The 62nd annual GRAMMY Awards took place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and saw a number of performances to cap a promising year in music.
Host Alicia Keys kicked off the ceremony by paying tribute to Kobe Bryant who passed just the morning of the award show, also singing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” by and with Boyz II Men. “Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit, in our hearts, in our prayers, in this building — and I’d like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this,” she said in her monolog.
Lizzo, who led the ceremony with eight nominations, also started her powerful “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts” medley dedicated to the beloved basketball star. Lil Nas X opted for a more subtle tribute, opening his “Old Town Road” performance with a #24 jersey on the chair next to him. He continued to bring out BTS, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo and Mason Ramsey for the song, followed by a surprise appearance from Nas for “Rodeo.”
John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, YG, Roddy Ricch and Kirk Franklin came together for the late Nipsey Hussle, who posthumously won Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle.” The tribute consisted of Mill and Ricch opening the set, followed by a rendition of “Higher” with Legend and DJ Khaled. YG joined the stage in all-red ensemble, completing the tribute.
The night saw another tribute to the late Prince, performed by Usher, FKA twigs and Prince’s long-time friend Sheila E. Channelling the swagger of Prince, Usher kicked off the set in a sparkling getup for “Little Red Corvette.” Sheila E. joined in on the drums and supporting vocals for “When Doves Cry” and “Kiss,” while FKA twigs opted to dance for the lively tribute.
Winners like Rosalía, Tyler, the Creator and Billie Eilish took to the stage for special performances, with the Spanish songstress bringing on dancers and flamenco guitarists for “Juro Que” and “MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio),” the rapper doing “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND” with Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson, and Eilish accompanied by her brother Finneas for an emotional version of “when the party’s over.” Nominee Ariana Grandeshowcased a classical set for “imagine” and “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Musicbefore transitioning into a pink-tinged performance of “7 rings” and “thank u, next.” Aerosmith, the MusiCares Person of the Year, and Run-D.M.C. also got together for a medley of “Living on the Edge” and “Walk This Way.”
Watch the performances below and take a look at the list of winners here.