And the GRAMMY® goes to women rockers on and off the musical stage this year. Last night’s 64th annual GRAMMY Awards show returned fully LIVE after last year’s pandemic postponement and scaled-back live show with pandemic protocols.
The coveted awards show had to move it’s scheduled late January 2022 date due to the persistent presence of the Omicron variant. The date change for music’s biggest night also called for a change of venue and location to Las Vegas. Another notable change — the uptick in the presence and praise for women rockers of all shapes, sizes and roles.
The women in music shined through last night. From the rock’n roll icons, MusiCares Person of the Year, multi GRAMMY Award Winner Joni Mitchell and multi GRAMMY Award Winner Bonnie Raitt to Billie Eilish donning a Taylor H t-shirt while rock’n a heavy metal performance with brother Finneas on stage to GRAMMY Award-Winner for Best New Artist Olivia Rodrigo, the women rocked it! The exclamation point on the statement was the nod the GRAMMYS and The Recording Academy gave to women rockers behind-the-scenes. As presenters, these bts women from assistant tour managers to wardrobe consultants introduced their pseudo-family employer.
THE NEW ACADEMY
The 64 Annual Awards Presentation aimed to stress the new direction for The Recording Academy. The show displayed a smorgasbord of talent representing multiple cultures, genres, sexes and ages. “A generational” show was a central theme. The word generation rolled off emcee Trevor Noah’s tongue multiple times. At one point I recall him alluding to the multi-generations represented on stage from Tony Bennett (who won a GRAMMY 59 years ago) to Billie Eilish who was born in 2001.
The Recording Academy presented the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show on Sunday, April 3, live from the *MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on the CBS Television Network and streamed it live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. Prior to the telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony was streamed live on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.
The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards went to women who rock on and off the stage this year in full force. The return of the GRAMMY Awards Presentation fully LIVE was a welcomed sight for hardened eyes. The “new” Academy is on to something. While they still have much work to do, the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show returned to a time when the music came “mostly” first and being fun, creative and different was “cool” with a capital C. Add multi-generational artists and diversity to the list and “Cool” adds the exclamation point! — Abbe is Socially Sparked. Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01