Billie Eilish's stunning performance with Finneas was one of Sunday's clear highlights. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
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Best and Worst Moments From the 2022 Grammys 

The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be Olivia Rodrigo

At the 2022 Grammy Awards show in Las Vegas on Sunday, Rodrigo, 19, took home the prize for the year’s best newcomer!

“Thank you so much to the Recording Academy. This is my biggest dream come true,” Rodrigo began her acceptance speech. “Thank you to everyone at Interscope, especially John Janick, for believing in me and my songwriting before anything else.”

She went on to thank her team, her parents and her best friends, saying, “I love you guys,” before adding, “a huge thanks to Dan [Nigro], who made all of my music with me.”

The pop star is also one of more than two dozen artists who performed on Sunday’s telecast, which was gamely hosted by Trevor Noah.

Here are all the standouts and duds of the 2022 Grammys performances. 

Best: Billie Eilish pays tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins

Billie Eilish delivered a powerful rendition of her song “Happier Than Ever,” alongside her brother, FINNEAS. She used the moment to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins, the late drummer of the Foo Fighters, with an image of him on her T-shirt.

Best:  Brothers Osborne make emotional speech for ‘Younger Me’ win

TJ Osborne, who came out as gay last year, fought back tears as he and his brother accepted a Grammy for the Brothers Osborne song “Younger Me.” He noted the song was inspired by his coming out.

“I never thought that I would be able to do music professionally because of my sexuality. And I certainly never thought I would be here on the stage accepting a Grammy after having done something I felt like was going to be life changing and potentially in a very negative way,” Osborne said.

“And here I am tonight, not only accepting this Grammy Award with my brother, which I love so much, but I’m here with a man that I love and he loves me back. … I don’t know what I did be so lucky.”

Best: Olivia Rodrigo Perform “Drivers License” at the 2022 Grammys

It’s been fifteen long months since Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” took the internet by storm, breaking all manner of streaming records and racking up countless reenactments and tributes on TikTok. On Sunday, Rodrigo proved on music’s biggest stage that “Drivers License” wasn’t just a TikTok trend of the month, but an era-defining torchlight ballad. She screamed in anguish, as if reliving her first teenage heartbreak, on a dusty small-town movie set, with birds (or maybe debris) floating in the background. 

Rodrigo was nominated in several categories at this year’s ceremony. Her debut LP Sour was up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. She lost out to Jon Batiste in the former category but took home the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album. She also won Best New Artist.

Best: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy virtual plea for support

The win came after the night’s festivities grew grim when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the gathering with an update on the war and his numbers included children injured and killed. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos,” he said. “We are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music.”

He ended by saying: “Tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way you can any, but not silence. And then peace will come to all our cities.”

John Legend then performed “Free” with Ukrainian exiles including singer-actress Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Best: BTS got their spy on

BTS got the audience out of their seats with their performance of their song “Butter,” and the K-pop group didn’t disappoint with their epic dance moves. 

The group, dressed in monochrome suits, proceeded to live out their cosplay dreams of Mission Impossible and Now You See Me, jumping over laser beams and flinging cards across the room. As their shiny shoes swept across the floor, nary a heel kick or jump was out of place.

Best: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow Duo

No one was surprised that Lil Nas X‘s Grammys performance included three costume changes. That said, we were expecting less fabric.

The hip-hop phenom took the stage on Sunday for a medley of his hits, including “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby,” for which he was joined by Jack Harlow.

This marks Lil Nas X’s second time performing at the Grammys. He first hit the stage in 2020 with a dual performance of “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo.”

Best: Lady Gaga Delivers a Glamorous, Emotional Grammys Performance of Jazz Standards After Tony Bennett Introduction

Lady Gaga performed a rendition of “Do I Love You” and “Love For Sale” after being introduced by Bennett in a pre-taped video at the 2022 Grammys on Sunday.

Following her moving performance — complete with a video montage of the two — Gaga sat on the edge of the stage and cried, placing her hand on her shoulder in place of Bennett.

Worst: The Famously Canceled Louis C.K. Just Won A Grammy

Disgraced standup star Louis C.K. won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, leading to immense online backlash.

C.K. was not in attendance at the ceremony, which meant host LeVar Burton was forced to awkwardly accept the award on the comedian’s behalf. Burton announced C.K. as the winner to a muted response from the live audience while a backing band played on stage.

The controversial comic received the award for his self-produced show Sincerely, his first since admitting to acts of sexual misconduct in 2017. C.K.’s confession came after years of accusations from female comics and other female colleagues that detailed how the comedian would masturbate in front of them after gaining their permission in a way that did not feel consensual.

Worst: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar and GIVEON

Bieber’s silky smooth chart-topper “Peaches” is one of the biggest earworms of the past year. But the stilted Grammys performance lost much of what makes it such a feel-good bop by beginning with an overlong, overwrought introduction on piano before Bieber joined featured artists Caesar and Giveon. Even then, the lyrics were so heavily bleeped that it was more distracting than delectable.

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