Grammys 2022 highlights: BTS 'flirting' with Olivia Rodrigo, speech from Zelensky and Foo Fighters make history
The biggest music artists descended on Las Vegas for the 2022 Grammys ceremony, hosted by Trevor Noah.
A night filled with the biggest hit songs from the past year, and some nostalgic moments, artist Jon Batiste ended up taking home the most prestigious award of the night, album of the year, for "We Are," going into the event with 11 nominations.
If you didn't stay up to watch the 3.5 hour event, here is what you missed.
Ukraine President sends a video message
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a video statement during the Grammys.
Here’s Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address at the #GRAMMYs: pic.twitter.com/taics5THWH
— Consequence (@consequence) April 4, 2022
"What is more opposite to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people. Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars," Zelensky said in his pre-recorded address. "Our musicians wear body armour instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even to those who can't hear them."
"But the music will break through anyway. We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound. On our land, we are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today. To tell our story... To all our cities the war is destroying, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Volnovakha, Mariupol and others, they are legends already but I have a dream of them living, and free. Free like you on the Grammy stage."
Following his speech, John Legend took to the stage with Ukrainian singer Mika Newtown and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.
“I have a dream of them living, free like you on the Grammy stage.”
Wow. Zelensky. Just wow.
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Well that was a moment.
Zelensky, on the silence after shelling, said to the Grammy audience
"Fill the silence with your music."
Mika, in blue, has a sister who is a soldier fighting for Ukraine. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/7L74hBG0tS
— Holly Houston (@hollygolawly) April 4, 2022
Olivia Rodgrigo, V from BTS 'flirt'
Worldwide superstars BTS performed at the Grammys on Sunday, but fans loved seeing one particular moment in their performance, an appearance from Olivia Rodrigo.
.@oliviarodrigo makes an appearance in @BTS_twt's #GRAMMYs performance of #BTS_Butter pic.twitter.com/yVUmbINreb
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) April 4, 2022
At the beginning of performing the song "Butter," V (Kim Taehyung) was seated next to Rodrigo, whispering secrets in her ear.
BTS and Rodrigo fans couldn't get enough of the moment on social media, reacting to V "flirting" with the "Good 4 U" singer.
OH MY GOD BTS AND OLIVIA RODRIGO THE DUO I DIDNT KNOW I NEEDED pic.twitter.com/96b6KRfhYP
— justin (@beersbruises) April 4, 2022
KIM TAEHYUNG AND OLIVIA RODRIGO. Taehyung flirting at it's peak tonight! YOU SLAYED THERE DUDE!!!
BTS BTS BTS #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/LPATKc7lkL
— vmin's sister ♡ (@_vmin_1995) April 4, 2022
Ok wtf Kim Taehyung is flirting with @oliviarodrigo i cant with my life rn😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
I need to breathe!!!!!!!!! #BTS #BTSARMY #Grammy pic.twitter.com/o2xKHAhv8U
— jui dighe (@jk_dighe) April 4, 2022
Rodrigo went on to win Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist and and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Foo Fighters make history
The Grammys honoured the late Foo Fighters band member Taylor Hawkins.
"So this was the moment in the show when I was supposed to be introducing the Foo Fighters," host Trevor Noah said during the event. "We would have been celebrating with them as they won three Grammy Awards earlier today, but they are, of course, not here because of the tragic passing of their legendary drummer Taylor Hawkins."
"Our thoughts go out to Taylor's family, his friends, the Foo Fighter family and all of their fans around the globe."
The Foo Fighters now have the most Grammys awarded to an American band, 15 in total.
#BillieEilish wore a shirt in honor of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins at the #GRAMMYs 😭 pic.twitter.com/sQlYXxwQbU
— InStyle (@InStyle) April 4, 2022
Billie Eilish also wore a shirt with Hawkins' face to perform at the Grammys, as a tribute to the late drummer.
The In Memoriam segment of the ceremony started with Hawkins, transitioning to a tribute to Stephen Sondheim, performed by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Rachel Zegler and Ben Platt.
I just cried for 8min straight watching the Taylor Hawkins tribute and the in memoriam Sondheim tribute by Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, @leslieodomjr, & @rachelzegler on the Grammys. That was so touching. Wow.#GRAMMYs #TaylorHawkins #inmemoriam #GrammyAwards #sondheim #FooFighters
— Jessica Stell (@MusicalJ21) April 4, 2022
Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion recreate iconic Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston moment
Grammys fans will likely remember the Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston moment in 1998, when the two divas came out in the same brown dress. Each of them said they were told the dress was one-of-a-kind, before they ripped off the bottom of the dresses to differentiate them.
Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion recreated Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s iconic VMAs dress moment. pic.twitter.com/aRinAZIr8m
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This year, Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion recreated the moment in matching black and gold Versace dresses, but this time, the artists called Donatella herself up to the stage to fix the matching dress problem.
Doja Cat gives the best acceptance speech
Doja Cat had a moment we can all relate to at the Grammys, almost missing the presentation of her award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Sza, because she had to use the bathroom.
This #Grammys clip has it all:
-Doja Cat & SZA winning for pop duo performance
-Lady Gaga helping SZA with the train of her dress
-Doja Cat running from the bathroom to accept the award
-BTS & Olivia Rodrigo
-Doja getting emotionalhttps://t.co/rjX2S54hkr pic.twitter.com/R82aAyhwH6
— Variety (@Variety) April 4, 2022
"I have never taken such a fast piss in my whole life," she started off her acceptance speech after running up to the stage.
Doja Cat then got emotional, saying that winning the award is a "big deal," after praising her award-winning counterpart Sza as "the epitome of talent."
Will Smith, Chris Rock jokes continue
After the fiasco that was the Oscars Will Smith, Chris Rock slap debacle, Grammys host Trevor Noah wasted no time bringing up the controversial incident from just a week earlier.
“We’re gonna be keeping people’s names out of our mouths.”
— Host Trevor Noah alludes to Will Smith at the #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/BXxM2iPPO9
— The Recount Alt (@therecountalt) April 4, 2022
“We’re going to be keeping people's names out of our mouths,” Noah said to laughs at the start of the show.
Shortly following, Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) presented the award for Song of the Year. With everyone largely in agreement that his Oscar win last week was overshadowed by the Academy Awards slap, he also addressed the moment on stage.
“I’m going to present this award and I trust that you people will stay 500 feet away from me,” Questlove said.
The references to Smith and Rock also occurred earlier on Sunday during a webcast where many of the Grammy Awards were actually handed out.
"I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian, if you know what I mean," LeVar Burton said at the event. "So I need to caution everybody, remain in your seats and keep you hands to yourself."
Comedian Nate Bargatze then stepped out onto the stage, wearing a helmet.
"They said comedians had to wear these now at awards shows during the joke parts," Bargatze said. "It doesn’t even cover your face, I think it just focuses where you would hit me."