The Recording Academy presents: The 65th Grammy Awards


Singer Lizzo accepts her award for “Record of the Year,” attributed to her hit song, “About Damn Time,” Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy.

On Feb. 5 the Recording Academy presented its 65th Grammy Awards. Hosted by former “The Daily Show” host and South African-born comedian Trevor Noah, the Grammys is a night of recognition and celebration for individuals and groups dedicated to the growth of music and the music industry. Held at Arena in downtown Los Angeles, the Grammy Awards are a hub for the music industry’s biggest and brightest to celebrate music in all its forms and genres.

From the announcement of the Grammy nominees to the night of the actual show, The Grammy Awards was a night of history-making nominations, wins and events. Viola Davis earned EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) status for her win for the best audiobook, narration and storytelling recording for her memoir, “Finding Me.” Beyoncé broke the record for most Grammy wins with 32 wins, a record previously held by Hungarian conductor, Georg Solti and she tied with her husband Jay-Z for most Grammy nominations with 88 nominations. Kim Petras made history as the first transgender woman to win a Grammy for her category. The Recording Academy honored Dr. Dre for his global outreach projects with an award category dedicated to him called the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. Country singers Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde became the first woman duo to ever win best country duo/group performance. American film composer Germaine Franco became the first woman of color to win best score soundtrack for visual media for her work on the award-winning Disney animated movie, “Encanto.” The Recording Academy also celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip hop with a grand hip hop medley featuring artists like LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Ice-T, Missy Elliott, Nelly, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert and more. The Grammys was a huge night for many marginalized communities as they were celebrated by the artists that represented them.

Jazz singer Samara Joy holds her awards for "Best New Artist" and "Best Jazz Vocal Album," Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy.
Jazz singer Samara Joy holds her awards for “Best New Artist” and “Best Jazz Vocal Album,” Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy.

Although the Grammys featured a lot of amazing performances and felt like a music festival, it was still a night of awards. Here are a few of the award categories, presenters, nominees and winners.

  • Best New Artist– Presented by 2021 Best New Artist winner Olivia Rodrigo, the category celebrates artists that notably impact music through their debut. The nominees were Anitta, Omar Apollo, DOMi & JD Beck, Muni Long, Samara Joy, Latto, Måneskin, Tobe Nwigwe, Molly Tuttle and Wet Leg. Jazz Singer Samara Joy won the award.
  • Record of the Year– Presented by British singer-songwriter Chris Martin, the category celebrates the musical composition and its uniqueness. The nominees were “Don’t Shut Me Down” by ABBA, “Easy on Me” by Adele, “BREAK MY SOUL” by Beyoncé, “Good Morning Gorgeous” by Mary J. Blige, “You and Me on The Rock” by Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius, “Woman” by Doja Cat, “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy, “The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar, “About Damn Time” by Lizzo and “As It Was” by Harry Styles. Michigan-born singer Lizzo took home the award.
  • Song of the Year– Presented by first lady Jill Biden, the category celebrates the power of lyricism and how influential it can be. The nominees were “abcdefu” by GAYLE, “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” by Taylor Swift, “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy, “BREAK MY SOUL” by Beyoncé, “Easy On Me” by Adele, “GOD DID” by DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy, “The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar and “Just Like That” by Bonnie Raitt. Blues singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt took home the award.
  • Album of the Year– Presented by Trevor Noah and the fans of the artists of the category, this award celebrates the best album of 2022. The nominees were “Voyage” by ABBA, “30” by Adele, “Un Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny, “RENAISSANCE” by Beyoncé, “Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe)” by Mary J Blige, “In These Silent Days” by Brandi Carlile, “Music of the Spheres” by Coldplay, “Mr Morale and The Big Steppers” by Kendrick Lamar, “Special” by Lizzo and “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles. British singer-songwriter and actor Harry Styles took home the award.

Regardless of the “controversies” circulating the internet in regard to the decisions of the Recording Academy, the Grammys made for a fun and inspiring night. It paid homage not just to music but to the marginalized groups that created the genres that we know and love today.

British singer-songwriter Harry Styles won the Grammy award for "Album of the Year" with his album, “Harry’s House,” Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy.
British singer-songwriter Harry Styles won the Grammy award for “Album of the Year” with his album, “Harry’s House,” Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy.