Billie Eilish’s Clean Sweep at the 62nd Grammys

Hannah Ortiz, Contributing Writer

On Sunday, January 26, CBS broadcast the 62nd Grammy Awards from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alicia Keys reprised her role as the show’s hostess and presented for the second consecutive year. 

The pre-Grammy Gala and the Grammys itself were peppered with tributes to basketball icon Kobe Bryant, who had passed away earlier that day. Keys opened the ceremony with a tribute to Bryant, saying “We’re standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” as the Staples Center is the home of Bryant’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and DJ Khaled also acknowledged Bryant in their performances.

Lizzo had the most nominations of the night, with eight including Best New Artist. Her album “Cuz I Love You” was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Standout single “Truth Hurts” was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Finally, “Exactly How I Feel” was nominated for Best R&B Performance and “Jerome” was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Lizzo won Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts” and encouraged other musicians to make music that “liberates people.”

18-year-old singer Billie Eilish had six nominations and won in all of her categories. Like Lizzo, Eilish was nominated for Best New Artist. She won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” Her single “bad guy” was awarded Record of the Year and Song of the Year. 

Eilish is the youngest artist ever to win in the Big Four categories: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. 

When accepting her Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, Eilish said, “Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this?” In the audience, Ariana Grande gestured to Eilish and mouthed the word “No,” telling her to enjoy her moment.

Phinneas O’Connell, Eilish’s brother and the producer of her award-winning album, received awards for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

Tyler, the Creator won Best Rap Album for “Igor,” accompanying this with a performance featuring Boys II Men and Charlie Wilson. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won Best Pop Group/Duo Performance. Tanya Tucker won Best Country Song for “Bring My Flowers Now.” Only nine awards were accepted on-screen.

As always, a range of performances lit up the Grammy stage. BTS, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Diplo joined Lil Nas X for a performance of “Seoul Town Road.” Blake Shelton joined Gwen Stefani for a duet of “Nobody But You.” Demi Lovato debuted her new single, “Anyone,” with an emotional performance that brought the audience to their feet. Ariana Grande performed a mashup of her songs “imagine,” “7 rings,” and “thank u, next.” Camila Cabello sang “First Man” to her father, who sat in the front row of the audience.

About 18.7 million people watched the Grammys, the lowest turnout in twelve years. However, this number only accounts for the viewers who watched the event on live television.