The 62nd GRAMMY Awards took place at the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday. Although the awards show may have been overshadowed by vote-rigging accusation and the tragic and untimely death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, musicians from across the world came together to celebrate the best music from the past year, with many acts and hosts paying tribute to the basketball legend. From all the top fashion moments on the red carpet, to the best performances, here are all the highlights from the 2020 GRAMMYs.
The best fashion moments
The GRAMMYs are known for holding some of the most exciting and unique fashion moments we’ll see from celebrities all year! If, like us you’re still not over Cardi B’s vintage Mugler oyster dress from last year’s GRAMMY Awards, take a look at the 2020 GRAMMYs fashion highlights!
Ariana’s giant grey Giambattista Valli gown
Ariana Grande stood out amongst the sea of stars and stayed true to her cute-but-classic aesthetic in this oversized tulle princess dress, a custom couture design from Giambattista Valli. The look was finished off with matching silver opera gloves and her signature high ponytail.
Lil Nas X’s neon pink Versace bondage cowboy moment
It wouldn’t have been a music awards show without an appearance from one of the most talked about artists of the moment, Lil Nas X — who took home two GRAMMYs on the night: Best Music Video and Best Pop/Duo Performance. Defying genres and style rules, the Old Town Road singer caused a frenzy on social media in this custom Versace look, pairing the hot pink suit with a matching harness, mesh top and cowboy hat.
Lizzo stuns in a sheer crystal Versace gown
We expected nothing less than a number of glam outfit changes from Lizzo, who deservingly received eight nominations and picked up three awards by the end of the night. Although she looked stunning in all her outfits (as per usual), this Versace number — hand-embellished with crystals — was the winner for us.
And the best look goes to: Billy Porter in Baja East
Let’s face it, nobody could beat Billy Porter when it comes to best outfit of the night… or of any red carpet! This custom cropped jacket and jumpsuit from Baja East was paired with a matching hat from milliner Sarah Sokol. The best part? The crystal fringing on the hat was motorised to create a curtain! We hope Billy won’t ever part from his stylist, Sam Ratelle, because they seem to slay every red carpet.
Top performances of the night
Lizzo’s opening performance
As always, Lizzo’s performance to open the 2020 GRAMMYs was filled with energy, powerful vocals, and gave everybody a brief glimpse of her talent as a flautist — proving exactly why she was the most nominated artist of the night and bagged awards for Best R&B Perfomance (for Jerome), Best Urban Contemporary Album (for Cuz I Love You) and Best Pop Solo Performance (for Truth Hurts).
A star-studded performance of Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road, featuring BTS, Nas, Mason Ramsey, Diplo and Billy Ray Cyrus
Unofficially known as the song of the year, Old Town Road saw many remixes during it’s reign at the top of the charts, and this legendary performance featuring some of those artists will go down in GRAMMY history as one of the most memorable! From all the artists that popped up on the revolving stage, we were most excited to see K-pop superstars BTS taking their horses down the Old Town Road, as it was their first time performing on the GRAMMY stage, having only presented an award last year. Let’s hope they return next year with a solo stage!
Ariana performing a trio of songs from the hit album Thank U, Next
Opening with an orchestral version of Imagine, blending into empowering pop hit 7 Rings and finishing with first album single Thank U, Next, it’s clear how much Ariana’s music has matured over the past couple of years. Although she had five nominations and put on such a powerful performance, fans were disappointed that Ariana left the awards empty-handed, causing quite a stir on social media.
And maybe the most controversial performance: the tribute to Prince
Usher, Sheila E. and FKA Twigs came together to perform a medley of some of Prince’s greatest hits as a tribute to the late artist at the ceremony. However, responses were very mixed as some fans were amazed by Usher’s talent, whilst others complained that FKA Twigs was reduced to a backup dancer during the show — and she later confirmed that she wanted to sing but wasn’t asked to, but “none the less, what an honour” it was to perform.
It was no surprise that Billie Eilish swept the board when it came down to who bagged the most trophies, taking home Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. This was the first time since 1981 that a single artist has taken home the top awards! Billie works with her producer brother, Finneas O’Connell, whose talents were also recognised with a Producer Of The Year award.
As previously mentioned, Lil Nas X and Lizzo also took home several gramophones between them, with late rapper Nipsey Hussle also being recognised with awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance. Other winners included Cage The Elephant with Best Rock Album, Vampire Weekend with Best Alternative Museum Album, Anderson .Paak with Best R&B Album, The Chemical Brothers with Best Dance/Electronic Album and and Tyler, The Creator with Best Rap Album.
What were your highlights from the 2020 GRAMMYs? Let us know in the comments!