The 2020 Grammy awards were held on Sunday 26.01.2020 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, USA. The 62nd awards ceremony was hosted by singer Alicia Keys for the second time running and awarded the best of best in the world of music.
This Grammy awards ceremony was a bittersweet one, fallen stars Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle were remembered and there were some amazing wins that night. The awards were also said to have been lacking in diversity and that the voting system was flawed.
With that said, here are the seven top highlights from the awards ceremony.
1. Kobe Bryant tributes
Although the Grammys are typically a vibrant celebration of the most talented artists in the industry, this year’s show took on a more sombre tone as musicians honoured NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna aka Gigi died Sunday in a helicopter crash.
The tributes began with Lizzo’s performance of ‘Cuz I Love You’ and ‘Truth Hurts,’ after which she declared, “Tonight is for Kobe.”
Lizzo was followed by Alicia Keys, the show’s host, who took a moment as the ceremony got underway to reflect on the Bryants. Keys, joined by Boyz II Men, sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye
2. Nipsey Hussle Tribute
The late Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle was honoured with performances by John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG.
The artist, who died in March 2019, posthumously won the best rap performance award for his track “Racks in the Middle,” a collaboration featuring Ricch and Hit-Boy.
The song ‘Higher’ by Dj Khaled, John Legend featuring the late Nipsey also won a Grammy for the Best Rap/Sung Performance.
“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.”
3. Koffee’s historic win
Jamaican songstress Koffee has bagged the best Reggae album award. The 19-year-old reggae sensation born Mickayla Simpson became the youngest and the only woman to be awarded and nominated for a Grammy in her category.
In her acceptance speech, she paid her respects to Julian Marley, Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics, Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage “for all the input them have made in the reggae industry. This one is for Reggae. This one is for Jamaica.”
‘Toast’ has been Koffee’s breakout song from her Reggae EP album ‘Rapture’ which was released in 2019, since then, it became a massive hit snatching the hearts of many globally with its compulsive beats.
4. Billie Eilish wins five Grammys
Billie Eilish was the ultimate winner at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Eilish first gained traction after she uploaded a song called ‘Ocean Eyes’ on SoundCloud in 2016, but 2019 proved to be a breakout year for the 18-year-old artist.
Her album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and on the UK Albums Chart, making her the first artist born in the 2000s to have a No. 1 album in the United States and the youngest female ever to have a No. 1 album in the United Kingdom.
She took home Grammys for best song for her track ‘bad guy’, record of the year, best pop vocal album, best new artist and album of the year as well.
5. Angelique Kidjo dedicates her award to Burna Boy
World-renowned Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo won a Grammy award for ‘Best World Music’ for her album ‘Celia,’ and she used the opportunity to shout out fellow artist Burna Boy, who was also up for the award.
While accepting her award, the singer took the time to praise the wealth of new talent coming from the continent. “The new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm and the time has come.”
Kidjo and Burna Boy collaborated on the track “Different” a standout from his hit album African Giant, that also features Damian Marley. Burna Boy has expressed being a major fan of the celebrated artist on several occasions.
This marks Kidjo’s fourth Grammy win. Her album Celia pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz, who Kidjo described as someone who “never shied away from her African heritage.”
Camila Cabello serenades dad
Camila Cabello’s Grammys performance struck an emotional chord with viewers, who said her song reminded them of the Bryant family.
While singing, Cabello descended the stage and approached her father, Alejandro Cabello, as pictures of her childhood appeared on a screen behind her. Her father appeared to cry as she sang to him, and they shared a hug after the performance.
Demi Lovato sings the last song she wrote prior to her overdose
Demi Lovato debuted ‘Anyone,’ a song she wrote days before her overdose, calling it “a cry for help.”
The ‘Confident’ singer got choked up and began the song a second time, but that was of no importance to fans who called her performance “powerful” and gave her a standing ovation. The emotional song marked the first time Lovato has performed onstage since the overdose in 2018.
She will also perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl on February 2nd 2020, adding to a stacked halftime lineup that includes Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Other monumental moments at the Grammys this year included singer Lizzo’s triple Grammy awards out of the total 8 nominations she had received. Former US First lady Michelle Obama also scooped the family’s third Grammy when she won the Best spoken word album for her book ‘Becoming’. Beyonce won her 24th Grammy when she bagged a Grammy for the Best music film for ‘Homecoming’.