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The 65th annual Grammy ceremony: winners and highlights

The cover for Beyoncé’s seventh studio album “RENAISSANCE.” Beyoncé won her record-breaking 32nd Grammy award at the ceremony on Feb. 4. PUBLIC DOMAIN

On Sunday, Feb. 4, Trevor Noah hosted the 65th annual Grammy award show featuring performances by Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Lizzo and more. The history-making ceremony celebrated the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, honoring the genre’s greatest artists.

R&B singer Beyoncé broke the record for winning the most Grammy awards. Beyoncé won four awards during the ceremony, including Best R&B Song and Best Dance/Electronic Recording, which puts her at a total of 32 Grammy awards. Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor, previously held the record with 31 Grammy awards before his passing in 1997. 

History was also made when “Unholy” by Sam Smith and Kim Petras won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, making Petras the first transgender woman to win a Grammy in this category. The pair pulled out all the stops during their performance of “Unholy” by transforming the stage into a devil’s playground and embracing the sexual themes of the song. They also set milestones, with “Unholy” becoming Smith’s first song to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 charts, as well as the first song with a nonbinary person and openly transgender woman to do so.

The rare and prestigious status of obtaining an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) was awarded to American actress and producer Viola Davis. She won the Grammy award for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for her memoir “Finding Me.” Davis previously won an Emmy for her work on the TV show “How to Get Away with Murder,” an Oscar for the film “Fences” and two Tony Awards for the plays “King Hedley III” and “Fences.”

English singer and songwriter Harry Styles brought home the top award for Album of the Year for his album “Harry’s House.” The album and title track “As it Was” achieved the triumph of reaching No.1 on the charts in multiple countries simultaneously, as well as becoming the fastest-selling album of 2022. He also won Best Pop Vocal Album for “Harry’s House.” Styles was nominated for six awards this year. 

“I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me at a lot of different times in my life,” Styles said during his acceptance speech. “This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so so nice. Thank you very very much.” 

It’s “About Damn Time” that Lizzo won one of the coveted top GRAMMY awards. She won Record of the Year for her record-smashing song “About Damn Time.” The singer was nominated for all top awards last Grammy cycle but didn’t win any. With this song, Lizzo earned her second song to reach the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

Bonnie Raitt won Song of the Year for “Just Like That.” The song is well-known for its heartbreaking lyrics about a woman who blames herself for her son’s death and meets the man who received her son’s heart as a transplant. 

Wrapping up the top awards, Samara Joy, an American jazz artist, won Best New Artist. Joy won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2019 and Jazz Times named her Best New Artist in 2021.

Dr. Dre, a seven-time Grammy winner, received the first-ever Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. This award recognizes an artist’s immense achievements and innovation during their music career. Upon receiving the award, Dr. Dre expressed his gratitude toward the academy and the Black Music Collective.    

Other winners include Adele with her 16th award for “Best Pop Solo Performance” and Kendrick Lamar with two Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. Bad Bunny also won Best Música Urbana Album for his studio album “Un Verano Sin Ti.” 

Click here to see the full list of winners and nominees. 

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Jenna Zaza
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Jenna Zaza is The Statesman's Arts and Culture Editor. She is a second-year journalism major with a minor in Korean studies and on the fast-track MBA program. When she is not writing, she is probably reading a book with a cup of coffee in hand.
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