Looking Forward to the Grammys, Part I


The Grammy Awards 2022 ceremony will occur on April 3, Covid virus willing. The Grammys will honor recording industry achievements in 86 categories. (Click on “Read more” in the link to see the entire list.)

The past couple of decades, I’ve only been able to recognize a few of the nominees. This year, given the postponement of the awards, I’m determined to do my homework and be familiar with at least a few songs and artists I’ve never known before. But no way will I get through the hundreds of nominees.

I thought it might be fun to get to know some of them in at least some categories.

Let’s start with Best Music Video.

All right, this one I’ve seen: Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga singing “I Get a Kick Out of You.” I love their collaboration. Did you see their special? It was awesome!

I’ve loved Jon Batiste for as long as I’ve watched The Late Show. I love the pink suit, and the backup dancers (especially the central four ladies), and the boys drumming on the buckets. Good song, too: “Freedom.”

AC/DC, “Shot in the Dark.” This one gives me School of Rock flashbacks:

I hope the next one doesn’t win, due to the ugly language and dangerous behavior portrayed. Why reward that? Justin Bieber, “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon:

I want to like Billie Eilish, but this video and song just depress me. “Happier Than Ever”:

Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” has gorgeous sets, incredible costuming, and wonderful cinematography, but it’s pornography. Inappropriate for this blog. I hope it doesn’t win.

Another break up song, but not as depressing as Eilish’s. If I were thirteen, I’d be rooting for this one: Olivia Rodrigo, “good 4 u.”

But I’m not thirteen. I hope Jon Batiste wins Best Music Video for “Freedom.” I like the song, and I love the exuberance of the performance. I like the large cast and the urban location. I like the bright, vibrant colors–lovely production. And did I mention the dancers?

Now it’s your turn: Which video do you like best, and why? Share in the comments below.

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