The 35-year-old musician was the big winner at theceremony held on Sunday (03.04.22) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – which was hosted by comedian Trevor Noah – including Album of the Year for his 2021 smash ‘We Are’ as he claimed that music is a “spiritual experience” for him.
He said: “I love music, I’ve been playing since I was a little boy. It’s more than entertainment for me, it’s a spiritual practice.”
The ‘I Need You’ singer – who fought off stiff competition from the likes of Doja Cat, Lady Gaga and Olivia Rodrigo for the prestigious award – also won for his song ‘Cry’, the video for ‘Freedom’ and for his work composing with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack for ‘Soul.’
Hot on his heels were R B supergroup Silk Sonic which comprises ‘Marry You’ hitmaker Bruno Mars and rapper Anderson .Paak who took home four Grammys for their efforts over the last year in music.
The duo received Record of the Year for their 2021 debut ‘Leave the Door Open’, just hours after scooping up the gong for Song of the Year at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards and by the end joked that they were “trying hard” to be humble.
Things took a sombre turn when Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an appearance via a pre-recorded video message and told viewers that music should be the “opposite of war” as he longed for his country to be free of the conflict brought on by the Russian invasion.
He said: “The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence. 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.”
Rock band the Foo Fighters won three awards but were not in attendance to collect the trophies following the death of Taylor Hawkins but the show’s In Memorium segment opened with an extended tribute to the drummer – who was found dead aged 50 at the end of last month after reportedly suffering cardiovascular collapse and pop star Billie Eilish wore a t-shirt with his face on it in tribute as she performed ‘Happier Than Ever’.
The section also honoured other late stars such as Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Meat Loaf and his collaborator Jim Steinman and paid tribute to musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim with a performance of some of his iconic showtunes.
Pop star Olivia Rodrigo led the performances of the night, opening the show with an elaborately staged version of her viral hit ‘drivers license’ and when she was named Best New Artist claimed that her “biggest dream” had come true.
Other performance highlights included Silk Sonic’s performance of ‘777’ just before their first big win, ‘American Idol’ winner Carrie Underwood’s debut of new song ‘Ghost Story’ and Lady Gaga, who took to the stage to perform jazz number ‘Love For Sale’ without co-star Tony Bennett, who was not able to attend due to ill health.