It is Taylor Swift’s world, and she or he simply permits us to stay in it.
After weeks the place she attracted limitless consideration for her football star boyfriend and a mystifying right-wing campaign towards her, the Grammy Awards put the focus squarely again on her artwork. “Midnights” earned Swift her fourth profession Grammy for album of the 12 months on Sunday, an achievement nobody can match.
It breaks a tie with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Marvel, who every received the honour 3 times.
“For me, the award is the work,” she stated. “All I want to do is keep doing it.”
And she’s going to (extra on that later). Swift was the final instance of an action-packed present the place ladies earned the most important honors and had nearly all of essentially the most memorable performances. Miley Cyrus powerfully belted “Flowers, which won record of the year. Billie Eilish’s ballad from “Barbie,” “What Was I Made For?” was tune of the 12 months for her and co-writer Finneas O’Connell, her brother. Singer-songwriter Victoria Monét is best new artist.
There have been so many riches that rock supergroup boygenius, with Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, received three Grammys and did not even make it onto the CBS portion of the present.
Making the most effective pop vocal solo efficiency the televised present’s first award — the place all 5 nominees have been ladies — was a savvy trace to what was coming.
Bringing the reclusive Tracy Chapman on to duet with nation singer Luke Combs, who had a large hit protecting her “Fast Car” this previous summer time, was spine-tingling. In a pre-taped section main into it, Combs eloquently described what the tune meant to him rising up. Clearly moved, Chapman’s eyes glistened when the group roared as she performed the 1988 tune’s unforgettable guitar riff. She’s stored to the background as Combs introduced the tune to a brand new technology, and selected a smart place to reemerge.
SOME FLOWERS FOR MILEY
To not diss extra elaborately-staged affairs, however there was a sure energy to Cyrus’ efficiency of “Flowers.” It was simply her and the tune, primarily. There was no query she might carry it, and she or he even inserted a few ad-libs: “I just won my first Grammy!” Her acceptance speeches have been filled with character. “I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone,” she stated, after a requisite record of thank-yous, “but I may have forgotten underwear.”
JAY-Z NEVER FORGETS
In accepting the Dr. Dre World Influence Award, Jay-Z proved he has an extended reminiscence. He recalled the instances that rap artists have been outspoken about not getting sufficient consideration from the Grammys commensurate with music gross sales, even boycotting a present — though “they went to a hotel to watch the Grammys,” he stated. “It wasn’t a great boycott.” Jay-Z considers it an injustice that his spouse, Beyoncé, has by no means received album of the 12 months regardless of her astonishing haul of 32 Grammys. “When I get nervous,” he stated, “I tell the truth.”
Joni Mitchell’s return to the stage earned her a Grammy and her efficiency Sunday was one other emotional spotlight. Surrounded by musical buddies like Brandi Carlile, the 80-year-old Mitchell sat in a simple chair that resembled a throne, tapping her cane as she sang “Both Sides Now.” Her voice, which she needed to recuperate after struggling a mind aneurysm, introduced a richness and perspective to the tune that would solely be hinted at within the authentic. Like Chapman, she was visibly moved by the viewers’s reception, betrayed by laughter after she completed.
Let’s be trustworthy, these “in memoriam” tributes to individuals who died up to now 12 months often sign that it is time for a loo break. Not so right here. Stevie Marvel honored Tony Bennett on a chilling “duet” with a filmed Bennett on Marvel’s “For Once in My Life,” then sang Bennett’s “The Best is Yet to Come.” Annie Lennox, saluting Sinead O’Connor, sang “Nothing Compares 2 U,” with two of the late songwriter Prince’s accompanists. And Fantasia Barrino shook the partitions with “Proud Mary” to honor Tina Turner.
The Grammys little doubt meant Billy Joel’s efficiency of his first new tune in 30 years, “Turn the Lights Back On,” to be a giant show-capper. However the Grammys’ earlier three hours have been a tough act to prime.
To the general public, it typically appears that stars arrive all of a sudden, however Monét and SZA supplied charming reminders of all of the exhausting work and goals that go into success. After disarmingly thanking “the champagne servers of tonight,” Monét described the 15-year journey that took her to a finest new artist award. “My roots have been growing underneath the ground for so long — and I feel like today I’m sprouting,” she stated. There was a quick pause earlier than SZA accepted an award for finest R&B tune, since she was altering backstage. However she was overwhelmed after recalling, with the trophy offered by Lizzo, the times a decade in the past once they opened exhibits in small golf equipment. She hustled offstage when the tears flowed. “I’m not an attractive crier,” she stated.
Sure, we perceive that artists are at all times looking out to advertise their work. However when Swift took time in accepting an award to announce that her new album would come out in April, and stated she would share cowl artwork on social media, it felt … low cost. Like she was hijacking the occasion for her personal functions, with information she knew would overshadow a lot of what was taking place. U2, beamed in from a live performance at their Las Vegas residency, felt like they have been selling an area as a substitute of their very own work, misplaced as they have been within the razzle-dazzle. Two forgettable moments for 2 large stars.
Props to Trevor Noah for his job as host. His enthusiasm for the music world can appear pet dog-like, but it surely beats insult comics and ironists Opening the present from the sector’s ground, strolling round to level out the celebrities, Noah constructed spirit for folks there and at house alike. He bought in some good strains, too, like when he famous Common Music was removing its artists from TikTok. “How dare you rip off all the artists,” he stated. “Shame on you. That’s Spotify’s job.” As Swift arrived late, he stated that as she walked within the room, “the economy around these tables improve. Lionel Richie becomes Lionel Wealthy.”
In contrast to her glares that torpedoed Jo Koy at the Golden Globes, Swift seemed to be having fun with Noah.
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