None of the Dutch nominees managed to cash in on a nomination at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Djs Tiësto and Afrojack both had a chance to win the Grammy for the best dance record, composer Louis Andriessen, who died in July, had a posthumous chance at a Grammy in the contemporary classical composition category.
Andriessen was considered one of the most influential post-war composers of his generation and was nominated with the album Louis Andriessen: The Only One, his penultimate composition. The work, played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, fell short of Shaw: Narrow Sea by American composer and singer Caroline Shaw.
Dj Tiësto was nominated with his The Business and Afrojack had a chance at a Grammy with his hero, a collaboration with David Guetta. The prize for best dance record eventually went to the Australian dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol, for their alive†
Bruno Mars wins Song of the Year
The Song of the Year went to Silk Sonic, a collaboration between Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, for the single Leave The Door Open† Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Lil Nas X, among others, were also nominated in that category, as was singer Olivia Rodrigo. The latter did win in the best new artist category. Singer Jon Batiste won with his We Are the Album of the Year.
Other notable awards went to the Foo Fighters (Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Performance). Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins passed away unexpectedly a week and a half ago. Due to his death, the rock band also did not perform at the ceremony.
Comedian Louis CK, who came under fire in 2017 for sexual misconduct, won in the best comedy album category.
Will Smith’s Slap
The evening was opened by comedian and Daily Show presenter Trevor Noah, who, among other things, reflected on the fact that the Grammys could not take place last year due to the corona pandemic. “Look at this space, at this party. We’re all there together, have a table, do shots. Last year we did shots of Moderna and Pfizer.”
The blow that Will Smith gave to comedian Chris Rock at the Oscar ceremony was also discussed. “We’re going to dance and sing and we won’t say some people’s names,” Noah joked, referring to Will Smith who, after his blow, shouted that Chris Rock should “stop taking his wife’s name in his mouth.” “.
Zelensky: break the chilling silence with music
Ukrainian President Zelensky also briefly spoke during the ceremony, in a video message to the audience. “War, what is more direct to music than war?” he wondered. War silences music, the Ukrainian leader said, but music, in turn, can also put an end to wars, he says.
“Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos. They sing for the injured, in hospitals. They even sing for the people who can’t hear them,” Zelensky continued. “We are fighting in our country with Russia, which brings us a chilling silence with bombs. Dead silence. Fill that silence with your music. Break that silence today and tell our story.”
After Zelenky’s video message, American musician John Legend played the song Free, along with Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan, Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk. Images of the war in Ukraine were shown in the background.