Here’s what you missed at the 2022 Grammys

Anna Claire Edenfield, Culture Reporter

Although there were no celebrities slapping each other at the 2022 Grammys, here’s what you missed at the 64th annual Grammy Awards. 

Trevor Noah kicked off the show with an entertaining speech introducing the top-nominated music artists present by cracking jokes, and even alluding to the iconic Will Smith/Chris Rock slap incident. To close out his opening speech, Noah said “we’re going to be keeping people’s names out of our mouths”, giving the audience a good laugh.

The Grammys introduced two, new award categories this year, including Best Global Music Performance and Best Música Urbana Album. These additions were exciting for most because they added inclusion and representation into the award show. The first winner of the Best Global Music Performance was a Brooklyn-based Pakistani vocalist, Arooj Aftab. Bad Bunny received the first Grammy for Best Música Urbana Album for his album, “El Último Tour del Mundo”.

At 19-years-old, Olivia Rodrigo was nominated for seven Grammys for her hit album, “Sour”. She was awarded three Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best New Artist. Unfortunately, she was only able to bring home two in-tact Grammys after accidentally dropping and breaking one backstage. 

After Taylor Hawkins’s recent death, an in-memoriam video was played to honor his memory. The iconic Foo Fighter song, “My Hero”, played in the background. Hawkins passed away only nine days before the band was set to perform at the 2022 Grammys. 

The other in-memoriam portion of the Grammys were dedicated to legendary composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. Rachel Zegler, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Ben Platt paid tribute to him by performing a medley of iconic Sondheim musical songs.

After SZA and Doja Cat won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Doja Cat nearly missed her on-stage acceptance. This was a first Grammy win for Doja Cat and SZA. She was in the bathroom and started her acceptance speech by saying, “I’ve never taken such a fast piss in my whole life”.