2020 Grammy Awards Primetime Live Blog (VIDEO Performances)

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The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight (Jan 26) 8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT on the CBS. Most of the awards were handed out earlier today. Unfortunately, no singing show favorites like Danny Gokey or Koryn Hawthorne won in their categories. The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and John Legend lost in their categories as well. Check out the winners here:

2010 Grammy Awards FULL Winners List (Premiere Ceremony Live Blog)

Former The Voice coach, Alicia Keys will host the event. For a list of performers and presenters, click here:

Grammy Awards 2020 How to Watch plus Performers and Presenters

It’s going to be a weird and sad event tonight, between the Grammy controversy over the alleged National Recording Academy corruption. And of course the shocking death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter in a tragic helicopter crash today will be on everyone’s mind. The Grammy’s are broadcasting live from the Staples Center where Kobe played so many games. 

The 2020 Grammy’s opens with a performance from Lizzo. The R&B star won TWO Grammys earlier today. She dedicates her performance to Kobe. She sings “Cuz I Love You” and an orchestral remix of “Truth Hurts” with ballerinas. And then she BREAKS OUT HER FLUTE. She’s a force of nature! WELCOME TO THE GRAMMYS B***** she shouts to finish.

Host Alicia Keys takes the stage next. “We’re all feeling crazy sadness today,” she talks about standing in the “house that Kobe Bryant built.” She asks everyone in the house to hold Kobe and the victims in the house inside of them. Boyz II Men join her on stage for an impromptu version “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

She finishes, “Let’s get some healing on” as she introduces her “friends” Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, performing their duet “Nobody But You” from Blake’s latest album. Gwen sings to her guy pal covered in red hearts. Aw. Who knew these two crazy kids would last? I sure didn’t. 

Returning from break, Alicia Keys sits at the piano and plays, “It’s been a hell of a week!” she says. It sure has. Will she get political here? She’s proud to be here with the artists and for the artists. “It’s a new decade. It’s time for newness. We refuse the old systems.” She INSISTS that we celebrate diversity and inclusivity. So is this how to address the controversy, without really addressing it? She shouts out to a bunch of the big stars sitting in the audience. “I know how much Kobe celebrated music…he would have wanted to keep the vibrations high.” She breaks into Grammy nominated songs, changing the words, shouting out to more stars.  “It’s when good guys do nothing, that the bad guys win,” she sings. Obvs, a nod to the presidential impeachment raging on right now.

Next, it’s Billy Porter. THAT BLUE EYESHADOW! He introduces “Ladies, Gentlemen and those who have yet to make up their minds” he says before introducing the Jonas Brothers. They sing a medley of new songs, “Five More Minutes” and “What A Man Gotta Do.” in black and gold outfits. With dancers!

Keith Urban and Cynthia Ervio take the stage. They quickly shout out to the folks in Australia enduring wildfirest. They present Best Pop Solo performance to Lizzo! It’s her third Grammy today. The bleeping begins immediately. Heh. “This is the beginning of music that moves people….liberates people,” she says. 

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah takes the stage next to introduce Tyler the Creator. Boyz II Men and R&B great Charlie Wilson kick off the performance with “Earfquake.” But when Tyler takes the stage, to sing “New Magic Wand, “it turns into a nightmare from 1984. Marching Tyler robots. Charlie and Boyz return and it’s normal again, more or less. Or less. He finishes by falling into a pit of fire. Holy cow. 

Returning from break, Alicia strolls through the audience. She chats with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, she introduces them to LL Cool J. “Let’s take a minute to know each other, ” she says, before introducing Bebe Rexha and Shania Twain. Bebe is freaking out over Shania. They present the Best Country Duo performance to Dan + Shay for “Speechless.” 

Alicia tells the story of nervously calling Prince, to ask permission to cover his song. She introduces FKA Twigs and Usher, who perform a Prince tribute, with Sheila E on drums. They kick off with “Little Red Corvette.” Usher sings “When Doves Cry.” Pole dancer included. Usher pulls out his falsetto for “Kiss.” 

Next, comedian Jim Gaffigan takes the stage to introduce Camila Cabello, to sing “First Man” to “someone very special in her life.” That’s boyfriend Shawn Mendes, I guess! But it’s mostly an ode to her father. Jim Gaffigan stumbling over that intro was amusing. In the song, Camille tells her parents, “I’m staying over with him! We’re a thing! Get used to it!” OK, it’s sweeter than that, Camille’s dad is in the audience tearing up. She sings straight at him. Aww… I miss my dad

Tanya Tucker won TWO country awards earlier today, Best Country Song, and Best Country Album. Brandi Carlile co-wrote and produced her album. She plays piano here as Tanya sings “Bring my Flowers Now.” Man. She’s had a hard life. 

After the performance,Brandi awards the Best Comedy Album. Odd that this particular category was saved for primetime. Dave Chappelle is the winner! And he’s not even here. Geez. Ellen Degeneres and her girlfriend Portia de Rossi got all dressed up to sit in the front row…and lose. 

Here comes Broadway star Ben Platt to introduce his “beautiful pal” and one of the “very very best” Ariana Grande. She sings “Imagine” and “7 Rings” featuring “Favorite Things.” Everything is pink as she dances in a feminine boudoir. Girls in underwear! She finishes up with “Thank u Next” the ode to all her boyfriends. It’s the best of the three songs. 

Billie Eilish was homeschooled, says Alicia Keys. She says Billie took music lessons at the Grammy school. She won Grammy earlier today. It’s her Grammy debut as she sings the tender “When the Party’s Over” alongside her brother Finneas. She wears what looks like sparkly pyjamas. Baggy clothes are her thing, apparently. That was very good. So emotional.

Common is next to introduce Musicares honorees Aerosmith with Run D.M.C to sing the iconic “Walk This Way.” But actually, the group starts off with “Living on the Edge” before Run D.M.C join them on stage. Steven Tyler brings girls up on stage to dance. So that sure as heck woke everybody up. 

Issa Rae presents Best Rap Album to Tyler the Creator for IGOR. He brings his CRYING MOTHER on stage with him. He thanks her personally. He also gives big props to Pharrell Williams

OK so she’s presenting. Not a wasted outfit. Ellen Degeneres introduces Lil Nas X, giving him props for coming out as gay. He performs “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, Korean pop stars BTS, that yodeling kid, Mason Ramsey and Diplo. What a crazy group of artists! Sidenote: The BTS stans were furious when they learned BTS wouldn’t be the center of attention, merely “background dancers.” Heh. Enraged stans are scary. Yikes.

Director of the new film adaption of Little Women, Greta Gerwig, introduces Demi Lovato as a courageous artist who shows people that there’s something on the other side. OH WOW. She stops singing her emotional new song “Anyone” and has to start over. She’s crying. Will she keep it together through the performance? She does keep it together to deliver a searing, heartfelt performance. I give Demi BIG PROPS. When she began drinking and drugging again, she did what she had to do to recover. That meant dropping out of show business for months. I wish her the best, truly. 

Ava Duvernay, director of “When They See Us” introduces a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle. Meek Mill, John Legend, DJ Khaled, YG, Roddy Ricch, and Kirk Franklin. They sing “Higher” and more. At the end of the performance, photos of Nipsey and Kobe Bryant flash on a video screen, with DJ shouting “God bless Nipsey, God bless Kobe.”

Alicia shouts out to Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas for winning producer of the year. Yeah! She introduces Rosalía, who won a Grammy earlier today for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album She sings “Juro Qué” and  “Malamente (Cap 1: Augurio).”

Now, it’s Smokey Robinson and Little Big Town are next. The group and Smokey break out into a rendition of “My Girl.” They present Song of the Year to Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy.” 

Now Alicia Keys joins Brittany Howard on acoustic guitar for a performance of Alicia’s “Underdog.”

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are next. Sharon declares she and Ozzy have been “rapping together” for 50 years. Ok then. Gosh Ozzy walks with a cane. He only recently revealed he is battling Parkinson’s disease.

She hands out the Best Rap/Sung Performance to DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend. “This is for Nipsey and Hip Hop” DJ says. John says a few words as well “We all love him, we all miss him,” he says about Nipsey. “Let’s love each other, lets love our families, lets hold each other tight” he says. 

After the presentation. Ozzy and Sharon introduce H.E.R. She performs “Sometimes” on both the piano and electric guitar. Fabulous. 

Now, the LEGENDARY Bonnie Raitt sings “Angel From Montgomery” to honor songwriter John Prine. He won a Grammy lifetime achievement award this year for his songwriting. That was WAY TOO SHORT. Bonnie still sounds incredible. She introduces Gary Clark Jr–who won A TON of Grammys today–with The Roots. He sings “This Land is Mine.” It’s as political as these Grammys got tonight. 

Now, it’s In Memoriam, remembering musicians, artists, producers and executives we lost this year. After Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Jazz Band Band play some New Orleans music.

Dua Lipa joins Alicia on stage. They were BOTH Best New Artists winners. (Dua will join Kelly Clarkson as a mentor on The Voice this spring). Dua gives a shout out to female artists of every stripe. And the Grammy goes to Billie Eilish

Now, John Legend is on stage honoring Ken Ehrlich, retiring this year, he’s receiving the Grammy Trustees Award. He is directing the Grammys for the last time. He’s staying in the booth tonight! But he requested a song to celebrate music education. Camila CabelloCyndi Lauper, Joshua Bell, Ben Platt, The War and Treaty, Lee Curreri, Gary Clark Jr., Common, Lang Lang, Misty Copeland, Debbie Allen Dance Company, and a bunch of music students–they all perform “I Sing the Body Electric” from the movie Fame.

THIS IS RUNNING LOOOONNNNG.

LL Cool J in on stage to present Album of the Year to Billie Eilish for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. Billie believes Ariana Grande deserved it. Both said they didn’t write speeches, because they didn’t expect to win. 

And now Alicia presents Record of the Year to Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy.” That’s five Grammys tonight for Billie. They snag their award, say thank you, and leave the stage.  Altogether, she won Best Song, Best Record, Best Album, Best Pop Album, and New Artist. Her brother, Finneas, won Best Producer. 

2020 Grammy FULL Winners List

Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

HEY, MA
Bon Iver
BJ Burton, Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; BJ Burton, Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

BAD GUY
Billie Eilish
Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; John Greenham, mastering engineer – WINNER

7 RINGS
Ariana Grande
Charles Anderson, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster &
Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes,
Billy Hickey & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers;
Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

HARD PLACE
H.E.R.
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, producer; Joseph Hurtado, Jaycen Joshua, Derek Keota & Miki Tsutsumi, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

TALK
Khalid
Disclosure & Denis Kosiak, producers; Ingmar Carlson, Jon Castelli, Josh Deguzman, John Kercy, Denis Kosiak, Guy Lawrence & Michael Romero, engineers/mixers; Dale Becker, mastering engineer

OLD TOWN ROAD
Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki & YoungKio, producers; Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki & Cinco, engineers/mixers; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer

TRUTH HURTS
Lizzo
Ricky Reed & Tele, producers; Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

SUNFLOWER
Post Malone & Swae Lee
Louis Bell & Carter Lang, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers

Album Of The Year

I,I
Bon Iver
Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; BJ Burton, Brad Cook & Justin Vernon, songwriters; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL!
Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, producers; Jack Antonoff & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Billie Eilish
Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters; John Greenham, mastering engineer – WINNER

THANK U, NEXT
Ariana Grande
Tommy Brown, Ilya, Max Martin & Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers; Tommy Brown, Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

I USED TO KNOW HER
H.E.R.
David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Sam Ashworth, Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris & H.E.R., songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

7
Lil Nas X
Montero Lamar Hill, songwriter; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer

CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE)
Lizzo
Ricky Reed, producer; Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig & Ariel Rechtshaid, producers; John DeBold, Chris Kasych, Takemasa Kosaka, Ariel Rechtshaid & Hiroya Takayama, engineers/mixers; Ezra Koenig, songwriter; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

ALWAYS REMEMBER US THIS WAY
Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

BAD GUY
Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) – WINNER

BRING MY FLOWERS NOW
Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)

HARD PLACE
Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)

LOVER
Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)

NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL
Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)

SOMEONE YOU LOVED
Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)

TRUTH HURTS
Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)

Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

BLACK PUMAS

BILLIE EILISH – WINNER

LIL NAS X

LIZZO

MAGGIE ROGERS

ROSALÍA

TANK AND THE BANGAS

YOLA

Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

SPIRIT
Beyoncé

BAD GUY
Billie Eilish

7 RINGS
Ariana Grande

TRUTH HURTS
Lizzo – WINNER

YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN
Taylor Swift

Best Rap/Sung Performance

HIGHER
DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – WINNER

DRIP TOO HARD
Lil Baby & Gunna

PANINI
Lil Nas X

BALLIN
Mustard Featuring Roddy Rich

THE LONDON
Young Thug Featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott

Best Rap Album

REVENGE OF THE DREAMERS III
Dreamville

CHAMPIONSHIPS
Meek Mill

I AM > I WAS
21 Savage

IGOR
Tyler, The Creator – WINNER

THE LOST BOY
YBN Cordae

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

BRAND NEW MAN
Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs

I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU)
Brothers Osborne

SPEECHLESS
Dan + Shay  – WINNER

THE DAUGHTERS
Little Big Town

COMMON
Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile

Best Comedy Album

QUALITY TIME
Jim Gaffigan

RELATABLE
Ellen DeGeneres

RIGHT NOW
Aziz Ansari

SON OF PATRICIA
Trevor Noah

STICKS & STONES
Dave Chappelle – WINNER

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