Grammy night is over!
After a scaled-down, COVID-safe private ceremony last year and an Omicron-inspired postponement of the show’s original date this year, the industry came out in full force for the 64th annual Grammy Awards. Held in Las Vegas for the first time, billboard was positioned on the red carpet, backstage in the media room and in the audience to bring you all the news behind this year’s television show. (All times in PT.)
Midday: Press, publicists and other backstage personnel begin registering for the Grammy premiere ceremony. From the media center, Billie Eilish can be faintly heard rehearsing “Happier Than Ever,” which was nominated for both Record and Song of the Year.
12:38 p.m.: A performance of “Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone will open the pre-show ceremony, which will be performed by some of the show’s nominees, including Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, jazz artist Nnenna Freelon and folk singer Madison Cunningham.
13 o’clock: In the Soundtrack category, with the highest score for visual media, the Grammys encounter a rare tie Queen’s Gambit and soul both take home awards. This was the first award of the day for this year’s most nominated musician, Jon Batiste.
1:15 p.m.: The creators of the TikTok phenomenon The unofficial Bridgerton musical come backstage to speak to reporters about their project’s unlikely success based on popularity Netflix Show. “We love taking stories that already exist,” said Abigail. “You inspire us. We can’t tell you too much, but keep an eye out for more,” she says, teasing a potential new customization project.
1:35 p.m.: Chris Stapleton Wins First Country Music Award: Best Country Solo Performance. Stapleton wears a straw cowboy hat and makes his way onto the stage to accept his award from host Arlo Parks. He says that although “it says it’s a solo performance, it’s not. All of my producers and engineers are the ones who make this possible. … I’m shocked every time I get something like this.”
1:50 p.m.: Justin Bieber can be heard backstage doing one final run of “Peaches” ahead of tonight’s event.
2:04 p.m.: Los Lobos singer Cesar Rosas stops by the media room to answer questions about his band’s winning for Best Americana Album Native sons. “The record was our love letter to the city of Los Angeles. It has inspired us since we were young.”
2:22 p.m.: Joni Mitchell, who comes on stage with a cane and the help of her physical therapist, makes a surprise appearance at the pre-tel show to collect the Best Historical Album award. “I wasn’t expecting that!” says the winning singer, songwriter and visual artist for Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). “Oh everyone at Rhino for making the package so beautiful. Thank you.” On Friday, Mitchell was recognized as the Recording Academy MusiCares Person of the Year for lifetime achievement.
2:32 p.m.: Jon Batiste dances onto the stage in a sequined silver and yellow suit to accept his award for Best Music Video. “I hope… every attachment and darkness in your life would turn into joy,” he says while watching his music video.
2:37 p.m.: The members of RÜFÜS DU SOL come backstage to talk about their win for Best Dance/Electronic Recording. “We love a lot of the artists in this category: James Blake, Bonobo… The Seconds Before [winning] felt like an eternity. We are still shocked.”
3:40 p.m.: The audience gasps as host Jimmy Jam announces the second tie of the day for Best R&B Performance, with Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” and Jazmine Sullivan’s “Pick Up Your Feelings” both taking home the award .
3:59 p.m.: After missing the announcement at the ceremony, St. Vincent comes backstage to talk about her second win for Best Alternative Album, e.g Dad is at home. “I found out I won when I was on the red carpet and Jack [Antonoff, who produced the album] she just won too!” she says (more on that below). When asked what it’s like to win multiple times in a typically male-dominated category, St. Vincent says, “In 2015 I was the first artist in 20 years to win… great women nominated, whether it’s Fiona Apple or Japanese Breakfast. I’m glad to know that times are changing.”
4:15 p.m.: Jack Antonoff, winner of Non-Classical Producer of the Year, comes backstage, clearly stunned by the win. Known for his prolific work producing for Taylor Swift, Clairo, Lorde, St. Vincent and more, Antonoff explained that he chooses his projects based on a “feeling in my gut”…including the literal stuff, of course. You have to love what someone does, you have to love their voice, their timbre, the way they write, the way they think.”
4:23 p.m.: Lucky Daye, fresh off his win for Best Progressive R&B Album for table for twoShe bursts into tears while chatting with reporters backstage. “I really put my life in this shit. The obstacles I’ve encountered… It’s overwhelming. But I feel good. I feel alive.” He also addresses the impact growing up in New Orleans has had on his work, calling it a “gumbo pot of influences.”
4:34 p.m.: The Brothers Osborne duo do backstage a few hours after their Grammy win. TJ Osborne, who came out as gay in 2021, spoke about what it was like to see the reaction from fans to his story. “I felt this incredible hug … Especially seeing the crowd when we come out and performing, seeing people who feel like they’re who they are.”
5:24 p.m.: The press room is clearly impressed by Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” win for Song of the Year, which many believed would go to Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License”.
6:20 p.m.: Bonnie Riatt is the first artist on the show to come backstage to speak to the press. Raitt, who received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, is asked about the female artists she loves on the scene today and visiting the billboard Women in Music event featuring many of today’s A-list female musicians. “I’ve never seen a better group of new artists. I mean across all genres. I think women go for it… Like Olivia, Taylor, Billie Eilish, Adele. I mean, most artists, male and female, really come out with a lot more good legal advice and self-control over their own careers, which I think is really great.” She adds, “I’m so blown away by so much more awareness and savvy artists now. “
6:43 p.m.: Baby Keem celebrates his win for Best Rap Performance for “Family Ties”. Entering the press room, the rapper says everyone is smiling, the first thing he wants to do is “just talk to my family. I couldn’t have imagined that five years ago. I’m sure it’s just as surprising to them as it is to me.” As a Las Vegas artist, where Keem won his first Grammy, the only time the awards show was held in Sin City, “it feels like a kind magic on. It doesn’t even feel real, you know? To hold this award in the city I grew up in and it’s so important to the city it means a lot so I’m going to take that very seriously.”
6:55 p.m.: After winning multiple Grammys, Chris Stapleton does a lap of honor backstage. “It’s a fantastic feeling. That’s a lot of what we do it for. Being together in a space where everyone can somehow be together… It certainly hasn’t gotten old. You certainly gain appreciation for what you have lost… communion.”
7:16 p.m.: Jazmine Sullivan – fresh from her wins for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album – enters the press room to talk about the experience. “I’ve never done it, I don’t know What I do,” she laughs. The singer has been nominated a total of 15 times, but tonight it was her first two wins. Sullivan tells reporters she’d like to “make a movie” based on her now-Grammy-winning album Heaux stories. “I spoke to Issa Rae about it. She’s very busy though, so hopefully we can jump in and start throwing around some ideas because, like I said, the idea of Heaux stories Is so big. [A film] could go down so many different paths, and I’d love to get into that field next.”
8:08 p.m.: The entire press room lets out a collective “Wow” when it’s announced that Silk Sonic wins Record of the Year.
8:25 p.m.: Another shock to the press room with Jon Batiste winning Album of the Year. Most assumed Olivia Rodrigo would do better in the Big Four categories, but only one of her three wins – Best New Artist – came from those grand prizes.
8:27 p.m.: When Best Roots/Gospel Album winner Carrie Underwood is asked what it means to win for her album My savior, she immediately starts crying. “This is one of the most important works I’ve ever been a part of. It’s one thing I’ve literally wanted to do my entire career. I wanted to make this album and I did it and it just means the world to me.”
8:32 p.m.: SZA comes into the press room to discuss her win on Kiss Me More and the next steps for her music. When asked if her much-anticipated next album will be ready anytime soon, she reveals, “Yes…it is probably my most unisex Project still, if that power Sense. It’s for everyone.” And what did you like about working with Doja Cat on the recently Grammy-winning Kiss Me More? “She’s a star … I think she’s so masterful … I was just able to learn from her.” SZA also explained what happened to her ankle, which left her on crutches for the ceremony, saying that the day before had fallen out of bed. She laughed, “Everything great in my life has always come with something very random.” She hobbles out of the room with a big smile, wishes everyone the best and says, “You all remain blessed!”
8:40 p.m: After winning five awards including Album of the Year, Jon Batiste comes backstage to talk about the big day. “I really don’t do it for the awards,” he explains. “I really think music is something so subjective… but it was such a moment because it came full circle [Lenny and I] played together when I was 16. So it just felt surreal.” With his sensational, high-energy performance of “Freedom,” he says, “My focus was to really give healing and bring some joy to the world, some good old black joy.” He adds that he was “not ready” to win the Album of the Year trophy because of his focus on the performance and his family members in the audience.
8:58 p.m.: HER rolls in after the ceremony in a stunning sequined indigo suit and gushes about performing with Lenny Kravitz: “I felt like it in order to have fun. I watched Lenny grow up playing with Prince. I would literally study all of his videos of his performances and he is one of the reasons why he wanted to play guitar to come full circle and perform with this moment. I couldn’t find the words.”
https://www.billboard.com/music/awards/backstage-2022-grammys-behind-the-scenes-1235054022/ What You Didn’t See on TV – Billboard