The 62nd Grammy Awards took place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
For the second year in a row, singer Alicia Keys hosted the awards show and did not disappoint. With the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, sadness filled the air of the awards. “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now,” Keys said in her opening monologue, “standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built…we never imagined in a million years we would have to start the show like this.”
Over the course of the night, there were 22 separate performances from various artists ranging from some of the newest artists like Billie Eilish, to verteran performers such as Aerosmith.
Lizzo, who was the most nominated artist of the night, opened the show with a medley of her hit songs “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts.” At the very beginning of the performance, Lizzo dedicated her performance to Kobe Bryant and then launched straight into her song “Cuz I love You.” This song showcased her vocal talents, while her performance of her hit song “Truth Hurts” got the audience to their feet and prepared them for one of her signature flute solos. I enjoyed Lizzo’s performance even though I am not a huge fan of her music. The energy that she brought to her performance set the tone for the night, making her the perfect choice to open the show.
The night consisted of many tribute performances, but the one that stood out to me the most was the Nipsey Hustle tribute. The performance opened with a spotlight on rappers Meek Mill and YG, transitioning over to John Legend on the piano, accompanied by a choir with features by DJ Khaled and Kirk Franklin. At the end of the performance, the onstage screens projected images of both Nipsey Hustle and Kobe Bryant. Overall, the performance was extremely entertaining, and every artist visibly gave it their all to pay tribute to Nipsey.
Ariana Grande performed a melody of songs from her hit album, “thank u, next.” She started her performance standing in front of an orchestra, singing a mashup of her song “Imagine” and the classic show tune, “My Favorite Things.” Then, she quickly transitioned into her more up-beat songs “7 Rings” and “Thank U, Next,” accompanied by background dancers and a set change. The performance that Grande gave was exactly what I expected from her, and she never fails to entertain any audience she is put in front of.
Lil Nas X’s performance of “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo” had me cringing at some moments and smiling at others. The performance opened with Nas alone but soon transformed as he began walking around a revolving set, leading into a showcase of verses from artists such as k-pop group BTS, Mason Ramsey, and Billy Ray Cyrus. I thought the overall idea of the performance was clever, but the vocals from Lil Nas and his overall performance fell short.
My most anticipated performance was from 18-year-old break through artist, Billie Eilish. She performed her song “when the party’s over,” accompanied by her brother Finneas on piano. Billie’s soft yet haunting voice flowed through the ballad, showing the audience and viewers at home that she is a unique artist. This performance stood out because it was not overproduced with background dancers, light changes, and costume changes; it simply showcased the originality of Billie as an artist. Unlike many, I was not surprised that she won five awards, including the four biggest categories: album, song and record of the year, and best new artist.
Demi Lovato, performing live for the first time since being hospitalized in 2018 for a drug overdose, gave the most raw and vulnerable performance of the night. Performing her new ballad, “Anyone,” was no easy feat for Lovato, as she choked up at the start of the song and had to start over.
Finishing the song while tears streamed down her face as she belted some of the most vocally demanding notes of the night, earned her a well-deserved standing ovation.
I have always been a fan of Lovato due to her immense amount of talent. I can easily say that this was my favorite performance of the night.
The night was filled with both dramatic ballad performances and show stopping melodies from the years biggest stars.
From witnessing this years newest artist, Billie Eilish, sweep every major category, to watching artists pay tribute to Kobe Bryant, the 62nd Grammy Awards is forsure one for the books.