Music’s biggest night: Grammys 2020 highlights
It’s music’s biggest night – but this year’s Grammy Awards took on a mournful tone as stars and fans paid tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The show opened with tributes to Bryant from Lizzo and Grammys host Alicia Keys. The Los Angeles Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash earlier Sunday. The Grammys are being held in the Staples Center, where the Lakers play their home games.
Lizzo leads the nominations, with eight, including record, album and song of the year. Lil Nas X was nominated six times, as was Billie Eilish. While Eilish is currently 18, she was just 17 years old when the nominations were announced, making her the youngest artist in Grammys history to be nominated in all four major categories at the same time. These three artists, and many more, will be performing during the show.
The Recording Academy will also honor slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, who posthumously won the Grammy for best rap performance. DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill and others will be paying tribute.
Last year, former first lady Michelle Obama was a surprise guest at the Grammys. This year, she won the award for best spoken word album for the audio version of her memoir, “Becoming.”
Record of the Year
- “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish — Winner
Album of the Year
- “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish — Winner
Best New Artist
- Billie Eilish was awarded “Best New Artist” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards
Alicia Keys: “We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built”
Host Alicia Keys also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant at the top of the award show, noting, “We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”
Boyz II Men then joined Keys onstage and sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
— CBS (@CBS) January 27, 2020
Nipsey Hussle remembered with all-star performance
Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, who won Best Rap Performance — and has two Grammy nominations including Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Higher” with DJ Khaled and John Legend — was remembered with an all-star tribute. The performance kicked off with Meek Mill before John Legend, DJ Khaled and gospel singer Kirk Franklin joined together to perform the nominated track.
They ended the performance with images of Nipsey and Kobe Bryant displayed on a screen as they paid their respects.
Song of the Year
- “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) — Winner
Best Rap/Sung Performance
- “Higher” — DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend — Winner
Demi Lovato makes comeback with powerful performance
In her first major comeback since her 2018 overdose, Demi Lovato delivered an emotional performance of her song, “Anyone.” Lovato was so overwhelmed, she had to restart the song shortly after she began, and a tear could be seen rolling down her cheek.
In an interview with New Music Daily with Zane Lowe for Apple Beats 1, Demi Lovato revealed the song was written just days before her near-fatal overdose, and saw the song as a “cry for help.” Demi Lovato is now clean and sober and is gearing up to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl.
Lovato released the track shortly after the performance.
— Team Demi (@ddlovato) January 27, 2020