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2020 Grammy Awards Rundown

| Samantha Mah | smah21@dtechhs.org | January 31, 2020 |

Illustration of Grammy Awards Trophy. Drawing by Nicolas Gibson

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards occurred Sunday evening, January 26, 2020. Among the numerous awards taken home, artists like Tyler, the Creator, and Lil Nas X put on a handful of intriguing performances. In addition, multiple celebrities dazzled on the red carpet. Even though the talk of rigged voting has brought controversy about the ceremony, an estimated 18.7 million viewers still tuned in for the fashion, performances, and of course, to see who the winners were.

One of the most talked-about red carpet outfits belonged to none other than Ariana Grande. Grande’s custom Giambattista Valli gown caught the eyes of many. The massive gown was made of layered tulle and worn in accordance with satin gloves. Billy Porter made yet another statement on the red carpet with a turquoise bedazzled Scott Studenberg jumpsuit and a matching motorized fringe hat that was remote controlled. Billie Eilish showed up to the red carpet in all Gucci, including crystal-embroidered pants, bowling shirt, sneakers, fingerless gloves, sunglasses, earrings, a face mask, and even nails. Her turtleneck also matched the lime green of her hair.

Not only did Eilish make an impression on the red carpet, but she also snagged quite a few awards. Eilish is the only woman and the youngest artist to win the four biggest Grammy awards in one night: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. The eighteen-year-old had sold out multiple shows in addition to having multiple songs on the Billboard Top 100. Many commented on how Eilish received a few too many awards and that pop singer Ariana Grande was snubbed. “I feel that she deserved at least one,” said d.tech junior Michael McCulloch. During her Album of the Year acceptance speech, Eilish even said that she thought Grande’s album Thank U, Next, deserved to win, “I think it [Thank U, Next] deserves [Album of the Year] like more than anything in the world.” Grande received six Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, but did not win any. Lizzo had the most nominations at a whopping eight, and won three: Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Lil Nas X received his first two Grammy awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.

Lil Nas X performed a number of the many remixes of his song “Old Town Road” accompanied by Billy Ray Cyrus, South Korean pop group BTS, the viral Walmart yodeler Mason Ramsey, and Diplo. Another performance involving more than one artist was the Nipsey Hussle tribute. Some of Hussle’s collaborators such as DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch, and YG paid tribute to the rapper and activist. Tyler, the Creator brought the unexpected to the Grammy stage wearing a pink and magenta suit and platinum blonde wig while performing “NEW MAGIC WAND” and “EARFQUAKE”.

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