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Seoul Town Road, emotional tributes and Queen Lizzo: the best moments from the 2020 Grammy Awards

It was a night of high emotions and powerful performances

Some of the most memorable moments from a very emotional Grammy Awards came from Lil Nas X and BTS; Demi Lovato and Lizzo. 
Some of the most memorable moments from a very emotional Grammy Awards came from Lil Nas X and BTS; Demi Lovato and Lizzo. 

It's the biggest night in music, and the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were a particularly emotional affair.

The awards took place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on the same day that Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

There were heartfelt tributes paid to the star throughout the night, alongside plenty of other stand-out moments. Here are some of the best bits from the 2020 Grammy Awards ...

Seoul Town Road

Two of the biggest acts from the past year – Lil Nas X and BTS – teamed up and put a K-pop twist on hit single Old Town Road. The star-studded performance saw the country rap star, who won two Grammys on the night, walk through a series of revolving rooms into different collaborations, one of which was seven-piece boyband BTS. They performed an adapted verse before entering into the chorus with Lil Nas X, switching the lyrics up with Seoul Town Road, and matching choreography to boot.

Sibling love

Billie Eilish took home one of the biggest awards of the night when Bad Guy was named Song of the Year. Eilish, who is just 18, took her brother and songwriting partner Finneas O'Connell on stage with her, introducing him to the audience as her "best friend". He later dedicated the award to all the "kids out there making music at home in their bedrooms", adding, "you'll win one of these one day".

A dedication to Kobe Bryant

Host Alicia Keys led an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant. Joined on stage by Boyz II Men, they sang an a capella version of It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday. “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.” She said the audience was “heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

A Cinderella moment

This combination of photos shows fashion worn by nominee Ariana Grande at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photos by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ariana Grande wears a stunning grey tulle Giambattista Valli dress for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. AP

Ariana Grande marked her Grammys return with a fairy tale moment. The nominee missed out on last year's awards after a disagreement with producers over her scheduled performance. Instead, the star posted an image of herself at home on Grammys night, in the dress she would have worn. She definitely got her Cinderella moment this year.

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Lizzo's flute performance

Lizzo plays the flute during her performance at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Lizzo plays the flute during her performance at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. AP

It's been a huge year for Lizzo. The artist has been making music for a long time, but 2019 was the year that she really blew up, and that was cemented with her three wins on the night. She opened the show with a mash-up of her two hits Cuz I Love You and Truth Hurts, and also treated the crowd to one of her trademark flute solos in the middle. Accepting her Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance, she said, "Thank you so much for lifting me up. Let's continue to reach out, hold each other down and lift each other up."

Demi Lovato's powerful performance

Demi Lovato has made no secret of her struggles in recent years, and on Sunday, she made an emotional return to the stage with poignant ballad Anyone. The song details her struggles with alcohol and loneliness and star sang through tears as her piano played chimed the first keys. She was so emotional, she had to start the song again, with gentle encouragement from the crowd. She went on to deliver a powerful and moving performance, which had the crowd on their feet.

Updated: January 27, 2020 10:32 AM

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