Nigeria’s own Burna Boy would have to try again another day as veteran Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo won in the World Album Category at the 62nd Grammy Awards.
Damini “Burna Boy” Ogulu had an amazing year churning out hits like “Anybody”, “Killing Dem” and his critically acclaimed album “African Giant” which earned him the Grammy nomination. So many Nigerians and even Africans were expecting him to bring back the awards but it was not to be as Kidjo won in that same category for the fourth time. She was gracious enough to dedicate the award to Burna Boy.
The Grammy Awards were dominated by 18-year-old Billie Eilish.
Billie Eilish sweeps The Grammys, wins 5 laurels for First Album
The first-time Grammy nominee secured five awards including record of the year, album of the year, and song of the year, best new artist and best pop vocal album. Eilish worked on her album “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” with her producing partner and Brother Finneas O’Connel.
Kobe Bryant jersey onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26th, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (c) Kevork Djansezian
The awards was overshadowed by the sad news of the passing away of legendary basketball icon, Kobe Bryant and his daughter in a helicopter crash just a few hours before the award ceremony.
During the televised ceremony, performers paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Lizzo and Alicia Keys set the tone right from the start of the show, with both addressing Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash. “Tonight is for Kobe,” Lizzo announced as the show began. The Grammys took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Kobe Bryant helped the Los Angeles win multiple NBA rings.
Lizzo, the pop and R&B star of hits like “Truth Hurts,” “Juice” and “Good as Hell,” was nominated for eight awards, the most of any other nominee. She is a first-time Grammy nominee and took home three prizes on Sunday. She won the first award of the evening, taking home best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts.
The awards for best rap/song collaboration went to DJ Khaled and John Legend, who had worked alongside the late Nipsey Hussle. The pair dedicated the award to Hussle and to Kobe Bryant.
See Full list of winners below;
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” “— Billie Eilish
RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
BEST NEW ARTIST
POP VOCAL ALBUM
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish
POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Truth Hurts” — Lizzo
POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
“Look Now” – Elvis Costello & the Imposters
BEST COMEDY ALBUM
“Sticks & Stones” – Dave Chappelle
“Social Cues” — Cage the Elephant
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr.
“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
“Father of the Bride” – Vampire Weekend
R AND B ALBUM
“Ventura” – Anderson .Paak
R N B PERFORMANCE
“Come Home” — Anderson Paak featuring André 3000
R N B SONG
“Say So” – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)
BEST RAP ALBUM
“Igor” — Tyler, the Creator
BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE
“Higher” – DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
TRADITIONAL R AND B PERFORMANCE
“Jerome” – Lizzo
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
“Cuz I Love You” (Deluxe) – Lizzo
“Racks in the Middle”- Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“A Lot” – Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)
“Got to Keep On” — The Chemical Brothers
“Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
“Long Live Love” — Kirk Franklin
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG
“God Only Knows” – for King & Country & Dolly Parton; Josh
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM
“Burn the Ships” – for King & Country
WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
“Celia” – Angelique Kidjo
CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
“Mettavolution” – Rodrigo y Gabriela
SPOKEN WORD ALBUM
“Becoming” — Michelle Obama
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