A look at this year’s Grammy Awards


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Jonathan Sweeney

Music’s biggest stars dressed in their ‘Sunday best’ for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Alicia Keys. The event was held by the Recording Academy at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

A night honoring music’s finest took a somber turn when the news of Kobe Bryant’s death was announced earlier that day.

“Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best,” Keys said. “But to be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

Bryant was one of nine passengers who died in a helicopter crash. Artists, such as Lizzo, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Boyz II Men paid tribute to Bryant, sharing the stage in the same arena that Bryant played basketball in. The same message of love, remembrance and greatness was evident in their tributes.

Other stars, such as Prince and Nipsey Hussle were also honored posthumously in performances. Usher, Sheila E., DJ Khaled, along with many others performed in memory of the late musicians. Nipsey Hussle also won two grammys for his songs “Racks in the Middle” and “Higher.” He was tragically gunned down in March in Los Angeles at the age of 34.

Despite the sadness, there was also plenty of joy. Billie Elish, Finneas O’Connell, Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus were some of the big winners of the evening. Elish brought home five Grammys — Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year along with honors for Best Pop Vocal Album.

“I never thought this would happen in my whole life,” Eilish said as she accepted the Song of the Year award. “I grew up watching them [the Grammys]. … I’m so honored and grateful to be here, amongst all of you. I love you to my core, I grew up watching all of you.”