How Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Bad Bunny, Arooj Aftab and More Made History at the 2022 GRAMMYs
There were many memorable moments at GRAMMY 2022, from heartfelt speeches to epic performances. But what those watching at home or in person might not realize is that the 64th GRAMMY Awards also made history in many ways.
Several wins marked many firsts for the GRAMMYs, and a few added to the GRAMMYs legacy. As you think back to all the excitement of the 2022 GRAMMYs, take a look at some of the ways this year’s ceremony was historic.
Rock hits 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 highest-earning performer in the category, as no other artist has won top rock album more than twice. (The Foo Fighters won all three rock GRAMMYs they were nominated for, which came at a bittersweet moment. The band lost its drummer, Taylor HawkinsMarch 25.)
In the category Alternative, 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 house.)
The win made women’s history: 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 Collect the bolt cutters.
Silk Sonic “leaves” its mark
Sonic Silk — the dynamic duo of Bruno Mars and .Anderson Paak — not only swept the 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 the second artist in GRAMMY history to win the coveted award three times – and the first to do so in near 35 years old.
Mars previously won Record Of The Year trophies for his own “24k Magic” in 2018, and his collaboration with Mark Ronson “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 the co-writer D’Mile become the first songwriter in GRAMMY history to win Song of the Year two years in a row. He won in the category last year for HER’s “I Can’t Breathe,” which he wrote with HER and Tiara Thomas.
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An inaugural celebration…
With the addition of two new categories this year, two artists were added to the historic night. bad bunny won the first-ever GRAMMY for the new Best Urban Music Album category for El Ultimo Tour Del Mundoand Arooj Aftab won the first-ever GRAMMY for the new World’s Best Musical Performance category for “Mohabbat”.
…and a historic day for Pakistan
Although now based in Brooklyn, New York, Arooj Aftab grew up in Pakistan. With her victory in the world’s best musical performance, she became the first Pakistani woman to win a GRAMMY. (She was the first Pakistani woman to be appointed for a GRAMMY, and also earned a Best New Artist nod.)
“Making deeply personal, crossover music, in Urdu, and being seen for it…it’s like a breakthrough,” she tweeted after her win.
The current king of the country reigns
Like the Foo Fighters and Silk Sonic, Chris Stapleton swept every category in which it was nominated for 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 Solo Country Performance three times as well.
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 named collab, “Family Ties.” Marking Lamar’s fifth win in the category, it extends his record for most Best Rap Performance wins.
In other GRAMMY Family news, Dhani Harrison – son of fire Beatles george harrison – won the GRAMMY for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for All must pass: 50th anniversary edition. He is the first child of a Beatle to win a GRAMMY.
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A GRAMMY legend continues his legacy
Last but not least, the big Tony Bennett added another golden gramophone to its 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 her 14th win in the category, consolidating her 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.
While he doesn’t have the most wins or nominations of any artist, the 95-year-old’s GRAMMY legacy is still quite remarkable: Tony Bennett has won 19 GRAMMYs and received 41 nominations since 5th ( yes, 5th!) GRAMMY Awards in 1963. Talk about a career for the history books.
Netflix goes GRAMMY Gold
Barlow & Bear – singer-songwriter duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear – and their TikTok sensation Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musical won the GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album. Inspired by the popular Netflix series “Bridgerton,“ the album is the first of a musical based on a TV show to win in the category.
Another Netflix GRAMMY hit 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 is only the second song from a TV show to win in the category, and the first in 20 years. (“Boss of Me” from Malcolm in the Middle’s They Might Be Giants won in 2002.)
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