The Grammys are nothing shy of glamorous, celebratory and emotional, and this year’s award ceremony was no different. For the second year, Alicia Keys impressed the audience as a host, taking over the stage with excitement, love and grace.
The 62nd Grammy Awards had an unexpected and heartbreaking start which was unlike anything from previous years. Keys started the show with a beautiful musical monologue tribute to the late Kobe Bryant who had passed earlier that day in a helicopter crash.
Her powerful words, “We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” resonated with the entire audience and viewers. Many of the performers and celebrities took it upon themselves to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant during the show with kind words and features of his Lakers jersey.
The performances during the ceremony ranged from upbeat pop to heartfelt. Performers such as Lizzo, The Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish, Tyler, the Creator and Ariana Grande lit up the room with their classic yet lovable radio hits.
Artists Camila Cabello and Demi Lovato evoked an immense amount of emotion from the audience. Cabello performed her original song, “First Man,” which she surrendered to her father. Lovato sang her tear-jerking song “Anyone” that was written just days before her overdose and left the crowd in a standing ovation.
Musical tributes to Prince performed by Usher, Sheila E. and FKA Twigs, as well as a tribute to Nipsey Hussle from John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Roddy Rich also happened. Khalid and Legend later were awarded a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for their song “Higher” which was in collaboration with Nipsey Hussle.
Billie Eilish stole the show bringing home five Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist of the Year and Record of the Year.
Eilish, at only 18 years old, is the youngest artist to win the four-fecta. Christopher Cross is the only other individual to achieve it when he won four awards in 1981.
Eilish’s older brother, Finneas, took the Grammy for Producer of the Year.
Tyler, the Creator won Best Rap Album for “Igor,” Dan + Shay won Best Country Album and Lizzo won a Grammy for Pop Solo Performance.
Many were blown away from the performances, wins and fashion statements made at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Cheers to another year of celebration and bonding through the power of music.