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Photo: Bonnie Raitt | By Steve Hopkins, Joe.UK | Raitt’s reaction to winning is priceless! Bonnie Raitt appeared gobsmacked as she scooped the Song of the Year award at the Grammys on Sunday, beating a star-studded field that included superstars Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Adele and Harry Styles.

The 73-year-old singer’s ‘Just Like That’ beat Swift’s (All Too Well (10 Minute Version), Lizzo (About Damn Time), Styles (As It Was), Steve Lacy (Bad Habit), Gayle (abcdefu), Beyonce (Break My Soul), Adele (Easy On Me), DJ Khaled (God Did), and Kendrick Lamar (The Heart Part 5) to take home the coveted prize.

The performer stunned looked genuinely stunned when her name was read out and she made her way to the stage.

“I’m so surprised, I don’t know what to say,” she said.

“I don’t write a lot of songs but I’m so proud that you appreciate this one. I’m totally humbled.”

Raitt’s victory marked the first time a song penned by a solo songwriter had been victorious since the classic Rehab from the late Amy Winehouse won in 2008.

Raitt, who was presented the award by First Lady Jill Biden, paid tribute to the late singer-songwriter John Prine, who died of coronavirus in April of 2020.

Raitt described her victory in the loaded category as an “unreal moment” in honour of the track, which she said was inspired by organ donors, and Prine. [Read the lyrics below]
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[Thanks to COMBO Board Member Dr. Annette Cannon for submitting this article!]

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The Meaning Behind Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-Winning Song “Just Like That”

By Alli Patton, American Songwriter

On Sunday night, Feb. 5th, Bonnie Raitt took home Grammy Awards for Best Americana Performance and Best American Roots Song. There was one award she did not expect to win – Song of the Year for her 2022 hit, “Just Like That.”

The track, the only one nominated in the category with a single songwriter, went head-to-head against some of the night’s biggest songs, including hits from Adele, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Lizzo, and Taylor Swift.

Raitt’s self-penned “Just Like That,” tells a story, one born from selflessness and unconditional love.

The Origins
In conversation with American Songwriter, Raitt explained the inspiration for “Just Like That” came from a human interest piece that had been broadcast on the news. The story was about a woman who had donated her son’s heart after his death and was about to meet the organ’s recipient for the first time.

“I just lost it,” Raitt said of the moment the man let the mother hear her late son’s heart in his chest. “It was the most moving and surprising thing. I wasn’t expecting it. I vowed right then that I wanted to write a song about what that would take.”
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Photo: Bonnie Raitt w-Grammys

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