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In pictures: Billie Eilish dominates the Grammys as music world mourns Kobe

AP

Published on January 27, 2020 at 05.26

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The 2020 Grammy Awards kicked off in tribute to basketball icon Kobe Bryant, who died hours before the show, with a touching, emotional performance led by host Alicia Keys.
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Keys was joined by Boyz II Men on Sunday to sing an a capella version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” at the Staples Center — Bryant’s stomping ground — as the audience watched in awe.
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“Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best, but to be honest with you we are all feeling crazy sadness right now,” Keys said as she entered the stage, adding that “Los Angeles, America and the world-wide world lost a hero.”
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She said the audience was “heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” “Right now Kobe and his daughter Gianna ... are in our spirits, they’re in our hearts, they’re in prayers, they’re in this building,” she added. “Take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families.”
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Before the show officially honored Bryant, Lizzo performed the songs “Truth Hurts” and “Cuz I Love You,” saying at the top of the show: “Tonight is for Kobe.”
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Lizzo was among the mix of newcomers and well-known acts who reached their goals of winning their first-ever Grammy Awards on Sunday, which also included Tanya Tucker, J. Cole, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus and late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
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Pop iconoclast Billie Eilish, 18, swept the “big four” prizes — Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist — in an industry acknowledgement of her wave-making role as the new reference point for pop’s future. “What’s next? I don’t know — be in this moment is all I’m thinking about,” Eilish told reporters backstage.
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Michelle Obama, Sara Bareilles, Rosalia and 21 Savage also became official Grammy winners when the show handed out trophies during its pre-telecast ceremony.
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Gary Clark Jr. and Eilish’s brother, Finneas, walked away as the most awarded stars, so far, taking home three awards each.
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Finneas — who co-wrote, produced and engineered his sister’s debut album, “When We All Fall sleep, Where Do We Go?” — won best engineered album (non-classical), best pop vocal album (shared with his sister) and non-classical producer of the year. “My heart is beating so fast right now,” Finneas said. “This award belongs to my sister Billie for her trust and vision.”
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A number of acts won two awards in the pre-telecast, including Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Cyrus, Anderson Paak, Lady Gaga, Tucker, Kirk Franklin and Jacob Collier. And Beyonce, the most nominated woman in the history of the Grammys, won her 24th award.
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Nipsey Hussle, who will be honored during the live telecast which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern, has posthumously won best rap performance for “Racks in the Middle,” which features Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy.
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Hussle’s family, including his brother, grandmother and actress-fiancee Lauren London, accepted the honor during the pre-telecast.
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The show will also include special tributes to Prince and longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who is wrapping up his career with the show Sunday.
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The highest honours in the music industry were handed out at a ceremony. Following is a list of winners in key categories:
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Album of the year: 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' - Billie Eilish
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Record of the year - 'Bad Guy,- Billie Eilish
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Song of the year

‘Bad Guy ‘ Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
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Best new artist - Billie Eilish
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Best pop solo performance - 'Truth Hurts' - Lizzo
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Best rap album - 'Igor' Tyler, The Creator
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Best country album - 'While I’m Livin' Tanya Tucker
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Best music film - 'Homecoming' - Beyonce
 
 
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