2022 Grammy’s Reaction

Story posted April 22, 2022 in Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department.

The Arts & Entertainment give their honest opinion of the annual music event, the Grammy’s, and analyze the results.

The 2022 Grammy Awards were honestly somewhat predictable. Although there were a few unexpected snubs, most of the winners were unsurprising, but they were exciting nonetheless.

Olivia Rodrigo winning three Grammys was, although a highlight, expected despite how young she is.

Both Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X were seemingly snubbed. Lil Nas X, who also gave a great performance at the Grammys, didn’t win any of the five awards he was nominated for, which seems ridiculous.

Eilish was nominated for seven awards and didn’t win any. This is a stark contrast to previous years, as she’s won seven Grammys in just the last two years.

Perhaps the most contested award every year is for Album of the Year, and this year was no different. This is the award that most people find hardest to predict, but Jon Batiste’s win for his album “We Are” was entirely deserved, even though he went up against some very stiff competition. – Izzy Charboneau

Silk Sonic Goes Four for Four in all Categories Nominated:

Who knew that Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak would dominate award season? Their debut album was not eligible for this year's show because of how late it came out, but their single “Leave the Door Open” cleaned house.

It won, “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Best R&B Song,” and “Best R&B Performance.” Memes have already been generated by the duo celebrating their last award of the night, especially because of . Paak’s goofy wig.

Needless to say, it was predicted that they were going to be successful, but no one truly knew that they were going to be that successful. The duo has proven that they are both a critical and commercial hit, so it may be a little too early to say but, the people deserve a follow-up album.

Kanye West Wins Two Awards for “Hurricane” and “Jail”

In late 2020, Kanye West released a video with the accompanying caption “Trust me… I WON’T STOP.” What were the contents of the video? Oh, it was just him urinating on one of his Grammy awards in the toilet.

So it was a bit shocking when it was revealed that he was nominated four times for his work on his tenth studio album, “Donda.” He won “Best Melodic Rap Performance” for “Hurricane,” and “Best Rap Song” for “Jail.”

He was also nominated for “Best Rap Album” and “Album of the Year.”

The “Hurricane” win is peculiar since The Weeknd is featured on it. After he was snubbed for “After Hours” last year, he vowed to permanently boycott the awards along with the likes of Drake and Eminem. Perhaps he will urinate on his award as well.

Tyler the Creator Wins “Rap Album of the Year” Again

It was a pretty big deal in 2020 when Tyler the Creator won his first Grammy 2020 for “IGOR,” after his controversial career. However, many people were critical of this nomination and win as the album truly isn’t a rap album, it mostly is a combination of R&B and neo-soul.

However, with the win of 2021’s “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” fans were finally satisfied as this is more fitting for the category.

This win also proved that Tyler can compete with the greats. He beat out Kanye West, J. Cole, and Nas, arguably some of the best rappers of all time.

Tyler has grown tremendously over his decade-plus-long career, and it wouldn’t be surprising if people saw him again and again at these award shows.

Foo Fighters go Three for Three in all Categories Nominated:

After the recent loss of drummer Taylor Hawkins, it seemed like a dark time for the band. Although these wins can not make up for the loss of life, it is at least a small bit gratifying knowing that Hawkin’s work was looked upon positively by the Recording Academy.

The Foo Fighters were also supposed to perform at the award show but obviously could not do so. They have a special moment for Hawkins before the in memoriam section of the show.

Arguably, the “rock” section for this year’s award show was weaker than usual. It was made apparent that the Academy just chose the biggest names out there instead of the highest quality acts. It also can be seen that rock is aging heavily, with Paul McCartney and AC/DC receiving nominations.

Overall, it was nice to see the Foos win, but it truly is time for some fresh faces to be thrown in the mix. - Caelan Chevrier

The 2022 Grammy Awards had very few shocking wins, but this year didn’t have many clear favorites in major categories, making for an exciting night.

The most obvious win of the night went to Olivia Rodrigo with Best New Artist. Few artists have had as dominant of a debut as Rodrigo.

This win, along with Best Pop Vocal Album for “SOUR” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Driver’s License,” feel deserved.

Silk Sonics' clean sweep with “Leave the Door Open” also felt highly deserved. Both Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak have been mainstays in the industry and are entitled to these accolades.

The Album of the Year winner “We Are” caught many off guard, but this category had no predicted favorite. Jon Batiste's work was a suitable winner.

It was upsetting to see Lil Nas X walk home empty-handed, considering his five nominations. “MONTERO” was remarkable and should’ve received more than just nominations from the academy.

The 2022 Grammys were a typical award show compared to the Sunday before. It was refreshing to see the multitude of praiseworthy musicians celebrated. - Sophia D’Ovidio

Izzy Charboneau is a first-year student majoring in journalism. To contact her, email ijc5186@psu.edu.

Caelan Chevrier is a second-year majoring in journalism. To contact him, email cjc6789@psu.edu. 

Sophia D’Ovidio is a first-year majoring in communications. To contact her, email sgd5184@psu.edu.

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Caelan Chevrier is a third-year student in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University studying marketing and broadcast journalism with the goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in four years. His career goal is to spread informative, meaningful, and entertaining content across various platforms and to be a positive impact on the community. He has also spent time working at WWE in the communications department and writing for The Westport Local Press in his hometown of Westport, CT. If you’d like to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sophia D’Ovidio is a first-year from Allentown, New Jersey. She is now a communications (undecided) major at Penn State University. Sophia intends on pursuing a career in journalism. Sophia writes for the CommRadio Arts department.