The 62nd Grammy Awards were a very special occasion for many, as some broke records, others were finally recognized for their work and everyone mourned the loss of musical and cultural icons.
Billie Eilish was one of the night’s highlights as she became just the second artist in Grammy history – and the first woman – to take home the Big Four awards: album, record and song of the year plus best new artist. The first to do this was Christopher Cross 39 years ago. Most of the accomplishments stem from her work on her debut release When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? In the process, the LA native set several age-related records being that she recently just turned 18.
Lizzo, another big name who was nominated for a whopping eight titles, came on so strong in recent months; it seemed likely that she and Eilish would split the top prizes. In the end, Lizzo beat the “Bad Guy” singer in just one category – best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts.” She also walked away with gramophone trophies for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Unfortunately, the biggest moments of the night came about due to the losses of Nipsey Hussle and just hours before, basketball icon and legend Kobe Bryant. While the tribute to the deceased rapper had been planned for some time, Bryant had only tragically passed that morning, and was added to the remembrance efforts. For that, both men were placed side-by-side on the massive screens on stage as DJ Khaled, John Legend and a chorus of singers performed “Higher.”
Second-time host Alicia Keys took a different approach, electing to kick off the entire show with her own commemoration, singing a solo rendition of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” before Boyz II Men appeared on stage to provide accompaniment to their song. Watch the moving tribute here.