The 2020 Grammy Awards belonged to Billie Eilish. The singer who turned 18 last December was the youngest person ever to be nominated for all the four top awards in the same year. Eilish swept the Grammys winning the awards in all the top four categories as well as two other awards. Her debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, won ‘Album of the Year’ ‘Bad Guy’ won ‘Song of the Year’ and was also the ‘Record of the Year’, and Eilish was named ‘Best New Artist’.
Billie Eilish became the first female artist to win all four of the Grammys’ top categories in a single year, as well as the youngest artist ever to win Album of the Year. Billie Eilish was not done yet. Her debut album also won the ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ and ‘Best Engineered Album’.
The biggest night of the year for music, the Grammy Awards, were held at The Staples Center on 26th January 2020. The yearly gala was sadly subdued by the untimely death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and the drama which has recently unfolded at the Recording Academy.
The stars made their entry on the red carpet while hundreds of fans gathered to pay tribute to Bryant at the home of his team LA Lakers.
Host Alicia Keys and Lizzo began proceedings with a tribute to Bryant. Lizzo led the winner’s race with most 8 nominations (eight), while Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish followed with six apiece.
It was not the night only for the younger lot as the masters also made their presence on the winners list. Veteran British Electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers won the ‘Best Dance/Electronic Album’ for ‘No Geography’ and their track ‘Got to Keep On’ won the Best Dance Recording.
Metal and Rock
Heavy metal giants Tool won the ‘Best Metal Performance’ for ‘7empst’, the 15-minute track from their latest album, ‘Fear Inoculum’.
New York based rock band, Vampire Weekend’s ‘Father of the Bride’ won Best Alternative Album. While the honour for the ‘Best Rock Album’ went to Cage the Elephant for ‘Social Cues’. Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘This Land’ won both Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.
Pop, Rap and Hip Hop
Out of the eight nominations, Lizzo won three Grammys including ‘Best Solo Pop Performance’ for ‘Truth Hurts’, Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘Jerome’ and his album ‘Cuz I Love You’ won the ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’.
Tyler the Creator won his first-ever Grammy Award as ‘IGOR’ won the ‘Best Rap Album’. Rapper Nipsey Hussle was posthumously honoured with ‘Best Rap Performance’ for ‘Racks in the Middle’ and Best Rap/Sung Performance for his collaboration with DJ Khaled and John Legend, Higher. 21 Savage and J. Cole claimed Best Rap Song for ‘A Lot’.
Singer-songwriter, Rapper and producer Anderson .Paak won two Grammys. His collaboration with André 3000, Come Home, claimed Best R&B Performance and his album ‘Ventura’ won Best R&B Album.
Lil Nas X’s viral sensation, “Old Town Road”, took home a couple of Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.