The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, was a witness to a mixture of feelings on January 26, 2020. No wonder, since the 62nd Annual Grammys Award gala was held under very peculiar circumstances this year.
To start with, the controversial quarrel between former president Deborah Dugan and the Re-cording Academy was just the tip of the iceberg. In a nutshell, Dugan accused the Academy of tainting the voting process with individual interests, as we came to know, and they retorted to accuse her of bullying.
That was somehow overshadowed by the devastating news that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident, together with his daughter and seven others. Among the seven were John and Keri Altobelli who perished alongside their daughter Alyssa. Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton; assistant coach Christina Mauser; and pilot, Ara Zobayan were also on-board the helicopter at the time of the crash.
The somber news broke during the Red Carpet, as celebrities and guests lined to enter ‘the house that Kobe built’.
It was going to be a difficult task for host Alicia Keys to lead such a ceremony, but she did outstandingly by improvising a speech and singing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” a cappella with members of Boyz II Men to honor the 41-year-old basketball legend.
In true Kobe fashion, despite the emotions and turmoil, the show went on. While not as shocking, the night still had its fair share of shockers.
1. Billie Eilish
Being only 18 years old, she became not only the youngest nominee in the history of the Grammys, with 5 nominations, but the youngest winner of the most important categories: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?; Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Bad Guy”. She even got the Best New Artist award, so we could easily say that she sweeped the Grammys. Bravo!
Billie Eilish and brother Finneas receive Album of the Year award
The Spanish artist gave a new chance to the traditional flamenco and was also a cool surprise at the Grammys when she won the category Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for El Mal Querer.
She showed very grateful for the award and for having the opportunity to perform at such a big event.
Rosalía’s winner speech and a bit of her performance:
With “Jerome”, 31-year-old Detroit singer got the well deserved recognition on Best Traditional R&B Performance, but that wasn’t all. She also nailed it on Best Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts”.
Still, since she didn’t win any of the big categories, there’s a bit of disappointment among the media that she didn’t get a big win on one of them.
“Truth Hurts” official video
4. Marc Anthony & Aymée Nuviola (it’s a tie!)
Yes, you’re reading this well: there was a tie at the Grammys (again). For Best Tropical Latin Album, Anthony with Opus and Nuviola with A Journey Through Cuban Music shared the honor. With Marc Anthony as a big miss in the ceremony, the female winner came to the stage to receive the award and gave a quite touching speech, highlighting the effort she and her husband and manager made to give life to their project.
Nuviola receives her prize (in Spanish)
5. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Talking about big misses, the winners of Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, were also not present at the gala.
It’s been the first time in five years that Lady Gaga was absent from the Grammys. Rumor has it that she may have been rehearsing for her performance at the Super Saturday Night, a pre- Super Bowl event.
Announcement of the winner for Best Compilation for Visual Media
The unofficial award for Most Emotional Performance at the Grammys goes to both Camila Cabello, with a thank you song for her father, and to Demi Lovato for her first gig after her overdose in 2018, which would give shivers to anybody. She was so touched that she even had to start again and was acclaimed with a standing ovation.