2020 Grammys Bring New Energy

Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Jan. 26, during which a multitude of musical artists were nominated for awards to recognize the best in the industry.

The award show recognized a variety of new artists and hit music along with the celebration of a new music culture.

Notable performances of the night included K-Pop group BTS, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Tyler the Creator and Lil Nas X.

One artist stuck out over all the nominees. Billie Eilish, just 18 years old, won Grammys for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Pop/Vocal and Best New Artist. These are all accredited to Eilish’s debut album “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?” and her hit song “Bad Guy.”

What is making the Grammy’s increasingly unique is the nominations of internet celebrities and traditional celebrities for the same prestigious awards. 

Predominant internet figure Lil Nas X, famous for his song Old Town Road performed. And 13-year old Mason Ramsey, made famous by a meme that called him the “Walmart yodeling kid” also performed.

Pop singer Demi Lovato took the stage for the first time in two years to perform a new song titled “Anyone.” The song was written days before she was hospitalized for a drug overdose and Lovato described it as a cry for help. When she started to sing, Lovato was taken over by her emotions and had to restart her performance. 

Now, two years later, she sings about her difficult reality struggling with addiction and never finding solace in anything in her life. While this was a solemn moment during the awards, it will likely be a significant moment in Grammy history.

Another, more somber, aspect of this year’s Grammys was the discussion of potentially postponing the event out of respect for the late Kobe Bryant’s family. The Grammys were held in the Staples Center, where Bryant had spent a majority of his career playing in the NBA. The event took place as scheduled, but two framed jerseys representing both of Bryant’s numbers, eight and 24, were displayed during the event.