2020 Grammy Awards live blog: Billie Eilish dominates with 5 wins, Lizzo follows with 3

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards aired live on Sunday night, January 26. Alicia Keys hosted the CBS telecast for the second year in a row. But who won when the top prizes were handed out? Find out below in our live blog with all the commentary and analysis as the results were announced. Check out the complete list of Grammy winners here.

Lizzo entered these awards with a leading eight nominations including all four of the general field categories: Album of the Year (“Cuz I Love You”), Record and Song of the Year (“Truth Hurts”) and Best New Artist. Only 12 artists have ever been nominated in all four categories in the same year.

Billie Eilish is also among those lucky dozen musicians. She too is up for Album of the Year (“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”), Record and Song of the Year (“Bad Guy”) and Best New Artist. That makes this the first time in history when two artists swept the top four categories.

Rounding out the Album of the Year race were Lana Del Rey (“Norman F*cking Rockwell”), Bon Iver (“I, I”), Vampire Weekend (“Father of the Bride”), Lil Nas X (“7”), Ariana Grande (“Thank U, Next“) and H.E.R. (“I Used to Know Her”).

And facing off against Lizzo and Eilish in the Best New Artist contest were Lil Nas X, Rosalia, Maggie Rogers, Tank and the Bangas, Black Pumas and Yola.

The general field awards were all presented during the primetime telecast, but the vast majority of awards were handed out earlier in the afternoon during the Premiere Ceremony. The biggest winner there was Gary Clark Jr., who won three times but doesn’t have any other nominations during the telecast. Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Lady Gaga and Tanya Tucker were among the artists who won twice.

Billie Eilish won her only category at the Premiere Ceremony — Best Pop Album for “When We All Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — but her brother Finneas O’Connell also won Best Engineered Album for it, and he took Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) on top of that, which seemed to bode well for them.

Did those hint at the results in top categories? Who took us the most by surprise? Follow along below starting at 8:00pm (times listed are Eastern).

8:02pm — Lizzo opening the show going from “Cuz I Love You” to “Truth Hurts” to flute solo is pretty much the only way to start the event. “Welcome to the Grammys, bitch!” she says. Can she open the Oscars too?

8:07pm — Alicia Keys has the unenviable task of starting the night after the sudden death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash. This event is being held in the Staples Center in LA, “the house that Kobe Bryant built.” She breaks into an a cappella performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” alongside Boyz II Men, which is all the more impressive given how quickly it must have come together.

8:14pm — Solid performance of “Nobody But You” by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, though it sounds like it took Stefani a minute to get comfortable in that melody and key.

8:21pm — “We want to be respected and safe in our diversity,” says Alicia Keys at the piano. She’s giving shout-outs to Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Lizzo, though I wonder if any part of that was her making a subtle reference to the battle between Grammy president Deborah Dugan and what she has alleged about the recording academy’s toxic culture. But she shifts into a tribute to this year’s nominees to the melody of Lewis Capaldi‘s “Someone You Loved,” and Capaldi approves as evidenced by his adorable double thumbs-up. That’s the benefit of a host like Keys. She can pull off that kind of tribute and express that solidarity with the nominees.

8:30pm — Great performance by Jonas Brothers and a big, bright, energetic production number, but I’m not gonna lie, my main takeaway is that I want Kevin’s suit.

8:31pmKeith Urban and Cynthia Erivo present the first category more than a half hour into the show: Best Pop Solo Performance, and it goes to Lizzo for “Truth Hurts”! It’s her third win of the night already since she won Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance during the Premiere Ceremony. “This is unexpected, really cool!” she says, but she realizes “people are hurting right now” and “we need to continue to reach out” by making music that “liberates people.” This was a bit unexpected for us too. Our odds had favored Billie Eilish’s “Bady Guy” in this category, and I have a feeling this is a bad sign for “Bad Guy” in the general field, though I still feel pretty good that Eilish will win Album of the Year.

8:39pm — That was an odd, unsettling performance by Tyler the Creator of “Earfquake” and “New Magic Wand” … I think I kinda loved it maybe? It was literally fire and it almost literally brought the house down — several houses actually. And the addition of Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men was inspired.

8:50pm — Second award of the night. Shania Twain and Bebe Rexha are presenting Best Country Duo/Group Performance, and the winner is … “Speechless” by Dan and Shay. This is their second win in a row in this category after winning it last year for “Tequila.” They were also up for Best Country Song during the Premiere Ceremony, but Tanya Tucker took that one.

8:59pm — Usher was a great choice for the Prince tribute medley — rocking that falsetto on “Kiss”! — but the star of the show is really FKA Twigs’s dancing. Is there a Grammy for Best Choreography we could give her? It would have been nice to also hear her, you know, sing, but she was still stellar.

9:06pm — “When I’m not busy losing the comedy category to Dave Chappelle, I’m the father of five children,” says presenter Jim Gaffigan. Indeed, he has lost Best Comedy Album four times, and he’s nominated for the fifth time tonight. They’re actually presenting Best Comedy Album during the telecast, which is a rarity. Alas, Gaffigan is still an underdog. But that intro was for Camila Cabello, who is performing a tribute to her dad, “First Man.”

9:11pm — If you’d have told me one of the most moving moments at the Grammys would be the Camila Cabello performance, I wouldn’t have believed you. “First Man,” which she actually performed as a serenade to her tearful dad in the audience, was actually a lovely, loving performance — I’m not crying, you’re crying!

9:13pm — Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile doing “Bring My Flowers Now” is one of my favorite kinds of Grammy performances: letting the song speak and the vocal performance speak for itself, just the piano as accompaniment. Beautiful job from the two.

9:15pm — The Grammys present Best Comedy Album to Dave Chappelle (“Sticks and Stones”), and he’s … not there. He’s undefeated, winning that award for three years in a row, but with them presenting this award at the telecast when it’s usually at the Premiere Ceremony, it’s pretty disappointing that the winner wasn’t there. And poor Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, and Ellen DeGeneres were all in the audience. One of them could have had a great Grammy moment. Alas.

9:27pm — Ariana Grande performing a number that is definitely not a tribute to Ken Ehrlich given their, shall we say, difference of opinion last year, but she sings “Imagine” beautifully before a slightly awkward wardrobe change on her way into “7 Rings,” whose use of Rodgers and Hammerstein is still one of the most unexpected returns of “The Sound of Music” to the charts. Great vocal, but that goes without saying from Grande. Her performance, though, does also bring to mind Deborah Dugan’s allegations of the shady nominations process that cost Grande a Song of the Year nomination, so she might have yet another bone to pick with the recording academy.

9:34pm — Man, I loved that gorgeous, spare, heart-on-her-sleeve performance of “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, both Grammy winners today already. She has pretty remarkable maturity as a singer and songwriter for someone who was born in 2001.

9:47pmAerosmith bringing Lizzo into “Living on the Edge” for a bit while she’s in the audience honestly just makes me love her even more. Steven Tyler and company still rock pretty hard after all these years. One of the good things about the Grammys is this lively mix of old and new where Aaerosmith get out there and perform songs that are younger than the artist who just performed before them. And that cutaway to Flavor Flav dancing in the audience is destined to be a meme.

9:52pmIssa Rae presents Best Rap Album, and the winner is … Tyler the Creator for “Igor”! This is his first Grammy win on his third career nomination, and his crying mother joining him on stage is wonderful. “You did a great job raising this guy,” he tells his mom. “I never fully felt accepted in rap,” she he appreciates fans for supporting his unusual work. He also thanks Pharrell Williams for being a role model who made him feel comfortable in his own skin. “Igor” had great reviews last year, so I was surprised Best Rap Album was his only nomination this year. I thought he had a shot at Album of the Year.

9:57pm — This “Old Town Road” all-star performance is wacky and all over the place, but in a way that I think is a fitting encapsulation of the song itself. Going from “Seoul Town Road” with BTS to young yodeler Mason Ramsey to Diplo to Billy Ray Cyrus and then finally “Rodeo” with Nas on this rotating set is a fitting tribute to the genre-bending he was doing last year. After all, he made a rap song that won a Country Music Association Award and a Grammy for pop. All over the place seems exactly right for that number.

10:11pm — Another performance that I didn’t expect to get me as much as it did: Demi Lovato did a great job on “Anyone.” She has a huge voice, and sometimes I think she has a tendency to over-sing, but the way she belted out this song felt personal, and that made it powerful. She got a standing ovation for it, and she earned it.

10:27pm — Outstanding tribute to Nipsey Hussle by DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, YG and Kirk Franklin. And I continue to be impressed by the balance of musical styles showcased to night: old school rock, new-school pop and hip-hop, some country, some gospel in this rendition of “Higher” for Hussle, and Rosalia is about to bring in Latin music.

10:38pm — Alicia Keys flashing back to her first Grammys and her “flamenco-ish” performance to introduce Rosalia, who won a Grammy for her album “El Mal Querer” at the Premiere Ceremony earlier today. And she came out with confidence and verve for a great performance of “Malamente.” This has been an unusually good night of performance. There hasn’t really been a clunker in the whole bunch … yet.

10:38pmLittle Big Town and Smokey Robinson sing a bit of “My Girl” together before they present Song of the Year, the first award in almost an hour. And the award goes to … Billie Eilish for “Bad Guy”! She wins alongside her brother and co-writer Finneas. She is now the second youngest winner of this award in Grammy history. Lorde was 17 when she won for “Royals” a few years ago. “I never thought this would ever happen in my whole life,” she says. Finneas didn’t think they’d win either against this crowded field.

10:48pm — Alicia Keys knocks out another impressive performance of “Underdog” with Brittany Howard, and honestly I think she has earned the Grammy hosting job for as long as she wants it. She’s such a good ambassador for the music business. Heck, maybe they should make her Grammy president, though I’m not sure that a job anyone would want at this point.

10:57pm — Awards are coming fast and furious now: two within 20 minutes! Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne are presenting Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Sharon’s British accent reading the names of these rap songs and artists is worth the weirdness of this. The winner is … “Higher” by DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend! It’s the second posthumous win for Hussle today. It’s the 11th Grammy for John Legend, and it’s actually the first ever win for DJ Khaled. Hussle won Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle” during the Premiere Ceremony.

11:04pmH.E.R. singing “Sometimes” at the piano, then shredding on an electric guitar is an epic mic drop moment. Great Grammy performances two years in a row. She won twice last year. It doesn’t look like she’s going to win anything today (she was skunked in her R&B categories during the Premiere Ceremony), but I think we can be pretty sure she’ll be back.

11:10pm — Take your seats, ladies and gentlemen, Queen Bonnie Raitt is performing! That woman is 70 and still has one of the most magnificent voices I’ve ever heard. The only disappointment, and I know it’s weird to say this after more than three hours of telecast, is that her performance was way too short.

11:15pm — Damn, Gary Clark Jr. showing why he won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “This Land.” This is a raw, angry powerhouse of a performance with The Roots.

11:18pm — Okay, so we’ve got three more categories to present and at least a couple more performances. There’s no way we’re getting out of here at 11:30pm folks.

11:23pm — A moving “In Memoriam” segment with a short but sweet performance by Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I would have loved to hear more of that, but I’d also like to sleep sometimes this week, so …

11:24pm — Nice to have past Best New Artist winner Alicia Keys with the reigning champ Dua Lipa passing the torch to this year’s winner. And the Grammy goes to … Billie Eilish! That’s her third win of the night, and it’s also history. She’s the second youngest winner in this category too. LeAnn Rimes was 14 when she prevailed in the 1990s. She thanks the fans, and the fans of her fellow nominees, who will come out fighting.

11:31pm — About a dozen artists, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and a full choir are performing “I Sing the Body Electric” in tribute to 40-year Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich on his last year overseeing the awards. I gotta say, it has been a pretty well produced show, so it’s not a bad sendoff. Though I’ll admit I’m starting to wish I had Lizzo’s stamina and breath control during this epic marathon of a telecast. Even Martin Scorsese would have made more cuts to the running time.

11:36pmAlbum of the Year goes to Billie Eilish for “When We All Asleep, Where Do We Go?” And guess what, this is historic too! Eilish just broke Taylor Swift‘s record as the youngest Album of the Year winner in history. But she says, “I think Ariana deserves this.” And Finneas explains that they didn’t make the album to win Grammys. They made it to express thought about suicidal thoughts, depression, climate change and whatever being the “Bad Guy” means.

11:39pm — And that’s a clean sweep of the general field for Billie Eilish! She wins Record of the Year for “Bad Guy.” And their acceptance speech was a mercifully brief “Thank you” after almost four hours of telecast. Eilish is the second person ever to win all four general-field categories in one night after Christopher Cross‘s sweep way back in 1981 when Eilish was negative-20 years old.

11:44pm — So that’s a wrap on the Grammys! Eilish ends the night with five awards, and her brother Finneas also won five awards. The only award Eilish lost was Best Pop Solo Performance to Lizzo, who won three awards total. Gary Clark Jr. also won three (all during the pre-show).

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