Between them, Silk Sonic and Tony Bennett rewrote the Grammy record books at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (April 3). Many other artists, including Kanye West, Foo Fighters and St. Vincent, also made Grammys history this year, but we have to start with the retro R&B duo and the 95-year-old legend.
Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” won all four categories in which it was nominated – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
Bruno Mars, one half of Silk Sonic, is only the second artist in Grammy history to win record of the year three times. He previously won as a featured artist on “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson! and alone for “24K Magic”. Paul Simon was the first artist to win record of the year three times – for “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, both with Simon & Garfunkel, and alone with “Graceland”.
D’Mile became the first songwriter in Grammy Awards history to win Song of the Year two years in a row. He won last year for “I Can’t Breathe,” which he co-wrote with HER and Tiara Thomas. He won this year for “Leave the Door Open,” which he co-wrote with Mars, Anderson .Paak and Christopher Brody Brown. It’s also the second win in the category for Mars and Brown, who were among the co-writers of “That’s What I Like” which won four years ago.
“Leave the Door Open” is just the third song in Grammy history to win both Song of the Year and Best R&B Song. The first two were “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys and “That’s What I Like” by Mars.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga love for sale won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. This is Bennett’s 14th win in the class. No one else has won here more than four times. (That’s not quite the record for most wins in any category. Jimmy Sturr has won Best Polka Album 18 times. Lack of competitiveness is one of the reasons the Academy dropped out.) the category in 2009.)
Bennett, who is 95 years and eight months old, is the second-oldest winner in any category in Grammy history. The record is held by blues legend Pinetop Perkins, who was 97 years and 221 days old when he won the 2010 award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Hip jointa collaboration with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.
Here are some other artists who made Grammy history this year:
The late Chick Corea won two Grammys – Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Latin Jazz Album – bringing his total to 27. Those wins make him one of the top five Grammy winners of all time. The late classical conductor Georg Solti is the leader with 31 wins, followed by Beyoncé and Quincy Jones (28 each) and Alison Krauss (also 27).
Kanye West tied with Jay-Z for the most Grammys won by a rapper (24 each). West won Melodic Rap Performance for “Hurricane” (featuring The Weeknd & Lil Baby) and Best Rap Song for “Jail,” which boosted his total from 22 to 24. Jay-Z shared the latter award , which increased his total from 23 to 24.
Foo Fighters won three Grammys – best rock album for medicine at midnight and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “Waiting on a War”. The Foos are the first group to win the Best Rock Album award five times. No one else has won in the category more than twice. The awards were presented nine days after the death of the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Unfortunately, if the awards had been presented as scheduled on January 31, he would have lived to receive them.
St. Vincent became the first female solo artist to win Best Alternative Music Album twice. She won for daddy’s house seven years after winning for Saint-Vincent. This is the second year in a row that a female solo artist has won this award. Fiona Apple won last year for Collect the bolt cutters. It’s the first time in Grammy history that female solo artists have won back-to-back wins in this historically male-dominated category.
Chris Stapleton has become the first solo artist to win Best Country Album three times. He won for restart. The only other act to have won more than twice is The Chicks, with four wins. Stapleton also became the first three-time winner for Best Country Solo Performance (for “You Should Probably Leave”). He had been tied with two-time category champion Carrie Underwood.
Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison, has become the first child of a Beatle to win a Grammy. Harrison shared the award for best boxed or special limited edition packaging for All must pass: 50th anniversary edition. His co-winners were his mother, Olivia Harrison, and Darren Evans. Olivia Harrison is the third wife or widow of a Beatle to win a Grammy. Linda McCartney shared two awards with Paul McCartney for work credited to Wings – “Band on the Run” (1974) and “Rockestra Theme” (1979). Yoko Ono shared the Album of the Year award with the late John Lennon for Dual Fantasy (nineteen eighty one).
Olivia Rodrigo, who is 19 years and one month old, is the third youngest artist to win the Best New Artist award. It follows LeAnn Rimes, who was 14 years and six months old when she won, and Eilish, who was 18 years and one month old. (Christina Aguilera was 19 years and two months old when she won.)
Baby Keem’s “Family Ties” featuring his cousin, Kendrick Lamar, won Best Rap Performance. It is Lamar’s record fifth victory in the category.
soul summer won Best Musical Film a week after winning the Oscar for Documentary (Feature). It is only the second film to win both awards, after 20 feet from fame. Questlove realized soul summer. David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent and Joseph Patel co-produced it.
Joni Mitchell, winner of this year’s MusiCares Personality of the Year, won Best Historical Album for Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The early years (1963-1967). Mitchell is credited as producer on the compilation (along with Patrick Milligan). 10 years ago, Paul McCartney was the last person to be awarded Personality of the Year and win a Grammy in the same year. He won in the same category as a producer of a deluxe edition of Runaway group.
Jack Antonoff became the first former Best New Artist winner to win Producer of the Year (Non-Classical). Antonoff won Best New Artist nine years ago as a member of the fun pop trio.
Judith Sherman won producer of the year, classic for the sixth time. She is only one price away from entering a four-way tie as the producer with the most wins in the category. David Frost, Steven Epstein and Robert Woods have each won seven times.
Bo Burnham’s “All Eyes on Me” from his Netflix special Bo Burnham: Inside became the second song from a TV show to win Best Song Written for Visual Media. The first was “Boss of Me” by They Might Be Giants Malcolm in the middlewho won 20 years ago.
Carlos Rafael Rivera soundtrack from the Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Bet became only the third TV show soundtrack to win Best Soundtrack for Visual Media. The first two were Lalo Schifrin’s soundtrack to the long-running CBS series Impossible mission and Hildur Guðnadóttir’s soundtrack from the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. The Queen’s Bet tied for the prize with Soulwhich won the Oscar for Best Original Score a year ago.
Bridgerton’s Unofficial Album won Best Musical Theater Album. It is the first album from a musical based on a TV show to win in this category. Emily Bear produced the album and co-wrote the score with Abigail Barlow.