62nd Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster
DateJanuary 26, 2020 (2020-01-26)
8:00–11:40 p.m. EST
LocationStaples Center
Los Angeles, California
Hosted byAlicia Keys
Most awardsFinneas (6)[1][2]
Most nominationsLizzo (8)
Website62nd Annual Grammy Awards
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS
Viewership18.7 million[3]

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 26, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[4] It recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from October 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019.[5][6] Alicia Keys hosted the ceremony, having hosted the previous year's ceremony as well.[7]

Lizzo received the most nominations of any artist with eight, followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X with six each.[8] Finneas received the most awards with six.[9][10] Eilish became the first artist to win the major four categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist in the same year since Christopher Cross in 1981.[11]

Ten days prior to the ceremony, Recording Academy president Deborah Dugan was relieved of her duties as president and CEO and placed on administrative leave from the organization. She sparked controversy by claiming that the organization engaged in corruption and favoritism; Champagne Billecart-Salmon responded by pulling their ads from the broadcast, and Megyn Kelly, Gabrielle Union, and others tweeted their support of Dugan.[12] The ceremony was held on the same day as the death of basketball player Kobe Bryant, to whose memory Keys and Boyz II Men dedicated their performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday".

Background and controversy

After many years of being traditionally held in February (except during the years of the Winter Olympics), the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony was moved to January the week before Super Bowl LIV, following the Academy Awards' decision to move their 2020 ceremony to the second Sunday of February.[5] Nominations were announced in all 84 categories by Gayle King, Alicia Keys, and Bebe Rexha on the set of CBS This Morning on November 20, 2019.[13]

This was set to be the first edition of the Grammy Awards that the new Recording Academy president Deborah Dugan would have presided over; however, she was relieved of her duties as president and CEO and placed on administrative leave from the organization ten days before the ceremony. The Academy launched an investigation into allegations that Dugan bullied an assistant.[14] After her dismissal, Dugan sparked controversy by claiming that the Recording Academy engaged in favoritism and corruption during the Grammy nomination process.[14][15] Taylor Swift reportedly cancelled a planned surprise performance of her song "The Man" at the ceremony in solidarity with Dugan,[14] although both Swift and Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich denied this.[16][17] Recording Academy Chairman Harvey Mason Jr. took over as interim president and chief executive officer and presided over the ceremony instead of Dugan.[18][19]

The ceremony was held at the Staples Center on the same day as the death of basketball player Kobe Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers — the arena is the team's home venue. Several tributes to Bryant were included in the ceremony, including a performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men, while Lil Nas X, Lizzo and DJ Khaled all incorporated tributes to Bryant into their performances.[20][21][22]

Category changes

For the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, multiple categories were changed.[23]

Performers

Premiere ceremony

Artist(s) Song
Chick Corea and the Spanish Heart Band House Band
I'm with Her "Call My Name"
Angélique Kidjo "Afirika"
Nicola Benedetti Instrumental
Yola "Faraway Look"

Main ceremony

Artist(s)[24] Song(s)
Lizzo "Cuz I Love You"
"Truth Hurts"
Alicia Keys
Boyz II Men
Tribute to Kobe Bryant
"It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
Blake Shelton
Gwen Stefani
"Nobody but You"
Alicia Keys Tribute to nominated artists to the tune of
"Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers "Five More Minutes"
"What a Man Gotta Do"[25]
Tyler, The Creator
Boyz II Men
Charlie Wilson
"Earfquake"
"New Magic Wand"
Usher
FKA Twigs
Sheila E.
Tribute to Prince
"Little Red Corvette"
"When Doves Cry"
"Kiss"
Camila Cabello "First Man"
Tanya Tucker
Brandi Carlile
"Bring My Flowers Now"
Ariana Grande "Imagine"
"My Favorite Things"
"7 Rings"
"Thank U, Next"
Billie Eilish
Finneas
"When the Party's Over"
Aerosmith
Run-DMC
"Livin' on the Edge"
"Walk This Way"
Lil Nas X
Billy Ray Cyrus
BTS
Diplo
Mason Ramsey
Nas
"Old Town Road"
"Rodeo"
Demi Lovato "Anyone"
DJ Khaled
Kirk Franklin
John Legend
Meek Mill
Roddy Ricch
YG
Tribute to Nipsey Hussle
"Letter to Nipsey"
"Higher"
Rosalía "Juro Qué"
"Malamente"
Alicia Keys
Brittany Howard
"Underdog"
H.E.R. "Sometimes"
Bonnie Raitt Tribute to John Prine
"Angel from Montgomery"
Gary Clark Jr.
The Roots
"This Land"
Trombone Shorty
Orleans Avenue
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Tribute to Dr. John
Ben Platt
Cyndi Lauper
John Legend
Joshua David Bell
Debbie Allen
Misty Copeland
Camila Cabello
Gary Clark Jr.
Lang Lang
The War and Treaty
Lee Curreri
Common
Tribute to music education
and Kenneth Ehrlich

"I Sing the Body Electric"

Presenters

Premiere ceremony

Main ceremony

Notes

Winners and nominees

Billie Eilish won all four major general field awards in the same year, becoming the second artist to achieve the feat and the first since 1981.
Billie Eilish won all four major general field awards in the same year, becoming the second artist to achieve the feat and the first since 1981.
Lizzo received the most nominations, with eight in total. She was also nominated in all four major general field awards.
Lizzo received the most nominations, with eight in total. She was also nominated in all four major general field awards.

The nominees and winners (denoted in bold) for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were as follows:[26]

General field

Record of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance/electronic music

Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Contemporary instrumental music

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Rock

Best Rock Performance

Best Metal Performance

Best Rock Song

Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best R&B Album

Rap

Best Rap Performance

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Best Rap Song

Tyler, the Creator expressed disappointment that his 2019 album Igor was categorized as rap instead of pop, describing the decision as "a backhanded compliment."[27]
Tyler, the Creator expressed disappointment that his 2019 album Igor was categorized as rap instead of pop, describing the decision as "a backhanded compliment."[27]

Best Rap Album

Country

Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

New age

Best New Age Album

Jazz

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/contemporary Christian music

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel Album

Latin

Best Latin Pop Album

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Best Tropical Latin Album

American roots

Best American Roots Performance

Best American Roots Song

Best Americana Album

Best Bluegrass Album

Best Traditional Blues Album

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Best Folk Album

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World music

Best World Music Album

Children's

Best Children's Album

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Musical theater

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for visual media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Composing

Best Instrumental Composition

Arranging

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Package

Best Recording Package

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Notes

Best Album Notes

Historical

Best Historical Album

Production, non-classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Best Remixed Recording

Production, immersive audio

Best Immersive Audio Album

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer of the Year, Classical

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording

Best Choral Performance

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Best Classical Compendium

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Music video/film

Best Music Video

Best Music Film

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Music Educator Award

Multiple nominations and awards

American singer Lizzo received the most nominations, with a total of eight. She was followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who both received six nominations each. The following received multiple nominations:

List of people receiving at least two nominations

Eight:

Six:

Five:

Four:

Three:

Two:

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas received the most awards for their work on Eilish's debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, with five wins for Billie Eilish and six wins for Finneas. Upon this, Eilish became the first artist to win the major four categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist in the same year since Christopher Cross in 1981 as well as the youngest artist to do so at the age of 18.[11] The following received multiple awards:

List of people receiving at least two awards

In Memoriam

American rapper Nipsey Hussle received two awards posthumously.
American rapper Nipsey Hussle received two awards posthumously.

A memorial reel featuring the names of musical artists and industry personnel who had died since the previous year's Grammy ceremony was shown during the telecast.[28] The Recording Academy was criticized for omitting notable artists such as David Berman, Mark Hollis, Keith Flint, Bushwick Bill, Scott Walker, Ranking Roger and Robert Hunter during the telecast, but all were mentioned in a longer list of deceased artists on the Grammys website.[29][30] Ric Ocasek and Camilo Sesto's names were also misspelled in the reel shown during the broadcast.[29]

The individuals listed in the reel, in order of appearance, were:[28]

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