Joni Mitchell, Arooj Aftab, Olivia Rodrigo: Women triumph at 64th Grammys

Joni Mitchell, Lady Gaga, Arooj Aftab, Olivia Rodrigo: Women triumph at 64th Grammys

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The 64th Grammys kicked off in Las Vegas earlier today (Australia time) with comedian Trevor Noah taking the reins as host to celebrate the highest achievements from the music industry in the past year.

At the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak (Silk Sonic) kicked off the awards with a performance of “777”, grooving off a particularly derivate aesthetic style of James Brown, circa 1971. 

The performance was followed by one from 19-year old Olivia Rodrigo, who performed her globe-shattering hit “Drivers Licence”. Soon after, Rodrigo picked up one of the first awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Solo Performance for the exact same song.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also made an appearance in a video played at the ceremony, appealing to viewers to support Ukrainians “in any way you can”.

“What is more opposite to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelensky said in the video. “Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today, to tell our story. Support us in any way you can. Any, but not silence.”

Here is the list of other female winners at this year’s Grammys so far:

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Love for Sale, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennent

Best Musical Theatre Album: Emily Bear and Abigail l Barlow, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical

Best R&B Performance: Jazmine Sullivan, “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Person of the Year: Joni Mitchell

Best Historical Album: “Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967),” Patrick Milligan and Joni Mitchell, compilation producers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer (Joni Mitchell)

Best Latin Jazz Album: “Mirror Mirror,” Eliane Elias With Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Lost,” CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “Believe for It,” CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans and Mitch Wong, songwriters

Best Gospel Album: “Believe for It,” CeCe Winans

Best Roots Gospel Album: “My Savior,” Carrie Underwood

Best Bluegrass Album: “My Bluegrass Heart,” Béla Fleck

Best Folk Album: “They’re Calling Me Home,” Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Best Global Music Performance: “Mohabbat,” Arooj Aftab

Best Global Music Album: “Mother Nature,” Angelique Kidjo

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” Andra Day

Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Chanticleer Sings Christmas,” Leslie Ann Jones, engineer (Chanticleer)

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Alone Together,” Jennifer Koh

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Mythologies,” Sangeeta Kaur and Hila Plitmann (Virginie D’Avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto and Emilio D. Miler)

Best Classical Compendium: “Women Warriors – The Voices of Change,” Amy Andersson, conductor; Amy Andersson, Mark Mattson and Lolita Ritmanis, producers.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Shaw: Narrow Sea,” Caroline Shaw, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish and Sō Percussion)

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