- The 62nd Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday, January 26, 2020.
- It was hosted by Grammy-winning singer, Alicia Keys.
- The event was dedicated to NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, who died along with his daughter and three others in a helicopter crash a few hours earlier.
- Billie Eilish was the biggest winner of the night, going home with 5 awards.
The Grammy Awards initially called the “Gramophone Award” is an award presented by the recording academy to acknowledge achievements in the music industry.
The award is usually presented annually in grand ceremonies featuring performances by prominent artists and presentation of the awards.
The first Grammy Awards ceremony held on May 4th, 1959 to honour the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Similarly, this year’s Grammy Awards held on 26 January 2020 to honour accomplishments for the year 2019.
62nd Annual Grammy Awards honour Kobe
The host for this year’s Grammy Awards, Alicia Keys, dedicated the event to NBA Basketball legend Kobe Bryant who lost his life in a helicopter crash earlier that evening.
She said, “Here we are together on music’s biggest night, celebrating our artists that do it best, but, to be honest with you we are all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today Los Angeles, America,and the whole wide world lost a hero.
“And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.
“I know how much Kobe loved music, so we got to make this a celebration in his honour”, she concluded.
Billie Eilish was the biggest winner of the night
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, an American singer and songwriter, was the biggest winner of the night. She bagged a total of 5 Awards, including record of the year, album of the year, best new artist, best pop vocal album, and song of the year.
Full list of winners at the 62nd Grammy Awards
|Record of the Year||Billie Eilish – “bad guy”|
|Album of the Year||Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?|
|Best New Artist||Billie Eilish|
|Best Rap/Sung Performance||DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, John Legend – “Higher”|
|Song of the Year||Billie Eilish – “bad guy”|
|Best Rap Album||Tyler, the Creator – IGOR|
|Best Comedy Album||Dave Chappelle – Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones|
|Best Country Duo/Group Performance||Dan + Shay – “Speechless”|
|Best Pop Solo Performance||Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”|
|Producer of the Year, Non-Classical||FINNEAS|
|Best Pop Vocal Album||Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?|
|Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album||Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now|
|Best Pop Duo/Group Performance||Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]”|
|Best Americana Album||Keb’ Mo’ – Oklahoma|
|Best American Roots Song||I’m With Her – “Call My Name”|
|Best American Roots Performance||Sara Bareilles – Saint Honesty|
|Best World Music Album||Angelique Kidjo – Celia|
|Best R&B Album||Anderson .Paak – Ventura|
|Best Urban Contemporary Album||Lizzo – Cuz I Love You|
|Best R&B Song||PJ Morton – “Say So [ft. JoJo]”|
|Best Traditional R&B Performance||Lizzo – “Jerome”|
|Best R&B Performance||Anderson .Paak – “Come Home [ft. Andre 3000]”|
|Best Alternative Music Album||Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride|
|Best Rock Album||Cage the Elephant – Social Cues|
|Best Rock Song||Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”|
|Best Metal Performance||Tool – “7empest”|
|Best Rock Performance||Gary Clark Jr. – This Land|
|Best Musical Theater Album||Hadestown|
|Best Contemporary Classical Composition||Jennifer Higdon, composer – Higdon: Harp Concerto|
|Best Classical Compendium||Nadia Shpachenko – The Poetry of Places|
|Best Classical Solo Vocal Album||Joyce Didonato – Songplay|
|Best Classical Instrumental Solo||Nicola Benedetti – Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite|
|Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance||Attacca Quartet – Shaw: Orange|
|Best Choral Performance||Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir – Duruflé: Complete Choral Works|
|Best Opera Recording||Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus – Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox|
|Best Orchestral Performance||Los Angeles Philharmonic – Norman: Sustain|
|Producer of the Year, Classical||Blanton Alspaugh|
|Best Engineered Album, Classical||Kronos Quartet – Riley: Sun Rings|
|Best Rap Song||21 Savage – “A Lot [ft. J. Cole]”|
|Best Rap Performance||Nipsey Hussle – “Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]”|
|Best Tropical Latin Album (Tie)||Marc Anthony – Opus Aymée Nuviola – A Journey Through Cuban Music|
|Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)||Mariachi Los Camperos – De Ayer Para Siempre|
|Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album||Rosalía – El Mal Querer|
|Best Latin Pop Album||Alejandro Sanz – #ELDISCO|
|Best Roots Gospel Album||Gloria Gaynor – Testimony|
|Best Contemporary Christian Music Album||for KING & COUNTRY – Burn the Ships|
|Best Gospel Album||Kirk Franklin – Long Live Love|
|Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song||for KING & COUNTRY and Dolly Parton – “God Only Knows”|
|Best Gospel Performance/Song||Kirk Franklin – “Love Theory”|
|Best Country Album||Tanya Tucker – While I’m Livin’|
|Best Country Song||Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”|
|Best Country Solo Performance||Willie Nelson – “Ride Me Back Home”|
|Best Latin Jazz Album||Chick Corea & the Spanish Heart Band – Antidote|
|Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album||Brian Lynch Big Band – The Omni-american Book Club|
|Best Jazz Instrumental Album||Brad Mehldau – Finding Gabriel|
|Best Jazz Vocal Album||Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells|
|Best Improvised Jazz Solo||Randy Brecker – “Sozinho”|
|Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals||Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest – “All Night Long”|
|Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella||Jacob Collier – “Moon River”|
|Best Instrumental Composition||John Williams – “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite”|
|Best Contemporary Instrumental Album||Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution|
|Best Dance/Electronic Album||The Chemical Brothers – No Geography|
|Best Dance Recording||The Chemical Brothers – “Got to Keep On”|
|Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)||Michelle Obama – Becoming|
|Best Children’s Music Album||Jon Samson – Ageless Songs For the Child Archetype|
|Best Reggae Album||Koffee – Rapture|
|Best Regional Roots Music Album||Ranky Tanky – Good Time|
|Best Folk Album||Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin|
|Best Contemporary Blues Album||Gary Clark Jr. – This Land|
|Best Traditional Blues Album||Delbert McClinton & Self-made Men – Tall, Dark & Handsome|
|Best Bluegrass Album||Michael Cleveland – Tall Fiddler|
|Best New Age Album||Peter Kater – Wings|
|Best Music Film||Beyoncé – Homecoming|
|Best Music Video||Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Official Movie)”|
|Best Immersive Audio Album||Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor – Lux|
|Best Remixed Recording||Madonna – “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)”|
|Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical||Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?|
|Best Historical Album||Pete Seeger – Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection|
|Best Album Notes||Steve Greenberg – Stax ’68: A Memphis Story|
|Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package||Various Artists – Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary|
|Best Recording Package||Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell|
|Best Song Written for Visual Media||Lady Gaga – “I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)”|
|Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media||Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl|
|Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media||Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born|
If you recall, Nigeria’s very own Burna Boy was nominated for Best World Music Album; however, he lost it to Angelique Kidjo, a Beninese singer, songwriter and actress.