Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy Award-Winning Song “Just Like That”: A Summary
Bonnie Raitt is no stranger to success. After a long career of five decades, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee was awarded the 2021 Grammy for Song of the Year for “Just Like That.” In her acceptance speech, Raitt expressed her appreciation for the Academy and its support of the art of songwriting.
The song was inspired by the story of someone who donated their organs to help another person live. The accompanying album, Just Like That…, was self-produced and recorded in Sausalito, California in the summer of 2021. The musician was accompanied by bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar, keyboardist and backing vocalist Glenn Patscha, and guitarist Kenny Greenberg.
In addition to Song of the Year, Raitt’s song was also awarded Best American Roots Song. She also picked up a trophy earlier in the night with “Made Up My Mind” for Best Americana Performance.
In the press room following her acceptance speech, Raitt expressed her surprise at being awarded the song of the year at 73 years old. She thanked her loyal fans for sticking with her and expressed her gratitude for being able to continue to do what she loves.
Raitt’s song was up against some of the biggest names in music including Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, Gayle, DJ Khaled, Harry Styles, Steve Lacy, and Lizzo. She beat out some of the most talented musicians in the industry and is a testament to the power of her songwriting and her commitment to her craft.
Raitt’s award-winning song is a reminder of the power of music and the ability of songwriters to create works that can move us and inspire us. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion of the artist and her team. As Raitt said in her acceptance speech, “I thank my team for helping me get this record out and thank you so much. I’m just totally humbled. I really appreciate it. Thank you.”