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The 2022 Grammys, Update on Will Smith, GLAAD Winners

The Grammys this year were memorable, more celebrities are taking sides regarding Will Smith’s actions against Chris Rock, winners announced for GLAAD, and Estelle Harris is remembered. 

By Lauren Cali 
April 5, 2022

The 2022 Grammys
The biggest night for music was memorable with wins, a tribute, and a message from Ukraine. 

SZA, who won best pop duo/group performance revealed details of her sophomore album and why she was on crutches as she accepted her award. Watch her acceptance speech . Singer and songwriter Jon Batiste took home five wins at the awards, the most for an individual that night. The full list of winners can be found here

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was able to make a virtual appearance during the broadcast and gave an empowering speech - Deadline reports

A beautiful medley was performed by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler honoring Stephen Sondheim. The tribute to Stephen and others was incredibly moving and poignant.

Will Smith Update 

In the days since the Oscars and the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock, many celebrities have spoken publicly about the infamous incident and whether the altercation was justified or not. Oscar host Amy Schumer referenced the slap as being about toxic masculinity - The Wrap Reports. Ana Navarro on The View said Will Smith’s projects shouldn’t be shelved. Denzel Washington was able to speak with Will shortly after the altercation - Deadline reports. Washington also appeared on stage with Bishop T.D. Jakes offered a spiritual perspective. 

The Academy started disciplinary proceedings against Smith, who submitted his resignation last week- Deadline reports. 

GLAAD Awards 
The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles. GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said:

“This year’s GLAAD Media Awards come at a time where LGBTQ visibility and storytelling can be the frontline response to a dangerous rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation around the country.” 

Check out this year’s winners

In Memoriam 

Actress Estelle Harris has passed away. She was most famous for her role as George Costanza’s mother Estelle on Seinfeld , voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story series and more

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Lauren Cali writes the weekly entertainment industry news blog for She’s a Social Media Specialist and a graduate of Elmhurst College.