This Sunday, performers and artists from all over the world made their dreams come true, standing on stage before peers and friends and bringing home the fruit of their hard work.
The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on Sunday, January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, hosted for the second year in a row by Alicia Keys. The 2020 Grammys were surprising to many fans, with some artists going home empty-handed and others winning multiple awards. Here are some of the night’s best and most surprising moments.
Boyz II Men paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in a performance with Alicia Keys. Bryant’s jerseys were also hung in the venue and lit by spotlights in remembrance of him.
The Big Four awards- best album, record of the year, song of the year, and best new artist- were all won by Billie Eilish, making her the second artist in history to achieve this. Some fans were surprised, having expected some of the awards to go to Lizzo or Ariana Grande. Billie Eilish’s short acceptance speeches also made headlines.
Rising stars and popular artists shook the stage that night, with special performances featuring artists like BTS. Although fans of the k-pop boy group were excited that BTS would be performing for the first time at the Grammys even without a nomination, many were frustrated by the fact that BTS had under a minute of screentime which they shared with Lil Nas X for a special version of Old Town Road. Fans also objected to the performance because of the fact that the leader, RM, was the only member to actually collaborate with Lil Nas X for an Old Town Remix: Seoul Town Road, meaning the other six members did not have many lines for the Grammy performance.
Lizzo was nominated for 8 categories, the most nominations by any artist this year. She won Best Pop Solo Performance with Truth Hurts, and Best Traditional R&B Performance with Jerome.
Ben Platt, Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Lang Lang, and others performed “I Sing the Body Electric”, from the musical Fame.