Everything You Need to Know About the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

The 62nd Grammy’s ceremony happened Sunday, January 26th and it had to start in a different way this year. The venue it happened in is Los Angeles, the Staples Center arena, the house of the Lakers basketball team. Unfortunately, on the morning of the day of the event, one of the best basketball players in the world died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and 7 other people. The event started with the talented Alicia Keys sending all her love to his family and fans, singing “It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday” along with Boyz II Men.

Lizzo also showed her empathy when she opened the night with her show and the first thing she said was “Tonight is for Kobe”. Her spectacular performance counted with many dancers and of course, her beautiful voice. Besides her performance, Lizzo won three Grammy Awards with Pop Solo Performance with Truth Hurts, Urban Contemporary Album with Cuz I Love You and Traditional R&B Performance with Jerome.

More artists paid tribute to Kobe. Dj Khaled and John Legend performed their song “Higher”, which was made with Nipsey Hussle before he died. They used the moment to honor Nipsey and Kobe’s memory. The singers got an award for Best Rap/Sung Performance with the same song. They both dedicated to Nipsey and his family and thanked everyone for supporting them after the rapper’s death. Everyone stood up and cheered them. It gave me goosebumps and their performance was really beautiful.

Camila Cabelo made her first performance of her song “First Man” dedicated to her dad. The Cuban singer sang the song on the stage looking directly at her father in the audience when suddenly she went down the stairs and grabbed his hand and made everyone cry in the arena and at home. I was in tears the whole time and it was not because I’m a huge fan of hers, but it really moved me.

The night was incredible, but there is one artist that had the opportunity to come back from hard times and open up about her drug problems once again. Demi Lovato went back on stage after almost two years when she canceled her tour to take care of herself. Demi sang “Anyone” in a beautiful white dress, along with her partner on the piano. She wrote the song three days before she overdosed in July 2018. It was really clear that she was nervous and had to stop singing because her tears wouldn’t let her continue. After her voice echoed in the whole arena, she was cheered by everyone standing there for a long minute. She wasn’t the only one crying during her presentation.
Ariana Grande was finally free to sing whatever she pleased this year. Last in the Grammys she had everything planned to sing her new song “7 Rings”, the dress, scenario, everything, and the Award’s coordinators said that she couldn’t sing that song because it wasn’t a “typical Ariana’s song” for a grammy. What they actually wanted her vocals and high notes, but this year she finally did it. She went up on stage to sing the three singles from the Thank U, Next era, Imagine, 7 Rings and Thank U, Next itself. In her words, it was the last performance of the era. She ended the presentation putting her engagement ring back in the box, which symbolizes the actual end of this turbulent era for Ari. The fans were really upset because she didn’t get any awards, but she was still very happy after her performance.

Tyler, The Creator won for Best Rap Album with “IGOR” the first of his career. His mom looked more excited than him and the first thing he did was thank her for raising him. He also thanked his managers for trusting his crazy ideas, along with his friend and family. Tyler confessed to the audience that he was never accepted in the rap industry and said that Pharell Williams was the main inspiration he didn’t expect to win this award. With all his charismatic personality, he made everyone clap nonstop and laugh about his jokes. He earlier performed the single Earfquake and New Magic Wand, letting the crowd go crazy.

Dan and Shay won for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Speechless and they dedicated the award to their wives and their managers, including Scooter Braun. Dan also said that it was a dream to win a Grammy and it finally came true.

The big deal of the night was Billie Eilish, who got 5 awards. The 18 years old singer is the youngest person to win a Grammy for Album Of The Year. The album “WHEN WE ALL GO TO SLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” that she created with her brother in their bedroom also won “Best Pop Vocal Album, announced before the televised award. With her song “bad guy”, Billie won the categories “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”. She was so nervous that before the announcement that she won for album of the year, Billie was whispering that she wished it wasn’t for her. In her speech, she said that Ariana Grande deserved it more than her. Ariana with all of her kindness, she said “No, no, no! Enjoy your moment!” and blew kisses to the winner. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just Billie that was shocked by the results. Even though the young girl has been around since her first EP “Don’t Smile at Me” in 2017, Eilish won the category “Best New Artist” and it shows that she is really THE BEST. It is really impressive that an 18 years old girl who made her album with her brother in a bedroom won 5 Grammys. Finneas, her brother, supported her in all of her speeches. He also won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for producing Billie’s album.

Billie Eilish for Billboard in the Grammy Awards.