The 7 Most Important Moments From Last Night’s Grammy Awards
It was an action-packed evening.
After a controversial buildup to the Grammys this year (president Deborah Dugan was ousted following allegations of sexual misconduct, and countered by alleging sexual harassment and voting corruption), the actual ceremony went off pretty well.
Billie Eilish was the big winner of the night, but there was no shortage of great moments besides. Let’s have a look.
People went big on the red carpet
After skipping last year’s ceremony, Ariana Grande made a big splash on the red carpet with a custom Giambattista Valli gown.
Lizzo, meanwhile, went full glam in a white Versace dress, complete with faux fur stole:
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@lizzobeeating arrives to the Grammy Awards in a bespoke #AtelierVersace dress. The white dress was embroidered by hand with Swarovski crystals in the House's Milanese atelier. She completed her look with a crystal-enriched faux fur stole. #Lizzo #VersaceCelebrities #GRAMMYs
Billy Porter outdid himself once again with a mechanised hat, ideal for when you need to block on the haterz…
…And Lil Nas X was the most neon-bright Versace cowboy we ever did see.
Eighteen-year-old Billie Eilish made history by becoming the youngest person to win Album of the Year
The record was previously held by Taylor Swift, who was 20 when her album Fearless was awarded the prize in 2010. Billie nabbed all of the ‘big four’ categories – Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist – along with Best Pop Vocal Album, going home with five Grammys in total.
Accepting Album of the Year, Billie turned to fellow nominee Ariana Grande and said “Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this?” But Ari wasn’t having it, waving her off:
Tributes were paid to the late Kobe Bryant, who passed away earlier that day
The Grammys were held in the Staples Centre, where Kobe played with the LA Lakers for over 20 years – and his presence loomed large over the ceremony.
Host Alicia Keys was joined by Boys II Men to open the show with an acapella rendition of the band’s song It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye, telling the audience: “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”
The tributes continued throughout the show, with Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and DJ Khaled shouting out Kobe during their performances.
Demi Lovato broke down during an emotional performance
Demi took to the stage for the first time in almost two years to perform Anyone, a song she wrote and recorded four days before her near-fatal overdose in 2018.
She fought back tears, needing to stop and gather herself before restarting the song to cheers:
The lyrics have Demi literally crying out for help, which is chilling considering what happened days after she wrote them. Hopefully she’s in a better place now.
Nick Jonas went on stage with food stuck in his teeth
— K E V S J U N K (@KevsJunk) January 27, 2020
The Jonas Brothers played a few songs near the top of the show, and while Nick was putting his all into the performance, fans couldn’t help but notice that, eh… he had spinach in his teeth.
He took it well though:
And at least you all know I eat my greens. 🤪
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 27, 2020
Poor Lewis Capaldi was mistaken for a seat filler
The Scottish singer was a first-time Grammy nominee for his single Someone You Loved, but unfortunately his fellow attendees didn’t realise that – Lewis tweeted during the ceremony that he had been mistaken for a seat filler:
A lady at the grammys has just come up and offered to take my seat because she thought I was one of the people who sits in the chairs to fill them when someone gets up to use the bathroom 😂😂😂😂😂😂 #GRAMMYs
— Lewis Capaldi (@LewisCapaldi) January 27, 2020
It’s OK Lewis, we would have known who you were.
And Ariana Grande showed off her flexibility during her medley
Did you know Ariana Grande could do the splits? Well, you do now – because while she performed a medley of her hits (including 7 Rings, Imagine, and Thank U, Next) she slid effortlessly into a split:
Not a bother on her, and not a note missed. We simply have to stan.
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