Olivia Rodrigo has won her second major award of the night at the Grammys, taking home Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut ‘Sour’.
The 19-year-old thanked her mother for supporting her dreams “no matter how crazy”.
On stage, she said: “I want to dedicate this to my parents. When I was nine, I told my mother that I wanted to be a gymnast, even though I could hardly do cartwheels. She thought I was joking but I was super defensive.
“So the next week when I told her I was going to win a Grammy, she was very supportive, even though she probably thought I was a little kid with a pipe dream.”
So far at the Las Vegas ceremony, R&B duo Silk Sonic, rising star Rodrigo and American country artist Chris Stapleton have been handling big gongs.
Personalities from across the music world have gathered at the 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena for the annual ceremony, this year hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
At the start of the ceremony, the comedian joked that Rodrigo had to show her “driver’s license” to get in and that celebrities took Moderna and Pfizer “shots” during last year’s event.
Referring to Will Smith and his controversial slap at the Oscars, he added: “It’s going to be such a lovely evening. Don’t even think of it as an awards show, this is a concert where we give out awards.
“We’re going to listen to music, we’re going to dance, we’re going to sing, we’re going to keep people’s names out of our mouths.”
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At the Oscars, Smith yelled at Chris Rock for getting his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s name “out of your friggin’ mouth” after the comedian made a joke about her hair loss.
Silk Sonic, the duo with Bruno Mars and singer Anderson Paak, received the first major award in the form of song of the year.
The award was presented by Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who previously won his own gong for Best Musical Film for his documentary Summer Of Soul.
The documentary also won Best Documentary at the Oscars last week.
Referring to Smith’s swipe at Rock, which came just before winning that award, Questlove said: “I will present this award and I trust you will stay 500ft from me,” before adding, “Just playing! “
The Grammy for Best New Artist then went to Rodrigo.
The 19-year-old held back tears as she thanked her record label, parents and staff. She described the gong victory as “a dream come true”.
Stapleton picked up the gong for best country album and delivered a speech that focused on the sacrifices artists make for their careers, adding, “I know sometimes it hurts.”
Billie Eilish took the stage for a performance of her song Happier Than Ever wearing a t-shirt with a picture of the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Hawkins, 50, was on the South American leg of the band’s world tour when his sudden death was announced last month after falling ill at his hotel in northern Bogota.
Eilish sang from an inverted living room filled with ankle-deep water while her brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell played a squeaky guitar solo.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a special appearance via video link as he urged the musicians to “tell our story.”
“The war. What is more in contrast to music. The silence of destroyed cities and killed people,” he said in an emotional message.
“Our loved ones don’t know if we’ll be together again. War doesn’t let us choose who survives and who remains in perpetual silence.
“Our musicians wear protective vests instead of tuxedos. They sing for the wounded. In hospitals. Even for those who can’t hear it, but the music will break through anyway.”
There were also energetic performances from Lil Nas X and K-pop superstars BTS.
Folk veteran Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance on stage alongside Bonnie Raitt, who helped her as she struggled with her lines while introducing Brandi Carlile.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/olivia-rodrigo-claims-her-second-major-grammy-of-the-night-41517708.html Olivia Rodrigo grabs her second major Grammy of the night