The Grammys, hosted by Alicia Keys, were a bit somber following the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his presence was felt throughout the show with his jersey hung in the Staples rafters and appearing on Lil Nas X and Run D.M.C during their performances. He was also mentioned in a tribute to L.A rapper Nipsey Hussle, who won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
However, it was a huge night for 18-year-old Billie Eilish who won an award in all four major categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year.
Going into the night, Lizzo was nominated in eight categories and she went away with a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Other memorable parts of the awards ceremony were Usher’s tribute to Prince, Demi Lovato’s return to the Grammys, and Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Camilla Cabello, and Black Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s performances.
Among other big winners of the night were Gary Clark Jr., who won three Grammys in the Blues and Rock categories for This Land; A Star is Born, that won Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written For Visual Media for “I’ll Never Love Again”; HBO’s Chernobyl won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media; and Beyoncé’s Homecoming, a Netflix documentary with behind the scenes looks at her performance at 2018’s Coachella, won Best Music Film Prize.