2020 Grammys Highlights

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Billie Eilish proudly shows her five Grammy awards.

Maya Tabije, Staff Reporter

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Jan. 26 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event opened with a mournful note after retired NBA star, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash earlier that day. Standout artists of the night included Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Tyler the Creator, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato. For the majority of the top winners, this year they had received their first-ever Grammy awards.

The 2020 Grammys began with a lively performance by Lizzo. Following, Host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” in tribute to Kobe Bryant and his family.

Late rapper Nipsey Hussle was nominated for three Grammys and won two, for Rap Performance and Rap/Sung Performance. There was a tribute in honor of Hussle from Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch’s new song, “Letter to Nipsey.”

Usher, FKA twigs, and Sheila E. honored the late artist Prince, who is known as an iconic music legend. The artists performed a three-song medley in Prince’s remembrance.

18-year-old Billie Eilish made history at the Grammys, is the second artist to ever win Album of the Year and the first to win all four major categories since 1981. She received the awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “bad guy,”  Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for the album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” her most recent album. Finneas O’Connell, produced, co-wrote, and engineered the album was up for five nominations and ended up winning Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. The two siblings collaborate in the making, production, and performances of Eilish’s songs.

Lizzo won three awards out of her eight nominations Grammys, including Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts”, Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You, and Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome.”

Tyler the Creator gave a memorable performance as he literally set the stage on fire. He received the award for Best Rap Album for IGOR, and he was waiting for this moment ever since 2010 when he tweeted “I’m going to get a grammy. Watch.”

Although Ariana Grande was nominated for six Grammys, but did not win any, she stole the stage with a show-stopping medley performance of “Imagine,” “7 Rings” and “thank u, next”.

Demi Lovato received a standing ovation from her emotional performance of her new single “Anyone.” It was Lovato’s first performance after a two-year hiatus.

Local Hawaii Grammy nominees include Kimie Miner and Imua Garza for the compilation album Hawaiian Lullaby as producers. They have been making music for 20 years since they were students attending Kamehameha Schools.

According to Billboard, voting for the Grammy Awards is exclusive to members of the Recording Academy. In the process, the 12,000 voting members vote on the submissions, then the nomination committees review the top 20 selections, and then they are reviewed by nominating committees.

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