — The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
“Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen” — London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices
“Little: Soldier Songs” — The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra
“Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites” — The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Best Music Video
“Shot In The Dark” — AC/DC
“Freedom” — Jon Batiste
“I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
“Peaches” — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Lil Nas X
“Good 4 U” — Olivia Rodrigo
Best Music Film
Inside — Bo Burnham
David Byrne’s American Utopia — David Byrne
Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles — Billie Eilish
Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui — Jimi Hendrix
Summer Of Soul — Various Artists