65th annual Grammy Awards features musical performances alongside new records in music history


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Harry Styles wins Best Album alongside two more awards at the Grammy’s awards ceremony.

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor

The 65th annual Grammy Awards were held on Feb. 5 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The event was hosted for the third year in a row by actor, television host and political commentator Trevor Noah. The award show highlighted musical talent from across the industry and featured performances from several notable artists including Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Lizzo and more.  


Bad Bunny opened the show with performances of “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa,” and was followed up by Brandi Carlile whose performance of “Broken Horses” that night won the award for Best Rock Performance.  To mark the 50th year of the hip-hop genre, the Recording Academy hosted a tribute to some of the biggest artists in the history of the genre in a medley that included performances from artists such as Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, Flava Flav and more. However, criticism was directed toward notable absences of female artists in the lineup, like Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim. The awards show also took time to honor artists who had passed over the course of the year in a memorial showcase where talent such as Kacey Musgraves and Bonnie Raitt highlighted songs from artists including Christine McVie, Loretta Lynn and Takeoff.  


Record of the Year went to Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” while one of the biggest surprises was Song of the Year going to Bonnie Raitt’s “Just Like That.” Raitt, who hasn’t won an award since 2012, beat some of the biggest names in modern music. One of the biggest winners of the night was Harry Styles who took home three individual awards. Released in May of 2022, “Harry’s House” won Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album and Best Album of 2022. This was a particularly impressive feat given that other artists in the running included names such as Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé and Adele. For some viewers, however, this win was made an awkward one as many criticized the fact that Beyoncé did not win Best Album for the fourth year in a row after being nominated. While she may not have won Best Album, Beyoncé still made history as she broke the record for the most-awarded artist in Grammy history. The previous record was held by the late conductor Georg Solti since 1997 with 31 individual wins. After getting four wins from the nine nominations she received, Beyoncé broke the record with 32 Grammy awards in her life thus far. Several other artists made notable achievements during the show, including  Viola Davis becoming the third Black woman in history to achieve EGOT status after winning Best Audio Book and Narration and Storytelling Recording for “Finding Me.”   


Overall, the 65th annual Grammy’s highlighted talent from across the entire music industry.