Awards season continues with the 2020 Grammys ceremony. It wouldn’t be a Grammys without star-studded performances, snubs, and surprises, all within a three-hour-long show. Nobody needs to sit through that long, so we’ve rounded up some of the biggest moments of this year’s Grammys right here.
1. Billie Eilish takes home fives Grammys
2019 was no doubt Billie Eilish‘s year, with the release of her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”. The 18-year-old singer won the awards for Best New Artist, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year. Whew. When you win that many awards, you start to run out of speeches, so by the time the L.A. pop star had to grace the stage again to collect ROTY, her speech was just a simple “Thank you… bye!” Couldn’t have said it any better.
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2. Tyler, The Creator wins Best Rap Album and calls out the Grammys for its racism
Our favourite Flower Boy completely ignored the steps to the stage and leapt to accept his well-deserved award for his album “IGOR” and was joined by his mother.
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020
Anyone who listened to the album knows there were zero rap songs on it, and Tyler used the post-Grammys interview to call out the institution for its racism: “It sucks that whenever we — and I mean guys that look like me — do anything that’s genre-bending .. they always put it in the rap or urban category. I don’t like that ‘urban’ word. It’s just a politically correct way to say the N-word to me.”
Watch the full interview below:
“It sucks that whenever we … guys that look like me, do anything that is genre-bending … they always put it in a rap or urban category.”@tylerthecreator had a couple of criticisms for the institution, after winning Best Rap Album at the #GRAMMYs. pic.twitter.com/XWIgrnwa9f
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 27, 2020
3. Kobe Bryant tribute
Just hours before the awards began, the world was shocked by the news that basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among a number of victims to have tragically passed in a helicopter accident. The retired NBA player made L.A. his home for the past 20 years, and his long list of accolades inspired an entire generation to yell his name whenever they threw a scrunched up piece of paper in the trash.
Opening the show was none other than flute sensation Lizzo, proclaiming “Tonight is for Kobe!”. Alicia Keys, host of last night’s show, brought out R&B group Boyz II Men to honour Kobe with the trio’s 90s classic “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. Speaking to the crowd at the Staples Centre, Keys said:
“Here we are together on music’s biggest night, celebrating the artists that do it best, but to be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”
4. FKA Twigs was in the tribute to Prince… but wasn’t asked to sing
Nearly four years after his death, Prince was honoured at the Grammys with a medley performed by Usher. He was accompanied by FKA Twigs, who did a pole routine and tango with him. Fans of the British artist were not happy and thought she was being reduced to a backup dancer. Nevertheless, she still killed it, and hopefully, the Academy will realise she has a lot more talents than just dancing.
— Pigeons & Planes (@PigsAndPlans) January 27, 2020
5. Nipsey Hussle tribute
Another California-based legend who was gone too soon, the Awards paid respects to the late rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, who was tragically killed in March 2019. The performance featured some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, including DJ Khaled, John Legend, YG, Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch. Meek debuted new song “Letter to Nipsey”, featuring Roddy, with all proceeds of the song going to Hussle’s family.
Listen to the track here:
At the end of the tribute, DJ Khaled got everyone to stand up from their seats, as an image of Hussle and Bryant projected behind the artists. He closed the performance by shouting, “Long live Nipsey. Long live Kobe.” Trust DJ Khaled to always know what to say.
Nipsey also posthumously won Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle”, and Hussle’s family took to the stage to accept the award on his behalf. “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,” Nipsey’s grandmother said.
Featured image via Instagram @recordingacademy.
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