Billie Eilish and Lizzo win big at 2020 Grammys

Los Angeles - Top nominee Lizzo kicked off the 2020 Grammys on Sunday with a tribute to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, before launching into a rousing medley of her hits.

"Tonight is for Kobe," shouted the 31-year-old, who already won two awards in the pre-gala event that led into music's marquee night.

She went on to win Best Pop Solo performance, Urban Contemporary album and Traditional R&B performance.

Bryant - a hero for Los Angeles who played for the Lakers in the Staples Center, where the Grammys were held - died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day, along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter.

After a glittering performance of Truth Hurts and Cuz I Love You - which featured ballerinas, orchestrals and the artist's signature flute skills - Lizzo passed the torch to Grammy host Alicia Keys who offered another moving tribute to Bryant.

Lizzo accepts the Best Pop Solo Performance award

Goth-inspired pop innovator Billie Eilish cleaned up at Sunday's Grammys, winning all four major awards including the prestigious Album of the Year prize.

The 18-year-old beat out stiff competition from viral hitmaker Lil Nas X and the year's most-nominated artist Lizzo.

Eilish soared to mainstream stardom over the past year, after having won a fervent online following for her in-your-face pop sound that can get a little creepy at times, with haunting melodies and heavy bass.

"Mainly I think the fans deserve everything. I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight because they're the only reason any of us are here at all," she said.

"So thanks to the fans."

She shared her success with her older brother Finneas O'Connell, her primary creative collaborator.

"We just make music in a bedroom together," said O'Connell. "We still do that and they let us do that. (...) This is to all of the kids making music in your bedrooms today - you're going to get one of these."

Eilish also offered a shoutout to pop sensation Ariana Grande, saying she in fact deserved Album of the Year for "thank u, next."

The teen star was among the leading Grammy nominees at Sunday's gala - just 17 when the shortlists came out, she is the youngest person ever nominated in all of the top four categories.

She scored a total of five awards on six nominations, including both Record and Song of the Year for Bad Guy - which made her the first musician born in the 2000s to top the Billboard Hot 100.

Billie Eilish performs onstage during the 62nd Ann

Former first lady Michelle Obama won Best Spoken Word Album, for the audiobook of her memoir Becoming.


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


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


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

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