Grammys 2020: All the winners and highlights of the night


By Charmaine Loh

Grammys 2020: All the winners and highlights of the night

The 62nd Grammy Awards saw many stars and fans paying tribute to legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, who was part of the nine (including his 13-year old daughter Gianna) killed in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas earlier that day.

“Tonight is for Kobe” said Lizzo before kicking off the night with a performance of ‘Cuz I Love You’ and her 2017 hit ‘Truth Hurts’. Host Alicia Keys and R&B group Boyz II Men also paid tribute to the late basketball legend with a rendition of ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday’. “We’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Keys before the performance. (The Los Angeles Lakers play their home games at the Staples Center, where the Grammys were being held.)

The late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who won Best Rap Performance for his song ‘Racks in the Middle’ and Best Rap/Sung Performance for ‘Higher’ with DJ Khaled and John Legend, was also remembered with an all-star tribute. Meek Mill, John Legend, DJ Khaled and Kirk Franklin were among those who performed while images of Hussle and Bryant were shown on a screen as the performance ended.

Billie Eilish dominated music’s biggest night by bagging five awards (out of six nominations!) including all four major categories—Record of the Year, Album of The Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. She was only 17 years old at the time she was nominated back in 2019, making her the youngest artist to be nominated in all “big four” categories at the same time. Other big winners of the night includes Lizzo, who had the most nominations this year, with three wins out of eight nominations and Lil Nas X with two wins out of six nominations.

Other highlights of the event includes Demi Lovato‘s emotional yet powerful comeback performance of her new song ‘Anyone’; Lil Nas X, who belted his hit song ‘Old Town Road’ with a star-studded cast comprising BTS and Mason Ramsey; and five-time nominee Ariana Grande, who performed a medley of her chart-toppers.

See the full list of winners below:

Record of the Year

‘Bad Guy’ – Billie Eilish

Album of the Year

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

Song of the Year

‘Bad Guy’ – Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

Billie Eilish

Best Pop Solo Performance

‘Truth Hurts’ – Lizzo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

‘Old Town Road’ – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Look Now – Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Best Pop Vocal Album

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

Dance Recording

‘Got To Keep On’ – The Chemical Brothers

Dance/Electronic Album

No Geography – The Chemical Brothers

Contemporary Instrumental Album

Mettavolution – Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rock Performance

‘This Land’ – Gary Clark Jr.

Metal Performance

‘7empest’ – Tool

Rock Song

‘This Land’ – Gary Clark Jr.

Rock Album

Social Cues – Cage The Elephant

Alternative Music Album

Father Of The Bride – Vampire Weekend

R&B Performance

‘Come Home’ – Anderson .Paak featuring André 3000

Traditional R&B Performance

‘Jerome’ – Lizzo

R&B Song

‘Say So’ – PJ Morton featuring JoJo

Urban Contemporary Album

Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo

R&B Album

Ventura – Anderson .Paak

Rap Performance

‘Racks in the Middle’ – Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy

Rap/Sung Performance

‘Higher’ – DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

Rap Song

‘A Lot’ – 21 Savage featuring J. Cole

Rap Album

Igor – Tyler, The Creator

Country Solo Performance

‘Ride Me Back Home’ – Willie Nelson

Country Duo/Group Performance

‘Speechless’ – Dan + Shay

Country Song

‘Bring My Flowers Now’ – Tanya Tucker

Country Album

While I’m Livin’ – Tanya Tucker

New Age Album

Wings – Peter Kater

Improvised Jazz Solo

‘Sozinho’ – Randy Brecker, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album

12 Little Spells – Esperanza Spalding

Jazz Instrumental Album

Finding Gabriel – Brad Mehldau

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Omni-American Book Club – Brian Lynch Big Band

Latin Jazz Album

Antidote – Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band

Gospel Performance/Song

‘Love Theory’ – Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

‘God Only Knows’ – for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton

Gospel Album

Long Live Love – Kirk Franklin

Contemporary Christian Music Album

Burn The Ships – for KING & COUNTRY

Roots Gospel Album

Testimony – Gloria Gaynor

Latin Pop Album

#ELDISCO – Alejandro Sanz

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

El Mal Querer – Rosalía

Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

De Ayer Para Siempre – Mariachi Los Camperos

Tropical Latin Album

A Journey Through Cuban Music – Aymée Nuviola

American Roots Performance

‘Saint Honesty’ – Sara Bareilles

American Roots Song

‘Call My Name’ – I’m With Her

Americana Album

Oklahoma – Keb’ Mo’

Bluegrass Album

Tall Fiddler – Michael Cleveland

Traditional Blues Album

Tall, Dark & Handsome – Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Contemporary Blues Album

This Land – Gary Clark Jr.

Folk Album

Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin

Regional Roots Music Album

Good Time – Ranky Tanky

Reggae Album

Rapture – Koffee

World Music Album

Celia – Angelique Kidjo


Children’s Album


Ageless Songs For The Child Archetype –  Jon Samson

Best Spoken Word Album

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Comedy Album

Sticks & Stones – David Chappelle

Musical Theater Album

Hadestown – Original Broadway Cast

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Chernobyl, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Song Written for Visual Media

‘I’ll Never Love Again’ – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Instrumental Composition

‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite’ – John Williams

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

‘Moon River’ – Jacob Collier

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

‘All Night Love’ – Jacob Collier featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest

Recording Package

Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Woodstock: Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive – Various Artists

Album Notes

Stax ’68: A Memphis Story – Various Artists

Historical Album

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Pete Seeger

Engineered Album, Non-Classical

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical


Remixed Recording

‘I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)’ – Madonna

Immersive Audio Album

Lux – Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor

Engineered Album, Classical

Riley: Sun Rings – Kronos Quartet

Producer of the Year, Classical

Blanton Alspaugh

Orchestral Performance

‘Norman: Sustain’ – Los Angeles Philharmonic

Opera Recording

‘Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox’ – Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus

Choral Performance

‘Duruflé: Complete Choral Works’ – Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

‘Shaw: Orange’ – Attacca Quartet

Classical Instrumental Solo

‘Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite’ – Philadelphia Orchestra

Classical Solo Vocal Album

Songplay – Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco

Classical Compendium

The Poetry Of Places – Nadia Shpachenko; Marina A. Ledin & Victor Ledin, producers

Contemporary Classical Composition

‘Higdon: Harp Concerto’ – Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Music Video

‘Old Town Road (Official Movie)’ – Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus

Music Film

Homecoming – Beyoncé

Explore More