It was supposed to be a night to celebrate, but instead, the 2020 Grammy Awards had a somber tone following the news of Kobe Bryant and his second oldest daughter’s tragic deaths on Sunday, January 26. However, host Alicia Keys was able to turn the situation around and was a bright light when the audience needed it most.
First, the 39-year-old took a minute to remember the 41-year-old basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this,” she began. “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.” The songstress then sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” with Boyz II Men.
Later on, Alicia tried to lighten the mood by playing a piano medley — Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” — where she honored many of the musical artists who were in the audience including Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Cardi B.
However, the show had to go on, and Lizzo, Billie and Camila Cabello all brought their A-game to the stage when they performed. Billie, 18 — who is the youngest artist to win Album of the Year — took home five trophies while Lizzo took home three.
One of the most standout moments was when Demi Lovato took the stage for the first time since her July 2018 overdose. The brunette beauty sang “Anyone” — a tune she had written four days before the incident — and clearly, she got emotional as she needed to start over before she got her bearings together. After she composed herself, she shed a tear and even got a standing ovation at the end.
“What an unbelievable night,” Demi later wrote on Instagram. “My first time back on stage in almost two years. So emotional for me. Thank you all for the love, support and for sharing this moment with me. I love you all.”
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