Solemn yet Sensational! - Grammy Awards 2020

The Grammys are considered to be one of the biggest and most anticipated nights of the year and this year, it certainly didn’t disappoint us! It all started when the Recording Academy’s former president, Deborah Dugan accused the Academy’s board members of rigging the results of the Grammys. Talk about a dramatic start, eh? The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards was hosted by Alicia Keys, again, and saw quite a few ups and downs. We’ve got you covered on everything you need to know about the Grammys 2020!

Let’s start off with one of the most touching moments of the event. Alicia Keys addressed the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter just hours before the show, “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start a show like this,” she said. “We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” The famous boy band, Boyz II Men then walked on to the stage while a light illuminated two of Bryant’s Lakers Jerseys, and the band along with Keys sang a heart-wrenching acapella version of ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye’.

Talking of somber performances, everyone was quite surprised with Billie Eilish’s choice of song for her first ever Grammys performance. She went with a breathy and teary-eyed rendition of ‘When The Party’s Over’ that she performed with her brother, Finneas, and it would be an understatement to say that the audience was quite overwhelmed by the performance. But that’s not all Billie did. The teenage singer was nominated for a total of six Grammy awards, of which she took home five! Going up against Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers, Rosalia, Tank and the Bangas, and Yola; she snagged the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist, and also took home the Grammys for Best Song for her track ‘Bad Guy’ (she definitely deserved that one), Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Album of the Year. Yes, it’s safe to say the 18-year-old Billie Eilish (or should we say William Eyelash) swept the Grammys this year!

After her near-fatal overdose, back in 2018, a lot of fans were excited to see Demi Lovato deliver her comeback performance at the Grammys this year and we think she did a fantastic job of it! The singing star had a slightly bumpy start to her performance as she was in tears and needed to start over but once she did that, she simply belted out her new single, ‘Anyone’ (a song she had written just days before her overdose, making it that much more meaningful); doing her part to make the evening a touching and memorable one. On the subject of comebacks, another comeback we saw was 2019’s most played song, ‘Old Town Road’ making an appearance in 2020. After Lil Nas X along with Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, BTS (where’s the Army at?), and Nas himself performed a medley of ‘Old Town Road’ remixes that had everyone tapping their feet and bobbing their heads to what just might be the song of 2020 too!

Alicia Keys’ beautiful piano-accompanied monologue, which was part spoken and part sung, was another highlight of the night. When she said/sang, “We refuse the negative energy, we refuse the old systems, we want to be respected and safe in our diversity, we get to be different, we get to be unique,” we listened. As far as diversity goes, this year’s Grammys might have almost delivered, we think. Lil Nas X took home two Grammys, one for Best Music Video and the other for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Lizzo won the Grammys for Best Solo Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album, while the late Nipsey Hussle was posthumously awarded the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance Grammys, the latter of which he shared with DJ Khaled and John Legend for their collab, ‘Higher’. Tyler, the Creator snagged the Grammy for Best Rap Album while Cage The Elephant took home the Grammy for Best Rock ALbum.

Gary Clark Jr won the Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, 21 Savage and J Cole for Best Rap Song, and Dan + Shay for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The Queen Bee of LA, Beyonce took home the Grammy for Best Music Film while Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won the Grammys for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the work they did together in A Star is Born. Some of the other Grammy winners included Dave Chapelle who won the Best Comedy Album award, Anderson. Paak won the Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album awards, PJ Morton and Jojo won the Best R&B Song award,  and Elvis Costello & The Imposters won the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album award.

We can’t talk about the Grammys without talking about one particular person who was the surprise guest last year and won an award this year - Michelle Obama. The former first lady won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of her memoir, Becoming. This year also saw the sendoff of Ken Ehrlich, who has been producing the Grammys since 1980. The grand tribute included a stellar performance by Lang Lang and The War, Misty Copeland, Treaty, Debbie Allen, John Legend, Joshual Bell, and Ben Platt who sang ‘I Sing the Body Electric’ from the musical movie, Fame. The song was specially chosen by Ehlrich in order to emphasise the importance of music education in schools.

This year’s Grammys, as always, saw some amazing performances by the best talent the music industry has to offer, including Tyler, the Creator, H.E.R., Ariana Grande, Tanya Tucker, Camila Cabello, Usher, Jonas Brothers, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Aerosmith; all of whom performed their hearts out on the most important stage of the musical calendar. The two-time Grammy host, Alicia Keys, ended the night in the same way that she opened it, saying, “God bless Kobe’s family”; and there might not have been a better end to such a somber yet fantastic evening!     --- Tanya