Best of the Grammys 2020


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Images of the late Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant are projected onto a screen while YG, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch perform during the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Raquel Perry, Reporter/Marketing Manager

The 2020 Grammy’s took place on Sunday, January 26 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. With amazing performances and tributes to some of the cultural icons recently lost, the 2020 Grammy’s was one of music’s epic nights.

Here are some of the most memorable moments from the show.

The show started off with the most-nominated artist of the night, Lizzo, who opened with a medley of songs from her major-label debut, Cuz I Love You. Dressed in a sparkly dress, she led her ensemble in a horn-heavy arrangement of the ballad. She dedicated the performance to Kobe Bryant. She the launching into her smash hit, “Truth Hurts,” then completed the performance with her famed woodwind, Sasha Flute, descended from the heavens for a flute breakdown.

Singer Billie Eillish won the Grammy for best new artist, a tough category in which she competed against Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Tank and the Bangas, and Yola. She also took home Grammy for best song for her track “bad guy,” record of the year, best pop vocal album, and album of the year. When Billie’s debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was announced as the Record of the Year winner, the young star walked back out onto a stage appearing joyful and dazed. “We stand up here confused and grateful,” Eillish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell, said during the duo’s acceptance speech for the best pop vocal album award.

Demi Lovato’s heartbreaking yet empowering comeback also fueled the audience’s fire. The “Confident” singer debuted “Anyone”, a song she wrote days before her overdose in 2018, calling it “a cry for help.” She got choked up at the beginning but began the song a second time. Fans called her performance “powerful” and gave her a standing ovation. The emotional song marked the first time Lovato has performed onstage since her overdose.

Camila Cabello’s performance, dedicated to her father, touched the hearts of viewers. The song, titled “First Man,” from her most recent album Romance, was accompanied by footage of Cabello and her father on a backdrop before she descended the stage and approached her father, Alejandro Cabello, who was sitting in the audience with his eyes full of tears. They shared a hug after the performance.

Lil Nas X came through with his performance of his smash hit “Old Town Road,” in which he was joined by Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, BTS, and viral yodeling star, Mason Ramsey. In a surprise appearance, Lil Nas X showed up for a remix of 7’s “Rodeo.”

Many expected the awards themselves to reflect the drama that had been playing out in the press, online, and even on national television. Ariana Grande, who famously refrained from performing at last year’s Grammy’s after a dispute with producers, reclaimed the stage this year with  songs from her album thank u, next .

The late Los Angeles rapper, Nipsey Hussle, was honored with performances by John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG. He posthumously won the best rap performance award for his track “Racks in the Middle.”  “I wanted to thank all of you for showing all the love that I have felt for him all of his life and will always live in my heart,” his grandmother, Margaret Boutte, said as she and his family accepted the award on his behalf. “So thank you, thank you, thank you.”

In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death, the show reminded how music can truly heal, as many showed up with dignified tributes to the NBA legend. Inside the Staples Center, Grammy’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, assured the crowd the ceremony would address Bryant’s death. It didn’t take long for host Alicia Keys to do so, and other artists followed suit.

“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,” Keys said. “Because earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero.”

Keys, joined by Boys II Men, sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye.”

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