The highs and lows of the biggest night in music
Although nothing will ever top last year’s Harry Styles and Taylor Swift reunion, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards was still a night to remember.
The stars came, they gave and they got; some more so than others, of course.
Olivia Rodrigo became a first-time Grammy winner, securing three wins from the five categories she was nominated in, including Best New Artist.
Previous Best New Artist winners Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion presented a radiant and teary-eyed Rodrigo this year’s award.
Can anyone say they’re surprised after the death-grip “Driver's License” had on us all last year?
Silk Sonic duo, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak grooved giddily onto the stage, their song “Leave the Door Open” being the key to a clean sweep which included two of the big four categories, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Billie Eilish sang the hit “Happier Than Ever” in an upside-down room that probably made insane people (like me) think of “Harry’s House” the moment they saw it– currently crossing my fingers the two gift us a Coachella collab, but I digress.
With water up to her ankles and wearing a t-shirt with the face of the late drummer of the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, Eilish poured her heart out on the Grammy’s stage.
However, Eilish didn’t pick up a single trophy at this year’s ceremony, regardless of “Happier than Ever” being a crowd favorite.
Jack Antonoff was finally recognized for his masterful production skills, being named Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. And if you weren’t consistently scrolling through Twitter, obsessing over everyone’s hot takes, you may have gotten a glimpse of Antonoff and Margaret Qualley canoodling in the background– I’m here for it!
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow performed “Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X lighting up the stage and Jack (I feel like he’d be OK with me calling him Jack) making us all feel the way that he so effortlessly does.
Unfortunately, much like Eilish, Lil Nas X was nominated in several categories, including Album of the Year, but went home with not a single golden gramophone, even with “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” on his side. The devil works hard but the Recording Academy works harder.
Lady Gaga was gleaming as usual in a whimsical seafoam-colored dress as she sang from her and Tony Bennett’s album “Love for Sale,” which won Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Gaga fluffed a crutch-carrying SZA’s dress, who was the perfect image of glam and camp as she limped onto the stage to accept her award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Kiss Me More.”
Doja Cat hurried to accept the award alongside her after a poorly-timed bathroom break, which was just so Doja Cat.
Finally, Jon Batiste’s “We Are” was given the highly sought-after title of Album of the Year.
You may notice there’s not much mention of dress in this article and well, that’s because I was taught if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all! But let’s put it this way: no one was truly giving what needed to be gave.
But hey, regardless of a flurry of fashion flops, at least there was no repeat of slapgate from The Oscars.
And don’t think I forgot about when Kim Taehyung of BTS included Rodrigo during the group’s performance of “Butter.” That moment was more than enough to coin the night a success.
Jillian Rodriguez is an Online Writerat Rowdy Magazine. You can find her sitting in her bedroom under a mirrorball listening to Taylor Swift, sipping iced coffee, and contemplating which seemingly mundane moments of life to add to her many drafts; maybe you’ll show up in her writing one day. You can reach her at @jillygabrielle on Instagram for more info.