Billie Eilish ruled the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards 2020 held on Sunday night at the Staples Center. The idontwannabeyouanymore singer stole the night by winning five awards including best new artist, album of the year and song of the year for Bad Guy.
Tributes poured in for basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others a few hours before the show begun. Everyone was heartbroken as the Staples Center was like Bryant’s home where he played for the Lakers since the past 20 years. “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” host Alicia Keys said.
From Pop solo performance winner Lizzo to DJ Khaled to a strategically placed jersey in Lil Nas X’s staging of Old Town Road tributes to Bryant kept pouring in throughout the show. Nipsey Hussle, who passed away at the mere age of 33 after being shot last April was also paid a tribute by DJ Khaled and John Legend who sang Higher in his memory.
Demi Lovato make a triumphant return to the stage for the first time since her near-death experience after a drug overdose in July 2018. She sang her new song Anyone, which she wrote a few days before being hospitalized for an overdose back in 2018. The Stone Cold singer got emotional and choked after singing her first line, she then started over and received a standing ovation for her heartbreaking performance.
Best country album and song winner Tanya Tucker left the crowd in awe with Bring My Flowers Now, accompanied by Brandi Carlile on piano. The song is about cherishing your loved ones while you can. “We all think we got the time until we don’t,” Tucker sang.