Sunday night the 62nd Grammy Awards were hosted at the Staples Center in LA. While music’s biggest stars gathered inside for the awards, fans of Kobe Bryant gathered outside mourning.
Prior to the awards, the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant shocked the nation. Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas with his 13-year-old daughter and a reported seven others. As stars took the stage, many of them paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with emotional performances.
The night started with Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and host Alicia Keys singing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” with Boyz II Men after delivering an emotional monologue.
“Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna, and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit,” said Keys. “They’re in our hearts. They’re in our prayers. They’re in this building and I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you.”
The Grammys had several emotional moments, including the return of Demi Lovato since her overdose last July. DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, YG, Roddy Rich, and Kirk Franklin gave a tear jerking tribute for rapper Nipsey Hussle who was tragically killed last year in March. At the end of the performance the audience applauded as the images of both Nipsey and Kobe projected on the screen.
Top winners Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and Tyler, The Creator also took to the stage with amazing performances.
18-year-old Billie Eilish made history as the first woman and second artist to win the top 4 awards. She won Best New Artist, Song of the Year for “Bad Guy,” Record of the Year for “Bad Guy,” and Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” She also received a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, earning 5 Grammy awards total.
Lizzo took home 3 awards for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts,” Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Cuz I Love You,” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome.”
Lil Nas X won 2 awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Old Town Road.” He also gave a stellar performance of the song, bringing out Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, Nas, and K-Pop boy band BTS.
Tyler, The Creator won his first Grammy for Best Rap Album for his fifth studio album “IGOR.” Tyler gave a fantastic performance of songs “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND” with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men singing backup vocals for both.
While it was exciting to see musicians take home awards, it was hard for everyone to hold back emotions after hearing of the death of a beloved NBA legend. It was definitely a somber evening for music’s biggest night.