BILLIE EILISH WINS BIG AT ‘GRAMMY AWARDS’ – (01/27/2020)
The biggest night in music, the Grammy Awards, went down Sunday night in L.A. at the Staples Center airing live on CBS, with Alicia Keys hosting for the second year running. The non-televised portion 62nd Grammy Awards began with a moment of silence for NBA star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.
Going in, Lizzo led the nominations with eight, including Record, Album and Song of the Year. Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X were nominated six times; Eilish, now 18, was 17 when the nominations were announced, making her the youngest artist in Grammys history to get nods in all four major categories at the same time.
Eilish swept the show. She took home Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album. Her brother Finneas won Producer of the Year for his work with her.
Lizzo was also a big winner, walking away with Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album. The late Nipsey Hussle landed Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
HIGHLIGHTS & PERFORMANCES
Before the show kicked off, Ozzy Osbourne made his first major red carpet appearance following his revelation that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The 71-year-old carried a cane and was joined by his daughter, Kelly Osbourne.
Lizzo got the party started in true glam glory performing a medley of her hits starting with “Cuz I Love You,” while occasionally hopping on the flute. Before she got started, she announced: “Tonight is for Kobe.” Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay.
Keys took to the stage and immediately brought the room to tears with her thoughtful and heartfelt words about Bryant’s unexpected passing. She was joined by Boyz II Men to sing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye.”
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani sang “Nobody But You,” and nope, their love story played out onstage still isn’t old.
Keys spoke, and then sang an incredible song about the transformations we’re seeing in music, culture and the wide world; she spoke and sang of hope despite tragedy and chaos. Keys also delivered the message again and again that “music is love.”
The Jonas Brothers performed “What a Man Gotta Do,” along with an unreleased single.
Lizzo gave a rousing, emotional speech thanking her many supporters, and reminding fans to “lift each other up” and keep their struggles in perspective, saying “All of my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone.”
Tyler the Creator put us under a spell with an energetic, dystopian “New Magic Wand.”
Usher, FKA Twigs and Sheila E. performed a Prince tribute with a medley, which kicked off with “Little Red Corvette.” Reception on social media was mixed. The performance teased “Lets Go Crazy: A Grammy Salute to Prince” airing Tuesday, January 28th on CBS.
Camila Cabello reminded why she’s still Daddy’s girl in “First Man.”
Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker performed “Bring My Flowers Now,” hitting an unexpectedly timely note, as many pointed out on social media.
Ariana Grande performed what started out as a nostalgic medley, including “Imagine” and “7 Rings,” that still managed to morph into steamy sass with lingerie, and yes, “Thank u, Next.”
Eilish took the stage with her closest friend and collaborator, her brother Finneas and sang “When the Party’s Over.”
Aerosmith hit the stage with “Living on the Edge,” then went into “Walk Like This” with Run DMC literally busting in and joining the party. Run DMC paid tribute to their late band member Jam Master Jay by using his logo as a backdrop.
Tyler the Creator brought his mom onstage with him to accept the award for Best Rap Album, and he thanked her and his supporters for believing in him through it all.
Lil Nas X performed “Old Town Road,” with BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and Billy Ray Cyrus, and it was a bizarre, genre-bending and fabulous glitter bomb.
Everyone listened when Demi Lovato returned with a raw, but beautifully done “Anyone.”
DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch, John Legend and Meek Mill paid stirring tribute performing “Higher,” to the late Hussle, who won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance posthumously and Best Rap/Sung Performance. After the performance, they also hailed Kobe Bryant.
Flamenco darling Rosalia took the stage with a mesmerizing performance that put dancing center stage during “Juro Que.”
DJ Khaled and John Legend didn’t leave a dry eye in the house when accepting the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for their late friend Hussle.
Gary Clark Jr. delivered a powerful “This Land,” after scoring Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.
Eilish and Finneas accepted the award for Album of the Year, saying they were “confused and grateful.”
GRAMMY WINNER MONTAGE:
Record of the Year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
Best New Artist: Billie Eilish
Song of the Year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Higher,” DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
Best Rap Album: Igor, Tyler, The Creator
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Speechless,” Dan + Shay
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Look Now, Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Best Pop Vocal Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
Best Dance Recording: “Got to Keep On,” The Chemical Brothers
Best Dance/Electronic Album: No Geography, The Chemical Brothers
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Mettavolution, Rodrigo y Gabriela
Best Rock Performance: “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.
Best Metal Performance: “7empest,” Tool
Best Rock Song: “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
Best Rock Album: Social Cues, Cage the Elephant
Best Alternative Music Album: Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance: “Come Home,” Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jerome,” Lizzo
Best R&B Song: “Sayso,” PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Best R&B Album: Ventura, Anderson .Paak
Best Rap Performance: “Racks in the Middle,” Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
Best Rap Song: “A Lot,” Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)
Best Country Solo Performance: “Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson
Best Country Song: “Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
Best Country Album: While I’m Livin’, Tanya Tucker
Best New Age Album: Wings, Peter Kater
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album: 12 Little Spells, Esperanza Spalding
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Finding Gabriel, Brad Mehldau
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Omni-American Book Club, Brian Lynch Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: Antidote, Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band
Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Love Theory,” Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “God Only Knows,” for King & Country & Dolly Parton; Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
Best Gospel Album: Long Live Love, Kirk Franklin
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album: Testimony, Gloria Gaynor
Best Latin Pop Album: El Mal Querer, Rosalia
Best Regional Mexican Album (Including Tejano): De Ayer Para Siempre, Mariachi Los Camperos
Best Tropical Latin Album: Opus, Marc Anthony; A Journey Through Cuban Music, Aymée Nuviola
Best American Roots Performance: “Saint Honesty,” Sara Bareilles
Best American Roots Song: “Call My Name,” Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)
Best Americana Album: Oklahoma, Keb’ Mo’
Best Bluegrass Album: Tall Fiddler, Michael Cleveland
Best Traditional Blues Album: Tall, Dark & Handsome, Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
Best Contemporary Blues Album: This Land, Gary Clark Jr.
Best Folk Album: Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Good Time, Ranky Tanky
Best Reggae Album: Rapture, Koffee
Best World Music Album: Celia, Angelique Kidjo
Best Comedy Album: Dave Chappelle
Best Children’s Music Album: Ageless Songs for the Child Archetype, Jon Samson
Best Spoken Word Album: Becoming, Michelle Obama
Best Musical Theater Album: Hadestown
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: A Star Is Born
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Chernobyl
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “I’ll Never Love Again” (Film Version), From: A Star Is Born
Best Instrumental Composition: “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite,” John Williams, composer (John Williams)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella: “Moon River,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “All Night Long,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)
Best Recording Package: Chris Cornell
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive
Best Album Notes: Stax ’68: A Memphis Story, Steve Greenberg, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Best Historical Album: Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Finneas
Best Remixed Recording: “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix),” Tracy Young, remixer (Madonna)
Best Immersive Audio Album: Lux, Morten Lindberg, immersive audio engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive audio producer (Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor)
Best Engineered Album, Classical: Riley: Sun Rings, Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; Robert C. Ludwig, mastering engineer (Kronos Quartet)
Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh
Best Orchestral Performance: Norman: Sustain, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Best Opera Recording: Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Gil Rose, conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus)
Best Choral Performance: Durufle: Complete Chroral Works, Robert Simpson, conductor (Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Shaw Orange, Attacca Quartet
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite,” Nicola Benedetti; Cristian Mãcelaru, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Songplay, Joyce DiDonato; Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter & Craig Terry, accompanists (Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco)
Best Classical Compendium: The Poetry of Places, Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Higdon: Harp Concerto, Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
Best Music Video: “Old Town Road (Official Movie),” Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
Best Music Film: Homecoming