Teen sensation Billie Eilish won the Album of the Year award at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
Eilish, an 18-year-old newcomer, also won the best new artist and song of the year awards. “Wow! So many other songs deserve this,” said Eilish. “I genuinely want to say I am so grateful and I am so honoured to be here. I grew up watching all of you.”
Eilish and fellow fresh faces Lizzo and Lil Nas X dominated the early awards in a live show that was dedicated to basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident earlier in the day.
“Tonight is for Kobe” said Lizzo, kicking off the show with a medley of the title song from her album “Cuz I Love You” and hit single “Truth Hurts.”
The Grammy Awards took taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the home of Bryant’s team the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We are literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Grammy host Alicia Keys. “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this.”
Lizzo won three of her leading eight nominations, including best urban contemporary album for Cuz I Love You, and pop solo performance for Truth Hurts, beating established artists like Beyonce, Ariana Grande and an absent Swift.
Gay black rapper Lil Nas X, 20, wearing a cowboy hat and silver lurex suit, and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus brought the house down with a kitschy performance of their viral collaboration Old Town Road, with contributions from stars ranging from K-Pop band BTS to young yodeler Mason Ramsey.
“He told the world he was gay and overnight he became an inspiration and a role model for hundreds of young people around the world,” comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is also gay, said as she introduced Lil Nas X, who won two early Grammys.
Grande performed a medley of hits from her Grammy-nominated break-up album Thank u, Next, including 7 Rings and Imagine.
Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, who was gunned down in his Los Angeles neighbourhood last year, won best rap performance for Racks in the Middle, and was honoured in a tribute by John Legend, DJ Khaled and rapper Meek Mill.
Blake Shelton and his fiancee Gwen Stefani held hands as they debuted their new romantic duet Nobody But You, while Camila Cabello sang her recent single First Man to her tearful father in the audience. Demi Lovato won a standing ovation in her first performance at a major awards show since a drugs overdose in 2018.
The Grammy winners are chosen by members of the Recording Academy, which is currently embroiled in a dispute over the departure of its new chief executive Deborah Dugan and her allegations of conflicts of interest in the nominations process. The Recording Academy has denied the allegations.
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Billie Eilish wins Album of the Year
The 18-year-old Eilish soared to mainstream stardom over the past year, having won a fervent online following for her in-your-face pop sound that can get a little creepy, with haunting melodies and heavy bass. She’s the youngest winner of the award in Grammys’ history, beating Taylor Swift.
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Billie Eilish wins Song of the Year
Billie Eilish on Sunday bested a packed field to win the Grammy for Song of the Year — which honours songwriters — for her hit Bad Guy. The 18-year-old beat veteran acts Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey along with newcomers Lewis Capaldi and Lizzo to take home the coveted honour.
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Usher, FKA Twigs team up for Prince tribute
Singer Usher hit the Grammys stage on Sunday night to perform a medley of classics of the late singer Prince to pay tribute to the iconic artist. Usher was well assisted by singer FKA Twigs, who showed off her dancing skills on stage.
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Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, Beyonce win awards
Lil Nas X — wearing a shocking pink cowboy-style suit featuring dominatrix accents like studs and harnesses — was all smiles over his early wins for the pop culture phenomenon “Old Town Road.”
“You just work hard at whatever you’re doing and it’s gonna happen for you,” the 20-year-old said.
Lady Gaga won two Grammys for her soundtrack for the hit film A Star Is Born, and one went to Beyonce, who nabbed the prize for best music film for Homecoming.
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Priyanka Chopra pays tribute to Bryant at Grammys
Priyanka Chopra paid tribute to the late basketball star Kobe Bryant in a special way at the Grammys. The Indian actress took a moment to style her decorated nails with the number “24” written on her index finger.
That number belonged to Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years before he retired in 2016.
“RIP Mamba,” Priyanka shared on Instagram Story with a purple heart emoji, alongside an image of her tribute.
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Jonas Brothers’ Grammys performance gets loudest cheers from Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas
The ‘J Sisters’ were the biggest cheerleaders of the Jonas Brothers as they performed onstage at the Grammy Awards. Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas joined husbands Nick, Joe and Kevin, respectively, at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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White-hot looks, strapless gowns and crazy nails at the Grammys
Twenty years ago, Jennifer Lopez shut down the Grammys red carpet with her now legendary barely-there Versace green dress, open to her navel, that sent the internet into a full meltdown. How can anyone beat that?
Well, the music industry’s brightest stars certainly gave it a go, strutting their stuff at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. White was a big trend, along with strapless gowns — and super-long glittering nails.
Here are some takeaways from the red carpet on Grammys night:
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Grammy Awards honour Kobe Bryant with touching performance
The 2020 Grammy Awards kicked off in tribute to basketball icon Kobe Bryant, who died hours before the show, with a touching, emotional performance led by host Alicia Keys.
Keys was joined by Boyz II Men on Sunday to sing an a capella version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” at the Staples Center — Bryant’s stomping ground — as the audience watched in awe.
“Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best, but to be honest with you we are all feeling crazy sadness right now,” Keys said as she entered the stage, adding that “Los Angeles, America and the world-wide world lost a hero.”
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‘Tonight is for Kobe’: Lizzo dedicates Grammys to late NBA legend
Top nominee Lizzo kicked off the 2020 Grammys on Sunday with a tribute to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, before launching into a rousing medley of her hits.
“Tonight is for Kobe,” shouted the 31-year-old, who has already won two awards in the pre-gala event that led into music’s marquee night.
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Michelle Obama is a Grammy winner
Michelle Obama, Sara Bareilles, Rosalia and 21 Savage also became official Grammy winners when the show handed out trophies during its pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles.
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‘Let’s go Kobe’: fans gather outside Staples Centre
Hundreds of fans gathered Sunday near the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles following the death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash that stunned the sports world and beyond.