The 2020 Grammys happened final night time (Sunday, January 26) on the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. In true Grammys vogue, the night’s performances from nominated artists ran the gamut from jaw-dropping conceptual items to surprisingly reserved acoustic units, with a cloud of grief hovering over the proceedings after the shocking death of Kobe Bryant earlier within the day. Check out all the tributes, solo performances, group renditions, and extra beneath.
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Lizzo, the most-nominated artist of the night time, opened the ceremony with a medley of songs from her major-label debut, Cuz I Love You. She devoted the efficiency to Bryant earlier than launching into the title monitor and her smash hit “Truth Hurts,” full with an compulsory flute breakdown.
Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men
“We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this,” host Alicia Keys mentioned throughout her opening monologue, addressing Bryant’s premature dying. She spoke on the sense of anguish within the room earlier than singing a tribute to the basketball star’s reminiscence with a rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men, who joined her onstage for the heartfelt second.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton introduced “Nobody But You,” their just lately launched duet single, to the Grammys stage. The real-life couple serenaded one another as Shelton strummed on an acoustic guitar.
After an introduction from Billy Porter, Jonas Brothers played their new singles “Five More Minutes” and “What a Man Gotta Do.” Dressed in gold-accented fits, the trio carried out alongside a troupe of swing dancers and in entrance of an enormous, lit-up staircase.
Tyler, the Creator with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men
Tyler, the Creator, who picked up his first Grammy win, took to the stage for fiery renditions of “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND,” from 2019’s IGOR. He was joined by Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men, in addition to a troop of males sporting Tyler’s IGOR costume, who stormed the stage earlier than it erupted in CGI flames.
Usher, Sheila E., and FKA twigs
To honor the Purple One, Usher and Sheila E. carried out a medley of hits, together with “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss.” In a perplexing transfer from the Grammys, FKA twigs was additionally on stage, although she didn’t sing. Instead, she did a dance routine each on a pole and alongside different dancers. “of course i wanted to sing at the grammys,” she tweeted afterward within the night time. “i wasn’t asked this time but hopefully in the future. none the less what an honour. congratulations to all winners x.”
Camila Cabello sang “First Man” from her most up-to-date album Romance. Dedicated to her father, the tune was accompanied by residence footage of Cabello and her father on a backdrop earlier than she stepped down from the stage to sing on to him, sitting within the viewers.
Ariana Grande, who famously refrained from performing ultimately 12 months’s Grammys after a dispute with producers, reclaimed the stage this 12 months with a medley of songs from thank u, next. Moving from “imagine” to ”7 rings” to the album’s title monitor, Grande introduced the pretty-in-pink surroundings from her “7 rings” video to life on the primary stage.
Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile
Country titan Tanya Tucker, who won her first Grammys earlier within the night, for Best Country Album and Best Country Song, performed a stripped-back model of her tune “Bring My Flowers Now.” She was accompanied on piano by Brandi Carlile, making for a poignant showcase of two singer-songwriters in peak kind.
Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C.
Aerosmith, the recipients of the MusiCares Person of the Year award, performed a career-spanning medley, together with “Livin’ on the Edge” and their crossover hit “Walk This Way” with Run-D.M.C., who joined them onstage for the event. Later within the efficiency, Run-D.M.C. held up Kobe Bryant’s Lakers jersey in homage.
Lil Nas X with BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Nas
Lil Nas X’s breakthrough 12 months got here full circle along with his Grammys performance of smash hit “Old Town Road,” through which he enlisted artists who appeared on the tune’s numerous remixes for a show-stopping set. He was joined onstage by Diplo, each member of BTS, yodeler Mason Ramsey, and Billy Ray Cyrus. Plus, in a shock look, Nas confirmed up for a remix of 7’s “Rodeo.”
In her first main dwell efficiency since being hospitalized in 2018 for a drug overdose, Demi Lovato returned to the stage with gut-wrenching aplomb. She was launched by Great Gerwig, and carried out a robust new ballad, “Anyone,” which was reportedly written and recorded 4 days earlier than the overdose.
Nipsey Hussle Tribute with YG, Meek Mill, John Legend, DJ Khaled, and Roddy Ricch
The shadow of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle additionally loomed giant over the Grammys, particularly after he posthumously won an award for Best Rap Performance earlier within the night time. The tribute performance introduced collectively DJ Khaled, YG, Meek Mill, John Legend, and Roddy Ricch to honor Nipsey’s legacy. During the efficiency, the artists additionally paid homage to Bryant, with each his and Nipsey’s pictures projected up on the Grammys stage.
The Spanish star Rosalía, who took home the award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album earlier within the night time, introduced her flamenco-pop hybrid to mainstream audiences with high-energy performances of latest single “Juro Que” and “MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio).” She was flanked by dancers and flamenco guitarists, offering an appetizing style of her jaw-dropping dwell exhibits.
Alicia Keys and Brittany Howard
As the night time started to wind down towards the ultimate classes, Alicia Keys returned to the stage with none apart from Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. Howard, whose tune “History Repeats” was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, accompanied on guitar whereas Keys carried out her new single “Underdog.”
Burgeoning Grammys favourite H.E.R. carried out for the second straight 12 months, this time delivering a brand-new tune, “Sometimes.” She performed it on a grand piano, in addition to an electrical guitar, giving a tour-de-force showcase for her numerous musical skills.
Blues, nation, and folks icon Bonnie Raitt performed a tribute to John Prine, who sat in attandance. She carried out his tune “Angel From Montgomery,” which she become successful upon recording it herself in 1974.
Gary Clark Jr. and the Roots
Gary Clark Jr. took residence three Grammys within the Rock class final night time, and capped the accomplishment off with a fiery performance of his anti-racism barn burner “This Land.” He was joined onstage by the Roots.
“I Sing the Body Electric” Tribute to Ken Ehrlich
For the night’s final performance, a who’s-who of artists appeared onstage to honor Grammys producer Kenneth Ehrlich, whose tenure ended with this 12 months’s program. Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, Misty Copeland, and extra got here collectively to sing and dance to “I Sing the Body Electric,” from the soundtrack for the 1980 movie Fame.