2020 Grammy Awards Recap

Breanna Moore, Layout and Team Design Leader

On January 26th, the 62nd annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony recognized the best songs, albums, performances, and musicians from the previous year, stretching from October 1st, 2018 to August 31, 2019. Artists ranging from all different genres of music came together under one roof to celebrate and honor their fellow creators within the industry, from country to rock to pop. Here is an overview of some of the performances, category winners, and other special events that occurred during the evening.
Tragically, earlier in the day before the Grammys began, NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were both killed in a helicopter crash. The sudden loss of such an inspirational individual took America by storm, including the music community. Throughout the night, several tributes and dedications were made in honor of those who lost their lives in the crash.
The host for this year’s ceremony was Alicia Keys, who has won 15 Grammys in her music career. Her, along with Boys II Men, gave a beautiful tribute to Kobe and his family at the start of the show. Alicia also shared a short speech on the power and importance of music in the world and how it is the only universal language.
There were many performances that went on throughout the evening. From musicians singing their smash hits, to unique collaborations, to stunning tributes. Some of the performers consisted of Lizzo, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Jonas Brothers, Tyler The Creator with Boys II Men and Charlie Wilson, Camila Cabello, Tanya Tucker with Brandi Carlile, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Aerosmith with Run-DMC, Rosalia, H.E.R., Gary Clark Jr. and the Roots. Demi Lovato gave her first performance since her nearly lethal overdose in 2018. Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Diplo, and Mason Ramsey performed a remix of the smash hit “Old Town Road”. John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, YG, and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle. Bonnie Raitt performed a tribute to John Prine. Usher and Sheila E. gave a stunning tribute performance in honor of Prince.
Not only was there an incredible display of talent on the stage, but there was also much recognition to those who got to take home a Grammy. Here is a rundown of some of the artists and creators who won some of the most notable and honorable awards:

Record of the Year went to Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy”.
Album of the Year went to Billie Eilish for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”.
Best New Artist went to Billie Eilish.
Song of the Year went to Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy”.
Best Rap/Sung Performance went to DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend for “Higher”.
Best Rap Album went to Tyler The Creator for “IGOR”.
Best Comedy Album went to Dave Chapelle for “Sticks & Stones”.
Best Country Duo/Group Performance went to Dan + Shay for “Speechless”.
Best Pop Solo Performance went to Lizzo for “Truth Hurts”.
Best Pop Vocal Album went to Billie Eilish for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance went to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road”.
Best Urban Contemporary Album went to Lizzo for “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)”.
Best Traditional R&B Performance went to Lizzo for “Jerome”.
Best R&B Song went to Pj Morton featuring Jojo for “Say So”.
Best Rock Album went to Cage The Elephant for “Social Cues”.
Best Music Video went to Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road (Official Movie)”.
Best Dance/Electronic Album went to The Chemical Brothers for “No Geography”.
Best Country Album went to Tanya Tucker for “While I’m Livin’”.

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