When you hear about the 2020 Grammys, you’re sure to hear something about the 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish. Eilish took home five awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Additionally, Eilish made Grammy history because the youngest person ever to win Album of the Year.
Another shining star was host Alicia Keys, who delivered a touching response to the tragic, unexpected death of NBA star Kobe Bryant just hours earlier that day. After a gap performance from Lizzo who prefaced her performance by saying “Tonight is for Kobe,” Keys told the audience that “We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, within the house that Kobe Bryant built.” Boyz II Men joined her onstage, and also the group performed the song It’s So Hard to mention Goodbye to Yesterday to pay tribute to Bryant within the Staples Center where he played for the l. a. Lakers during his record-breaking career.
Keys later sat down at her piano, telling the audience she, “need[ed] to serenade y’all for a second.” She addressed the recent controversy surrounding the Recording Academy’s dismissal of chief executive Deborah Dugan and Dugan’s ensuing lawsuit against the Academy. Keys told the audience “It’s time for newness. and that we refuse the negative energy… we wish to be respected and safe in our diversity. we wish to be shifting to realness and inclusivity.” She delivered a rendition of Lewis Capaldi’s Someone you really liked, name-dropping many of the massive performers.
The night celebrated a number of the largest names within the industry, with almost twenty performances throughout the show. there have been many amazing standouts, but also quite some performances that left critics and viewers confused and disappointed. Among the simplest of the night came from Demi Lovato; Tyler, the Creator; Lil Nas X (and his many, many accompanying artists); Lizzo; and Billie Eilish. As mentioned earlier, Lizzo opened the show with Cuz i really like You and Truth Hurts in the middle of an ensemble of diverse background dancers and a sweeping orchestra. Later, Tyler, the Creator was joined by Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men, performing EARFQUAKE which then transitioned to NEW MAGIC WAND. Lil Nas X performed his most wanted hit Old Town Road, with K-pop band BTS, viral internet sensation Mason Ramsey (better referred to as Yodeling Boy) and, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus. Billie Eilish did what she does best, performing an easy and chill-inducing rendition of When The Party’s Over together with her brother Finneas O’Connell. Demi Lovato performed for the primary time since being hospitalized for a drug overdose in 2018, singing her new song Anyone that she wrote four days before her overdose.
Big Winners of the Night include Lizzo for Best Pop Solo Performance with Truth Hurts, Dan + Shay for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Speechless, Tyler, the Creator for Rap Album of the Year with IGOR and after all, the coronation of contemporary music’s new queen, Billie Eilish.