It’s the biggest night in music with the annual Grammy Award presentations. Alicia Keys returns to serve as host for the gala event.
This year’s top nominee getter Lizzo gets the night started off with first saying, “this one’s for Kobe” and performs a medley of songs including playing the flute.
Alicia Keys notes that they are all gathered to celebrate the biggest night of music, but they are all sad and heartbroken over the loss of Kobe Bryant. The Grammy Award ceremonies are being held at the Staples Center where the Los Angeles Lakers play basketball – the house that Kobe built. Alicia sings A Cappella and is joined by Boyz II Men for “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”.
“The Voice” coaches Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani take the stage for a performance of “I Don’t Wanna Love Nobody but You”.
Sitting at the piano, Alicia Keys notes that it has been some kind of a week as she plays the piano. She notes that people want to be respected in their diversity and be who we want to be. Music is the true universal language and Alicia sings about some of the musicians over the last year.
Billy Porter calls himself a sucker for these brothers, introduces The Jonas Brothers who perform “What a Man Gotta Do”.
Keith Urban and Cynthia Erivo present the first award of the night to Lizzo for Best Female Pop Solo Performance her album “Truth Hurts”.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah introduces Tyler, The Creator with Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson for a performance.
Bibi Rexha and Shania Twain presented the award for Best Country Music Duo or Group Performance to Dan + Shay for “Speechless”.
Noting that one of her musical heroes is Prince, Alicia Keys introduces Usher who pays tribute to Prince along with FKA Twigs and Prince’s former percussionist Sheila E. The performance included a pole dancer and some rather risque dancing.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan and a father of five, introduces Camila Cabello for a performance of “My Man”. She gets a big hug from her father after the song.
Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile pair up for a performance.
The award for Best Comedy Album went to Dave Chapelle for “Sticks & Stones”.
Broadway performer Ben Platt introduces Ariana Grande for a performance.
Making her Grammy stage debut six time nominee Billie Eilish and brother Finneas perform.
Common takes the stage notes that Alicia Keys and her heart are lighting up the show and to introduce the 2020 MusiCares Artist of the Year and four time Grammy Award winners Aerosmith with Hip-Hop pioneers Run DMC for a special performance of “Walk This Way”. During the performance one of the guys from Run DMC was holding up a Kobe Bryant jersey.
The award for Best Rap Album went to Tyler, The Creator for “Igor”. His mom came on stage with him and gave him a big hug. Saying that he didn’t know if he would be up there again, Tyler had a long list of thank yous; especially Pharrell Williams for allowing him to be himself.
Talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres introduces six time Grammy nominee Lil Nas X for a performance of his history making hit “Old Town Road”. In a one time only performance, Lil Nas X is joined by some special friends including song collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus, and K-Pop stars BTS.
In a return to the Grammy stage, Demi Lovato performs a song she had written just four days before an overdose that nearly took her life.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hays, John Prine, Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
DJ Khalid, Kirk Franklin, Meek Mill, John Legend, and his former band are among the artists who pay tribute to Hip-Hop artist Nipsy Hustle who was killed last year as the result of a gunshot wound.
Sean “Diddy” Combs was presented with the Industry Icon Award.
Latin music artist Rosalia gave a performance that included singing in Spanish and some Flamenco style dancing.
Smokey Robinson and Little Big Town did an impromptu A Cappella rendition of “My Girl” before presenting the award for Song of the Year for the Billie Eilish song “Bad Guy”.
Alicia Keys and Brittney Howard pair up for a performance and had people dancing in the aisles.
George Auspurger was presented with the Technical Grammy for his 70 plus years of audio work.
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne present the award presented the award for Best Rap and Sung Performance to DJ Khalid, John Legend, and Nipsey Hustle for “Higher”. DJ noted that the award was for Nipsey and Hip-Hop. Nipsey’s family was in the house and on the stage.
Sharon and Ozzy also introduces H.ER. For a performance. Often seen with a guitar, H.E.R. plays the piano as she sings but has to add a little guitar shredding in the song.
Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt performs “Angel from Montgomery” in tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Prine.
Bonnie introduces Blues artist and Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr. The speeches weren’t political but the music certainly was. Clark sang on telling people to go back where they came from; adding this land is mine.
The In Memorium segment was just a series of clips of those artists and music business personnel who have died since the last airing of the Grammy Awards.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave with the Preseveration Jazz Hall Band gave a rip roaring performance of some Dixieland music in tribute to Dr. John.
Alicia Keys and Dua Lipa presented the award for Best New Artist to Billie Eilish.
The Grammy Trustees Awards go to Philp Glass, Frank Walker, and Ken Ehrlich who was the Grammys executive producer for 40 years.
John Legend paid tribute to Ken Ehrlich who is retiring after this show. In tribute to Ehrlich Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Bell, Ben Platt, The War and Treaty, Gary Clark Jr, Misty Copeland and friends, Common, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Lang Lang, and numerous dancers and singers perform the song “The Body Electric” from the TV series “Fame”.
Past Grammy Awards host and Grammy winner LL Cool J noted that music education is one of the smartest investments you can make in the future. He presented the award for Album of the Year to Billie Eilish for her debut album “When We Go to Sleep, Where Do We All Go?”.
Alicia Keys presented the final award of the night for Record of the Year to Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy”. A shocked Billie simply said thank you.