Lizzo, nominated for eight awards, opened the 62nd annual Grammys from LA’s Staples Center Sunday — announcing, “Tonight is for Kobe,” in a nod to NBA star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California — and followed with a compilation of her songs including “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts.”
The show was hosted again by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, 39, who acknowledged Bryant from the top. “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. So we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” a nod to the Staples Center where Bryant played with the LA Lakers. She was then joined by Boyz II Men for a short, solemn version of their song It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
The awards show also marked an emotional return for singer Demi Lovato, who performed her soaring new song “Anyone” as tears streamed down her face. Lovato, 27, who will sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 2020 and will release a new album early this year, performed live for the first time since a 2018 overdose.
Usher, Sheila E. and FKA Twigs also paid tribute to the late singer and songwriter Prince with a swivel-hipped mashup — to some more sloppy than sentimental — of his hits “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry” and “Kiss” to extended applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.
In addition, the late Nipsey Hussle — who was killed in March 2019 and was posthumously nominated for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance — was honored by Kirk Franklin, 50; DJ Khaled, 44; John Legend, 41; Meek Mill, 32; Roddy Ricch, 21, and YG, 29.
Below is the full list of 2020 Grammy winners and nominees, which will be updated throughout the night.