The Grammys 2022 – highlights, winners and Ukraine’s President

It’s Grammy night in Las Vegas – the first time Sin City has hosted the ceremony in it’s 64-year history – and it’s set to be a sensational night. This year’s show was postponed twice due to Covid and was originally due to take place back in January. But finally it was given the go-ahead to take place just a few weeks ago – and how thrilled we all are that it’s happening. 

Trevor Noah is hosting – and already making gags about that Will Smith Chris Rock Oscars shocker last Sunday (lest we forget, Will Smith stormed the stage and hit Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jaden, yelling ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth). Noah joked tonight at the opening “We’re going to be keeping peoples names out of our mouths tonight.”

Here are the highlights of tonight’s ceremony from the MGM Grand Garden Arena…

The show kicked off with a sensational performance of “777” by Trevor Noah after Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak and Silk Sonic and a rendition of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License,” which is up for Record of the Year.

After a stunning performance of Happier than Ever by Finneas and Billie Eilish – who was wearing a Taylor Hawkins t-shirt in homage to the late Foo Fighters drummer who died on tour last week and was due to perform tonight, Donatella Versace took to the stage!

Best Newcomer was presented by Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion and a surprise appearance from Donatella Versace (both ladies were in matching Versace).

In arguably the most powerful and moving moment of the night, Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky appeared in a pre-recorded message to implore for help for his war-torn country.  He told the Grammy’s audience to “Fill the silence with your music” adding that Ukraine’s musicians are not wearing tuxedos tonight but bomb vests. 

John Legend then performed his new song ‘Free’ and was joined on stage by three female Ukranian artists: singer, Mika Newton, from Burshtyn and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk, from Donbas, who fled her under siege country just days ago. 

Lady Gaga – up for five gongs – performed a tribute to her great friend Tony Bennett who officially retired last year and did not attend. In an emotional performance, Gaga sang “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” to a backdrop video of her and Bennett singing in the background.

Here’s a list of winners highlights from the night…

Record of the year

  • Abba – I Still Have Faith in You
  • Jon Batiste – Freedom
  • Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – I Get a Kick Out Of You
  • Justin Bieber – Peaches (featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • Brandi Carlile – Right On Time
  • Doja Cat – Kiss Me More (feat SZA)
  • Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
  • Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
  • Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open