It was a historic evening for the Beyhive and a great Grammys for those hanging in “Harry’s House.”
Harry Styles won album of the year, the biggest prize at Sunday’s 65th Grammy Awards, though it was Beyoncé who made history, taking four honors and becoming the most-winning Grammy artist of all time. Music’s biggest night also gave fans some nice surprises, including Bonnie Raitt taking home song of the year, Lizzo winning record of the year and jazz singer Samara Joy being named best new artist.
Check out all the winners and highlights from the Grammys, going back to the pre-show Premiere Ceremony.
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Styles gets the biggest prize of the night and hugs the superfan who announced his win. “I’ve been so inspired by every artist in this category with me,” the British singer says. “On nights like tonight, there are no such things as ‘best’ in music. This is really, really kind. I’m so grateful. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often.”
Former best new artist winner Olivia Rodrigo comes out to induct a fresh act into the prestigious club. And here’s another shocker: It’s jazz singer Samara Joy. “I’ve been watching you on TV for so long,” says a tearful, thankful Joy to her fellow artists in the audience. “All of you inspire me for being who you are.” (She also won the best jazz vocal album Grammy for “Linger Awhile” earlier in the day.)
You can’t have all these major Grammys without a little sonic palette cleanser. Lacy performs his catchy hit “Bad Habit” with master bass player Thundercat before the night closes with best new artist and album of the year.
Lizzo nabs one of the best Grammy prizes. “Let me tell you, Adele and I are having a wonderful night rooting for our friends,” she says, dedicating the award to Prince. She felt misunderstood making positive music but “I wanted to make the world a better place.” She also shouts out Beyoncé: “In the fifth grade I skipped school to see you perform. You changed my life.”
Well, here’s a Grammy shocker: Raitt defeats Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Harry Styles and Beyoncé for one of the night’s biggest prizes. “I’m so surprised, I don’t know what to say. This is an unreal moment,” Raitt says. “I don’t write a lot of songs but I’m proud that you appreciate this one.”
How do you follow a stage full of rap powerhouses? It’s not an easy task. But country star Combs leans on the emotion and trots a string section for a warmhearted rendition of his hit song.
Adele’s new best friend Dwayne Johnson is out to present the Grammy for best pop solo performance. He must be a good luck charm because she snags the victory against the likes of Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Doja Cat and Harry Styles. “I really was just looking forward to coming tonight,” she says, dedicating the win to her son.
The rap legend says he’s “extremely moved” to be the first recipient of the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. That honor transitions to LL Cool J introducing a performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip hop. With the Roots in the house, the medley takes an energetic journey through rap history with songs including Grandmaster Flash’s “Flash to the Beat,” Run DMC’s “King of Rock,” Salt-n-Pepa’s “My Mic Sounds Nice,” Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.,” Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control,” Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” and Lil Wayne’s “A Milli.”
“I’m trying to not be too emotional,” says an overcome Beyoncé as she accepts for “Renaissance,” and her fourth victory of the night sets a new record for all-time wins. (Her total now stands at 32, one more than the late Hungarian orchestral conductor Georg Solti.) “I want to thank God for protecting me” and she also thanked her mom and dad “for loving me and pushing me” as well as “the queer community for your love and for inventing this genre.” Mary J. Blige followed up the historic moment with a performance of “Good Morning Gorgeous.”
Madonna, known for being a fan of the “provocative” and “troublemakers” in general, introduces Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ performance of their Grammy-winning hit “Unholy.” Smith looks downright devilish in red leather, high-heeled boots and horned singing in the center of a group of robed, grinding demonic folks, while Petras performs in a cage surrounded by women with whips.
Kacey Musgraves performs an acoustic version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” to honor Lynn in the “In Memoriam” portion of the night. The sounds of Jeff Beck’s unmistakable guitar pepper a montage of greats who’ve passed in the past year, and that’s followed by Quavo teaming with Maverick City Music on “Without You” as tribute to his Migos group member Takeoff. If that wasn’t emotional enough, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Fleetwood finish with a tearjerking rendition of “Songbird” for Christine McVie.
Cardi B presents the award for best rap album to Lamar for “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.” He says it was one of the “toughest” albums he’s made, thanking his family for “the courage and the vulnerability to share my truth and these stories (and) the fans for trusting me with these words.”
Hot off winning a Grammy, an ultra-glittery Harry Styles – who looks he decorated himself with tons of Christmas tinsel – dances around and sings “As It Was” with his band and a bunch of random people walking on a rotating stage.
“I just made this album with love and passion, and when you do everything with love and passion, it’s just easier,” Bunny says, accepting his honor for “Un Verano Sin Ti” and dedicating the Grammy win to Puerto Rico.
“We’re about to have some church up in here!” Lizzo feels the spirit and comes to the stage to do a bit of her hit “About Damn Time” before launching into her empowerment anthem “Special” with a gold-drenched dancing gospel choir surrounding her.
Best pop duo/group performance goes to Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy.” “This song has been such an incredible journey for me,” says Petras, who receives rapturous applause when she announces she’s the first openly transgender solo artist to win this award. She shouts out influences (“I don’t know if I’d be here without Madonna”) and also Smith: “Sam, you are a true angel in my life.”
A red-haired Shania Twain presents the Grammy for best country album. Willie Nelson wins for “A Beautiful Time” but isn’t at the show. Another icon is in the house: Stevie Wonder, who leads a Motown tribute to Smokey Robinson. Wonder teams with WanMor on “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” duets with Robinson on “Tears of a Clown” – which gets a huge crowd reaction – and closes the set with “Higher Ground” alongside Chris Stapleton.
Newly minted EGOT winner Viola Davis comes out to a standing ovation. She’s here to quote Aretha Franklin and give out the Grammy for best R&B song, which goes to Beyoncé for “Cuff It.” The win now makes her tied for biggest Grammy winner of all time, though she’s still on her way to the show.
The first award of the main show goes to Harry Styles, who wins for “Harry’s House.” “This album from start to finish has been the greatest experience of my life,” the British singer says.
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After winning a few early Grammys, Carlile takes the stage to give a blistering performance of “Broken Horses.” When it comes to rockin’ – at least on this night – Carlile overtakes The Rock with killer guitar riffs and growling vocals.
Noah walks through the crowd pointing out trivia: LL Cool J loves breakfast cereals, Cardi B loves presidents and Adele loves tea. Noah also makes a friend connection between Adele and her super-fan, Dwayne Johnson. (She seems very excited by the meet-and-greet.)
Host Trevor Noah kicks off the main Grammys show and introduces the opening performance by Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican singer (aka Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio), who’s looking to be the first artist to take album of the year honors for a Spanish-language record, comes through the audience to hit the stage with dancers and his band to perform hits “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa.” Jack Harlow is one of the many music lovers dancing in the audience. “This album is so fire it makes Trump want to learn Spanish,” Noah jokes.
New artist is one of the most high-profile Grammy categories of all, with winners over the years including The Beatles, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, Carly Simon, Adele and John Legend. Among this year’s varied crop of contenders, the Italian rockers of Måneskin are expected to be victorious. Winners of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, the band played Coachella and multiple Lollapaloozas before embarking on a sold-out tour of large clubs and theaters late last year.
Madison Cunningham, who performed as part of the pre-show ceremony, wins best folk album for “Revealer” and admits, “I’m in shock.” Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” gets a Grammy for best comedy album, and a 2022 Broadway cast recording of “Into the Woods” is named best musical theater album.
Adding to two earlier victories for “Encanto,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” gets best song written for visual media, while Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well: The Short Film” takes best music video and documentary “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story” wins best music film. And Jack Antonoff is named producer of the year for his work with Swift, Florence + The Machine, Diana Ross, The 1975 and the “Minions: The Rise of Gru” soundtrack.
Aaron Neville scores a Grammy for best American roots performance for “Stompin’ Ground” with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Carlile’s “In These Silent Days” wins best Americana album while Raitt take home a pair of awards: best Americana performance for “Made Up My Mind” and best roots song for “Just Like That.”
Nelson’s “Live Forever” takes the honor for best country solo performance and Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde’s “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” wins duo/group performance. “This has transcended so many of my wildest dreams,” Pearce says when accepting her first Grammy. And best country song goes to Matt Rogers and Ben Stennis’ “Till You Can’t.”
The British rock band – up for best new artist later in the night – wins a pair of Grammys: best alternative performance for “Chaise Lounge” and alternative music album for the group’s self-titled debut.
Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” wins for best rap song and rap performance, while Carlile’s “Broken Horses” snags best rock performance and rock song. Osbourne gets best metal performance for “Degradation Rules” with Tony Iommi and rock album for “Patient Number 9.”
The actress makes history by earning her first Grammy Award, for best audio book, narration and storytelling recording for “Finding Me.” “I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma. It has been such a journey. I JUST EGOT!” says Davis, adding to her Oscar, Emmy and Tony wins. And on the heels of that, Beyoncé takes best traditional R&B performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa.”
Vince Mendoza pays tribute to the late Christine McVie when he wins for best arrangement, instrumental and vocals. “I owe a debt of gratitude for so many of her beautiful stories and moments,” says Mendoza, adding that he was 16 when the seminal 1977 Fleetwood Mac album “Rumours” was released. “This record and this music has followed me all through my life.” In addition, Michael Bublé’s “Higher” conquers the best traditional pop album category.
“MJ the Musical” Broadway star Myles Frost arrives to present the next group of honors. Best dance/electronic recording goes to Beyoncé – her first of what could be a historic day – for “Break My Soul,” Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” snags the Grammy for best remixed recording (non-classical) and Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” takes best engineered album. Plus, former The Police member Stewart Copeland’s “Divine Tides” wins best immersive audio album.
The first two Grammys of the day – best compilation soundtrack album for visual media and best score album – goes to Disney’s animated musical “Encanto,” which featured songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” takes the victory for best score soundtrack for a video game.
The list of performers during the main Grammys show includes Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Lizzo and the “Unholy” duo of Sam Smith and Kim Petras.
As for presenters, first lady Jill Biden will be one of the main folks giving out hardware alongside Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis (who could become an EGOT during the Premiere Ceremony), Olivia Rodrigo, Shania Twain and Dwayne Johnson.
The Grammys are usually a place where musicians strut their most interesting stuff. (Lady Gaga’s egg entrance, anyone?) You can get a look at all this year’s looks during the Recording Academy’s “Live from the Red Carpet” livestream scheduled to begin at 6 EST/3 PST on live.grammy.com. E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” special is slated to start at the same time, co-hosted by Laverne Cox and Bobby Bones, and that’s preceded by a “Live From E!: Countdown to the Grammys” pre-show at 4 EST/1 PST.
How to watch the 65th Grammy Awards
If you like watching musicians accept trophies, the Premiere Ceremony is for you as it doles out the vast majority – 81 of 91 Grammys – of the honors. Streaming on the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and live.grammy.com, the early event is hosted by Randy Rainbow and features performances by Blind Boys of Alabama, Samara Joy and more.
Once you’ve sat through that, or just want to see the major Grammys awarded, the more performance-heavy main show airs live on CBS and streams on Paramount+.