The 2020 Grammy Awards have come and gone, and everyone seems to be talking about Billie Eilish – but it wasn’t all about her. The Grammy Awards had many good and bad moments and we are here to highlight them for you.
With five wins, of course, Billie Eilish was the top highlight. The 18 year old singer swept the Grammy spotlight with “bad guy” winning song of the year, album of the year with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, record of the year for “bad guy,” best new artist, and best pop vocal album also for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? She also delivered a performance of “When the Party’s Over” that showcased Eilish’s style, but unfortunately was a little stagnant considering all the hype around her big wins.
Camilla Cabello appeared with a dazzling pink outfit that looks like it was stolen straight off of a Barbie doll. Her vocals were nothing short of Barbie-like perfection either. Cabello had everyone in the audience feeling the emotion as she performed “First Man,” dedicated to her father. Clips of Cabello as a child with him were shown on the screens behind her and she managed to get some tears from the guy she says she had never seen cry. A truly compelling performance.
Alicia Keys was joined by Boyz II Men to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant after his tragic, spontaneous death only hours before the Grammy Award Show. “We never imagined in a million years we would have to start the show like this. Never. We are all feeling crazy sadness right now because Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero,” said Alicia. The performance was honest, heartfelt, and filled with raw emotion that touched everyone in the audience.
Demi Levato’s performance was one of the most memorable. Moments after beginning her song “Anyone” she was forced to restart and rebalance herself as she shed a couple tears. Her vocals were strong and the context behind the tune is touching, as she wrote it shortly before her hospitalization for drug overdose. Appropriately, her phenomenal delivery received a standing ovation.
As much as we love Ariana Grande, her 7-minute long performance was vacant of a connection with the audience. She began with “Imagine,” starting out with amazing vocals. Then, she transitioned to “7 Rings,” and finalized with “Thank U Next.” By the end of her songs, Ariana seemed out of breath. Delivering one solid song would have been more appropriate for the singer at this event.
Usher’s tribute to Prince has been receiving a lot of negative attention; however, it is difficult to live up to Prince. Usher made a good attempt to sing the legend’s “Kiss,” but overall it was disappointing. Choreography was somewhat sloppy, and the vocals were not impressive considering what Usher is capable of. It is safe to say that no one compares to Prince.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton put on a duet rendition of Shelton’s “God’s Country,” yet it was underwhelming. Both musicians are very talented, but they are also are two different genre singers that made the performance not feel fluid or seamless.
Bonnie Raitt put on a beautiful solo of “Angel from Montgomery,” but many are complaining that it was the length of the performance that is getting criticism. Rait ended the song at under a minute to acknowledge her friend who received a lifetime achievement award, John Prime. Had she delivered the full song she may have made the “best moments” cut.
Besides the performances, the awards won for best new artist for Billie Eilish, best pop performance for Lizzo, best duo for Lil Nas X and Billie Ray Cyrus, best metal performance to Tool, best rock album to Cage the Elephant, and best r&b album for Anderson.Paak were on point. There were some let downs; however, like Ariana Grande going home empty handed and Lana Del Rey losing to Elish with “Norman F***ing Rockwell.” Most of the awards went home to worthy nominees; therefore, the 2020 Grammys were a success.