The Grammys 2022 award ceremony, held in Las Vegas Nevada, had more high notes than lows. The music industry's biggest night had it all, from unexpected duets, heartbreaking political statements, and the one and only Donatella Versace.
Although award ceremonies are a tribute to the best in the industry they celebrate, they're also an opportunity for the greater good. This year's most hard-hitting moment was undoubtedly Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's powerful speech at the Grammys.
As well as this moving moment, viewers were moved to tears by tributes to artists who we sadly lost in the last year. This included an unforgettable musical medley for Stephen Sondheim and Billie Eilish bringing the house (upside)down in memory of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The Grammys 2022 proved to be headline-grabbing for all the right reasons—which is a stark contrast to its film-focused equivalent. Following what happened at the Oscars, this award ceremony proved the perfect night of entertainment and celebration.
Here's the lowdown on the best bits.
Ukrainian President Zelensky's incredible message
As the world looks on in horror, wondering how to help the people of Ukraine, their President's message was a rousing call to action.
Zelensky's powerful speech at the Grammys, to a gobsmacked audience, referred to the ongoing war as, 'opposite to music.' Referencing the horrors of the conflict, the tragic losses of his fellow country people he paid special attention to the children of Ukraine.
He said, "Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children have been injured and 153 children died. And we'll never see them drawing.”
After his speech, John Legend and three Ukrainian performers performed a tribute to the country and its people. Mika Newton sang, Siuzanna Iglidan played a traditional instrument called the bandura, while Ukrainian poet, Lyuba Yakimchu read one of her poems. Lyuba, who escaped Ukraine merely days before the performance, and her words left the audience in awe.
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Donatella Versace's awkward fashion faux pas
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Of all the worst case scenarios in the world of fashion, two people wearing the same dress is just about the worst. So imagine the utter horror of musical divas Dua Lipa and Megan The Stallion walking on stage in matching Versace gowns?
If all of this sounds stranger than fiction, don't be fooled, it was in fact a bit. Megan joked, “you stole my look,” to which Dua responded, “well, I was told I had the exclusive....”
Luckily, the one and only Donatella was there to come on stage and adjust Megan's outfit right there and then.
The two leading female artists were recreating an iconic moment from the 1998 VMAs where Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston similarly rocked up in the same gowns and adjusted them live on stage.
Stephen Sondheim tribute
Icons of Broadway Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and West Side Story star Rachel Zegler performed a medley of the late Grammy-winning composer's classics.
As the brains behind some of the most beloved musicals in history—including West Side Story, Gypsy, and Sweeny Todd—his loss was an enormous blow to the industry.
Luckily, his emotional and moving music proved the perfect tribute and brought everyone to tears.
Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt introducing Brandi Carlile's performance
Brandi Carlile made history as the first-ever female artist ever to be nominated for two song of the year Grammys in the same year.
She was introduced by two of her music 'mentors,' the legendary Joni and Bonnie, for her performance of Right on Time.
Brandi's outfit also hit the headlines as she revealed that her jacket alone weighed 40lbs!
Lady Gaga helps SZA out
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Climbing up those steps in a gown and heels to accept your award is stressful enough, but imagine doing that with an injured leg? Artist SZA hilariously admitted that she fell out of bed the day before the event, reports Billboard, which is why she was on crutches.
However, she wasn't going to let that ruin her party and while she was struggling to get up on the stage, ultimate gal's gal Lady Gaga helped her out.
This was only a week after Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli's emotional Oscars hosting, which goes to show that the Bad Romance singer is dedicated to helping her fellow artists out no matter what.
Lil Nas X acknowledges his 'haters'
Lil Nas X is one of the most popular artists of today, with his songs among the most-streamed in Spotify's history. The artist has smashed through countless ceilings, fighting homophobia and racism towards him as a Black gay male rapper and country musician.
Sadly, despite his success and talent, his daily fight continues and After performing Dead Right Now, he left the stage while a video montage showed the hatred he received after his video for Montero (Call Me by Your Name) was released.
Just to let those haters know that he doesn't give a damn what they think, he then took to the stage to perform the hit live.
Jon Batiste wins big with 5 awards
Jon Batiste was the most nominated with 11 nominations and took home five Grammys, including album of the year for, We Are, and his performance of hit song Freedom was one of the most high energy of the night.
Billie Eilish celebrates the life of rock legend
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Well, we've all heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve but Billie chose to wear it slap bang in the middle of her teeshirt instead.
The megastar wore a teeshirt featuring a photo of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died aged 50 a month before the show, while performing her hit song Happier Than Ever.
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