The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards celebrates diversity, talent and music

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday evening live at the Staples Center, located in Los Angeles, Calif. 

The opening number of the show included the songs “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts” from a large orchestra with singer and songwriter, Lizzo stating “Tonight is for Kobe!” as she stood in front of the orchestra in a gorgeous, black and shimmery ball gown. 

Singer and musician, Alicia Keys hosted the event and created an atmosphere full of acceptance, love, happiness and joy from start to finish of the show due to the mournful circumstances. 

Keys was very well spoken from the start as she addressed the tragedy and sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. 

“We’re gonna celebrate the one thing that brings us together, and that’s music,” said Keys. “I know how much Kobe loved music, so we have to celebrate this night in his honor.” 

As the night continued, several artists took the stage together to create amazing and captivating performances both visually and musically. 

An incredible performance that displayed tremendous diversity was performed by Lil Nas X, BTS, Mason Ramsey and Billy Ray Cyrus as they performed the hit song “Old Town Road”. 

It was so refreshing to see diversity and happiness being celebrated as artists from different cultures and backgrounds took over the stage together to create this experience. 

The event was also a huge night for 18-year-old singer and songwriter, Billie Eilish as well as her 22-year-old brother and producer, Finneas O’Connell. 

Eilish and O’Connell both walked into the Grammy’s with six nominations and walked away with five awards for “Best Song”, “Album of the Year” and “Record of the Year”. 

“This is to all the kids that are making music in their bedroom today,” said O’Connell as he was holding the award. “You’re going to get one of these.” 

Eilish herself won the Grammy for “Best New Artist” and she recognized the fans as the real heroes of the event. 

“I love all fandoms,” said Eilish. “You guys make this worth it.”  

Both Eilish and O’Connell seemed to be quite shy when it came to the results of their winnings. 

Other artists such as Usher and Demi Lovato also took the stage and gave very emotional performances upon the Grammy stage. 

Usher gave the audience an outstanding tribute to Prince as he wore a classic Prince outfit, performed signature dance moves and sang the timeless songs, “Little Red Corvette”, “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry”. 

Lovato took the stage for the first time in two years to perform an emotional song titled “Anyone” which she wrote four days prior to a painful drug relapse in the summer of 2018. 

The love and support in the stadium of the event was tremendously moving not only for Lovato and Prince but for artists such as Nipsey Hussle, whom passed away in March 2019. 

The mournful atmosphere within the stadium reminded both artists and fans that sometimes people are taken from this world too soon and it is important to hold your loved ones close. 

As the event came to a close, Keys concluded the night by continuing to lift everyone’s spirits up by stating that we all still have a lot to do when it comes to change. 

“We want to be respected and safe in our diversity,” said Keys. “We want to celebrate the people, the artists, that put their lives on the line.” 

Keys concluded the end of the event by stating “God Bless Kobe’s family.”