Lizzo and Alicia Keys set the tone of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, right from the start on Sunday night as both mournful and celebratory, with both addressing the death earlier that day of the basketball star Kobe Bryant.
Alicia Keys is the host of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Lizzo opened the show, declaring, ‘Tonight is for Kobe.’
Lizzo announced, Tonight is for Kobe and went straight into a bold, full-throated medley of her songs “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts,” backed up by a mini orchestra and surrounded by ballerinas with otherworldly lights in their tutus.
Keys, the host for the night, followed her by walking solemnly to the center stage and saying softy, “Here we are together, on music’s biggest night, celebrating the artists that do it best, but to be honest with you we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now.”
“We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” Keys went on to say, a reference to Staples Center, the arena where Bryant, who died at 41 in a helicopter crash on Sunday, played for much of his N.B.A. career.
She then invited members of the group Boyz II Men to the stage and sang part of their elegiac song “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” with them.
Among the top nominated artists included Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Talyor Swift, Ariana Grande and Beyonce.
Heading into the televised event the Recording Academy has become mired in controversy after it placed its CEO Deborah Dugan on leave.
Lizzo got the Best Pop Solo Performance award for ‘Truth Hurts’ onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
“62nd Grammy Awards” kicked off on a bittersweet note Sunday. The Performers paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, who passed away in a helicopter crash earlier in the day. The awards ceremony took place at Los Angeles’s Staples Center where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lizzo, Alicia Keys, DJ Khalid, Lil Nas X, Aerosmith and RUN-D.M.C. each paid tribute to the iconic basketball player either through words or by flashing his jersey to the crowd.
Lizzo, the pop and R&B star of hits like “Truth Hurts,” “Juice” and “Good as Hell,” was nominated for eight awards, the most of any other nominee. She is a first-time Grammy nominee.
Lizzo garnered a Grammy win for best traditional R&B performance for the “Jerome” and best urban contemporary album for “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe).”
Singer Billie Eilish of “Bad Guy” is up for six prizes and is the youngest artist to be nominated for the top four categories at the Grammys. She also performed alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell.
Rob Kinelski,Elish, O’Connell, and John Greenham won best engineered album (non-classical) for “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Eilish also won for best pop vocal album.
The rapper behind “Old Town Road”, Lil Nas X also received six nods and took the stage with Billy Ray Cyrus, Korean Pop sensation BTS, DJ phenomenon Diplo and Mason Ramsey, the kid who went viral for yodeling at a Walmart.
Cryus and Lil Nas X also won best music video and best pop duo/group performance ahead of the televised portion of the Grammy Awards.
On Sunday, Demi Lovato also took the stage, marking her first performance since her 2018 overdose. She was clearly emotional while singing a new song called “Anyone,” a piece she said she wrote just a few days before her hospitalization.
The Recording Academy has become mired in controversy, after it placed its CEO Deborah Dugan on leave saying that Dugan had created a hostile work environment in her short time at the helm. Dugan also claims her removal was retribution for raising complaints about sexual harassment and her attempts to add more diversity to the Academy.
“Dugan” even recieved some of the nominations for the “Grammy Awards”. It’s not clear how these rumors will impact the show or any acceptance speeches.
Below is the Lil Nas X (C) and BTS performance onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Grammy 2020 winners of the televised awards are below
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Truth Hurts” — Lizzo (WINNER)
“Spirit” — Beyonce
”Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish
”7 Rings” — Ariana Grande
”You Need to Calm Down” — Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Speechless”— Dan + Shay (WINNER)
“Common” — Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile
”Brand New Man” — Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs
”I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” — Brothers Osborne
”The Daughters” — Little Big Town.
Best Comedy Album
“Sticks & Stones” — Dave Chappelle (WINNER)
“Quality Time” — Jim Gaffigan
”Relatable” — Ellen DeGeneres
”Right Now” — Aziz Ansari
”Son of Patricia” — Trevor Noah
Best Rap Album
“IGOR” — Tyler, the Creator (WINNER)
“Revenge of the Dreamers III” — Dreamville
”Championships” — Meek Mill
”I AM > I Was” — 21 Savage
”The Lost Boy” — YBN Cordae
Song of the Year
“Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish (WINNER)
“Always Remember Us This Way” — Lady Gaga
”Bring My Flowers Now” — Brandi Carlile
”Hard Place” — H.E.R.“Lover” — Taylor Swift
”Norman F—— Rockwell” — Lana Del Rey
”Someone You Love” — Lewis Capaldi
”Truth Hurts” — Lizzo
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Higher” — DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend (WINNER)
“Drip Too Hard” — Lil Baby and Gunna
”Panini” — Lil Nas X
”Ballin” — Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch
”The London” — Young Thug featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott
Below is the US rapper Tyler, the Creator accepts the award for Best Rap Album alongside his mom during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.