The 62nd Grammy Awards mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant

Rocio Valdez, A&E editor

The 62nd Grammy Awards were a little different this year as it kicked off with great sadness at the Staples Center, home to the great basketball player Kobe Bryant who died early on Sunday in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna who was only 13 years old.

Host Alicia Keys started off with a commemoration speech, “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.

Right now, Kobe, and his daughter Gianna, and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit. They’re in our hearts. They’re in our prayers. They’re in this building.”

She continued, “And I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you. Hold them inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this. Never, never, never, never, never, never. So we wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now.”

Following by her speech, she brought out Boyz ll Men for an emotional performance to honor Kobe as his #8 and #24 jersey illuminated the Staples Center.

Alicia Keys encouraged everyone to unite despite such a challenging time to celebrate what bring everyone together: music.

Lizzo opened the awards with the statement, “tonight is for Kobe,” and singing “Cuz I Love You” and her top hit song “Truth Hurts.”

She was the most-nominated artist this year with eight nominations and took home her first Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance “Jerome.”

Lizzo also won Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Cuz I Love You,” and Best Pop/Solo performance for “Truth Hurts.”

Billie Eilish, 18-year-old singer, took home five of the six awards she was nominated for and became the youngest and first female Grammy award winner in the four main categories: Album Of The Year for “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Best New Artist, Record Of The Year for “Bad Guy,” Song Of The Year for “Bad Guy,” and she won Best Pop Vocal Album.

Finneas O’Connell, Billie’s brother, was also a big winner of the night and won in all of the five categories he was nominated for: Record Of The Year “Bad Guy,” Album Of The Year “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Best Engineered Album Non-Classical “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Song Of The Year “Bad Guy,” and Producer Of The Year Non-Classical.

Lil Nas X, winner for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video for “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, had an amazing performance in which he included a Kobe Bryant jersey in his set for his performance of “Old Town Road.”

His performance featured K-Pop group BTS, who became the first Korean artists to perform at the Grammy’s, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mason Ramsey and Diplo.

DJ Khaled, John Legend, YG, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin and Roddy Ricch paid tribute to Nipsey Hussel, ending it with the song “Higher” and a photo of Nipsey Hussel along with one of Kobe Bryant were both put up in the big screen.

“Rest in peace Nipsey Hussel, rest in peace Kobe Bryant, Gianna. Long live Nip, long live Kobe, the marathon continues,” shouted DJ Khaled.

Nipsey Hussel won Best Rap Performance and Rap Song for his track “Racks in the Middle” which his family accepted. DJ Khaled, John Legend and Nipsey’s family went on stage to accept the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Higher.”

Tyler, The Creator took home his first Grammy for Best Rap Album, “Igor,” thanking his mother who was on stage with him, “You did a great job raising this guy,” and his music inspiration Pharrell Williams.

Before his win he lit up the stage with his performance of “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND.”

Demi Lovato returned to the Grammy stage with a very emotional performance where she debuted her new single “Anyone” that she wrote before her hospitalization due to drug overdose in July of 2018.

She got very emotional and had to start her performance again.

Even though Ariana Grande did not win in any of the categories she was nominated for, she did perform “Imagine,” “7 Rings,” and “Thank You, Next.”

Despite the sadness that was present at this year’s Grammys the night was full of great performances and deserving winners. The full list of winners can be found at