We were at LA Live waiting to enter Microsoft Theater for the 62nd Recording Academy Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony. It was going to be a great day of music, catching up with friends and celebration. But everything changed in a second. As we walked in the building my iPhone buzzed. It was a news update. I couldn’t believe the words on the screen: “NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.”
This tragic news about Kobe and the other 8 people who lost their lives in the crash, including his 13 year-old daughter, would shape the tone of the Grammy Premiere Ceremony as well as the Live Telecast. You could sense the pervasive heaviness in the air at Microsoft Theater and Staples Center. The moment of silence was surreal. This couldn’t have happened to ‘Mamba;’ bigger than life #24.
The awards went on in spite of the news with host Alicia Keys. Throughout the day a number of artists found an unplanned way to honor Kobe through their performance.
In case you didn’t see the Grammys, here are some of the moments you missed from the Telecast:
- A tearful Demi Lovato’s first performance since her 2018 overdose.
- Billy Porter’s hat sparks a new meme
- Lewis Capaldi was mistaken for a seat-filler
This year’s performers included the Jonas Brothers, Gwen Stefani & Blake Sheldon. Lizzo, David Clark, Jr and Billie Eilish.
The best dressed on the Red Carpet included Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Camila Cabello and BeBe Rexha.
So how did it turn out for some of your fave artists? Did you celebrate a win of the converted Award or a sigh of disappointment for it going to another artist?
Here’s a short list of the winners, including Billie Eilish who swept the Grammys receiving 5 awards and making Grammy history:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
SONG OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW ARTIST
Other winners included:
Best Pop Solo Performance – Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Best Rock Album – Social Cues – Cage The Elephant
Best Rap Song and Performance – Higher – DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
For more on this year’s Grammy Awards go to grammy.com.