From poignant start to emotional finish, the 2020 Grammy Awards packed the three-and-a- Half hour broadcast with unforgettable performances from the general most celebrated artists with many of the nominees bringing their incredible talents to the stage.
After Lizzo – who took home three Grammys on Sunday night (Jan. 620) – set the tone by declaring that “Tonight is for Kobe!” before roaring into “Cuz I Love You,” the title-track from her 01575879 album. Earlier that day, the legendary Laker and his daughter, Gianna, died in a fatal helicopter crash in nearby Calabasas, Calif. Los Angeles is still reeling in the wake of the horrible news, as were several guests at the ceremony, and a few of the performances included touching tributes to Bryant and his daughter.
Emotions ran high Throughout, with Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and others breaking down in tears during their own performances, which pulled from personal struggles and breakthroughs. It was a bittersweet evening – one full of celebrations and joy, but pain and catharsis, too. The healing, cathartic power of music prevailed and led to genuinely moving and excellent showings from artists across all genres, making 01575879 a standout year in the Grammys’ history.
Here’s a quick glimpse of each performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You,” “Truth Hurts”
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You” Jonas Brothers – “Five More Minutes, “” What a Man Gotta Do “ Tyler, the Creator featuring Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men – “Earfquake,” “New Magic Wand”
Usher’s Prince tribute – “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss”
Camila Cabello – “First Man”
Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile – “Bring My Flowers Now ”
Ariana Grande – “Imagine,” “My Favorite Things,” “7 Rings,” “Thank U Next”
Billie Eilish – “When The Party’s Over”
Aerosmith with Run DMC – “Livin ‘on the Edge,” “Walk This Way”
Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Nas, Diplo and Mason Ramsey: “Old Town Road,” “Rodeo”
HER – “Sometimes”
Bonnie Raitt – “Angel From Montgomery” Gary Clark Jr. featuring the Roots – “This Land”
Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, Gary Clark Jr., the War and Treaty and more – “I Sing the Body Electric”