Grammys Live: ‘Summer of Soul Wins Best Musical Picture
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest from the 64th annual Grammy Awards, presented Sunday in Las Vegas (all local times):
First the Oscar, now “Summer of Soul” has claimed Grammy glory.
Sunday’s best musical picture win came a week after ‘Summer of Soul”s Oscar moment was turned upside down by Will Smith’s slap in the face of Chris Rock. Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson briefly nodded at the Oscars slap, saying the film was on the road trip from the Sundance Film Festival “until…last week,” he said with a laugh. .
Questlove instead focused its talk on the artists featured in the film, naming many of them.
While the winners of the Grammys Premiere ceremony, where more than 70 awards are handed out, are usually limited to 45 seconds and one speaker, the four winners of “Summer of Soul” were able to speak. (Mostly uninterrupted – the group started after the second speaker, but quickly stopped.)
“Who’s having a better week than Questlove?” host LeVar Burton asked after the win. “Person!”
“Summer of Soul” tells the story of the mostly forgotten and unseen 1969 Harlem cultural festival that featured performances by a young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, the 5th Dimension BB King and many others.
Joni Mitchell won a Grammy and made a rare appearance on the awards show stage to accept it.
Mitchell won Best Historical Album on Sunday afternoon for “Joni Mitchell Archives – Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967).”
Mitchell, 78, needed a cane and the help of an escort to step onto the podium, but she strutted and danced as she ascended to accept her ninth career Grammy.
“Thank you to the academy for this nomination and this victory, I did not expect it,” she said.
With her musical team, she thanked her physiotherapist, whom she called “my angel”.
Mitchell had a brain aneurysm seven years ago that left her unable to speak or walk.
On Friday night, she was honored by the Recording Academy as MusiCares Person of the Year, an award that honors a career of artistic achievement and philanthropy. John Legend, Brandi Carlile and Jon Batiste performed his songs in his tribute.
TJ Osborne gave an emotional speech at the Grammy Awards after winning an award with his brother for their song ‘Younger Me’.
Osborne, who came out as gay last year, fought back tears as he reflected on the timing and the support he received. He noted that “Younger Me” was written in response to his coming out. The song won best performance by a country duo or group on Sunday afternoon.
“I never thought I’d be able to make music professionally because of my sexuality. And I certainly never thought I’d be here on stage accepting a Grammy after doing something that I think , was going to change my life and potentially in a very negative way,” Osborne said.
“And here I am tonight, not only accepting this Grammy Award with my brother, who I love so much, but I’m here with a man I love and he loves me back.
“I don’t know what I did to be so lucky.”
Osborne performs with his brother John as the Osborne Brothers.
The Osborne brothers’ victory came moments after Chris Stapleton won the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for a record third time. He took home the trophy on Sunday for his single “You Should Probably Leave.” He also won the award in 2018 and 2016.
A project that turned “Bridgerton” into a musical has won a Grammy Award.
Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater on Sunday afternoon for “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.”
They happily accepted the award, noting that the project began a year ago by asking what “Bridgerton” would sound like if it were a musical.
LeVar Burton presented them with the honor at the Grammys’ inaugural ceremony, where more than 70 awards are presented.
Burton does double duty — it’s also nominated for Best Spoken Word Album.
As John Legend was honored for his musical achievements, the Grammy-winning singer used the Recording Academy stage to pay homage to a black musical culture that shaped himself and the world.
Legend spoke about how black music set trends for listeners around the world at the academy’s Black Music Collective event, held Saturday night in Las Vegas. He received the Global Impact Award for his personal and professional achievements in the music industry. Like Legend, the event was filled with uplifting messages that spoke about the importance of recognizing the creators of black music and featured a slew of popular performances.
Several performers such as Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Jon Batiste have the chance to etch their names in the Grammy history books on Sunday.
Eilish could become the first artist to win record of the year three times in a row, and the only artist along with Paul Simon to win the award three times.
She is in position to join Adele as the only one to have won three major categories – record, song and album of the year – twice.
Trevor Noah is returning for a second time to host the show, which will air live in Las Vegas on CBS and Paramount+ beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
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