Grammys 2020: See All the Most Powerful Performance Photos of the Night
After dedicating the night to Kobe Bryant following his sudden passing on Sunday, Lizzo kicked off the show with a powerhouse performance of her song "Cuz I Love You," bringing the entire audience to their feet.
With a quick costume change, the eight-time Grammy nominee performed her hit single "Truth Hurts," which won her the best pop solo performance award. She also took home best urban contemporary album and traditional R&B performance.
Hosting for the second year in a row, Alicia Keys began by paying tribute to Kobe Bryant and addressing the somber mood in the room before performing an emotional rendition of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye" with Boyz II Men.
"I know how much he loved music, so we gotta make this a celebration in his honor. He would want us to keep the vibrations high," Keys said.
The "Girl on Fire" singer then took to the piano to play a Grammys-centric parody of Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved."
Ten years after their last Grammys nomination, The Jonas Brothers had the audience (and their own wives) jamming out to their new single "What A Man Gotta Do."
Before taking home the award for best rap album for Igor (his first Grammy!), Tyler, the Creator rocked the house with a fiercely energetic performance of his songs "Earfquake" and "New Magic Wand," backed by a troupe of lookalike dancers.
Usher, FKA Twigs and Prince's one-time fiancée Sheila E. paid tribute to the late musical legend with a grooving, sensual medley of his songs, including "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss."
Camila Cabello brought tears to our eyes as she serenaded her father Alejandro, whom she brought to the show as her date, with her single "First Man" as home videos of the pair played in the background.
Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker took the stage to perform their song "Bring My Flowers Now," which earned them the Grammy for best country song. The pair, who teamed up for their album While I'm Livin', also took home the award for best country album.
After slipping out of her dress and into something a little more comfortable — namely, a pair of frilly pajamas — Grande belted out her songs "7 Rings" and "Thank U, Next" alongside a group of backup dancers while dancing around a bedroom set. In addition to her performance, Grande received five nominations this year, including album of the year and record of the year.
Billie's voice will be haunting us long after this party's over. Dressed in matching sequin Gucci suits, best new artist Eilish and her older brother and producer Finneas gave a haunting performance of her song "When the Party's Over" for her first-ever Grammys performance.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler waded into the audience to let Lizzo sing along for a moment during his song "Livin' on the Edge" before he rocked out with Run–D.M.C.'s Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels for a crowd-pleasing performance of the 1977 hit "Walk This Way."
Six-time Grammy nominee Lil Nas X took us on a journey through his many, many variations of "Old Town Road" with a colorful set that swiveled to reveal his collaborators, including fellow Grammy winner Billy Ray Cyrus.
The rapper was also joined by a banjo-strumming Diplo and Mason Ramsey, who went viral as "Walmart Yodeling Kid."
And in case that wasn't enough, BTS had teenage girls everywhere squealing as they performed a choreographed dance and sang their verse (swapping "Old" for "Seoul") alongside him.
Last but not least, 'Lil' Nas brought out the original Nas himself to perform "Rodeo," another song off his Grammy-nominated album, 7.
For her first performance in more than a year and a half, Demi Lovato had our hearts breaking and jaws dropping as she debuted her emotional song "Anyone," which she wrote shortly before her July 2018 overdose. The entire audience rose to their feet for a standing ovation as she finished the moving moment.
Meek Mill started off the heartfelt tribute to Nipsey Hussle, the late rap icon who was posthumously nominated for three Grammy awards this year. Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was a rapper and gun control activist who was tragically shot outside his Marathon Clothing Company store in Los Angeles in March 2019. He was 33.
The star-studded tribute featured John Legend on the piano and DJ Khaled on the mic, backed by a chorus dressed entirely in white and gold, while a video of Hussle rapping was played on a screen above. Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG also joined in to honor the late rapper's powerful legacy.
Spanish singer Rosalía stunned with a flamenco dance moment as she performed her songs "Juro Qué" and "Malamente." The 26-year-old best new artist nominee took home the Grammy for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album for El Mal Querer.
Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard — who was nominated for best rock song and best rock performance this year — and host Alicia Keys took to the stage to perform a stripped-down version of "Underdog."
Ten-time Grammy nominee H.E.R. started off her soulful rendition of her song "Sometimes" on the piano, backed by a trumpeting chorus in silhouette.
As the energy built, the singer strode toward the mic and unleashed an epic guitar solo before finishing off the song. For the second year in a row, H.E.R. nabbed five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for I Used to Know Her and record and song of the year for "Hard Place."
Bonnie Raitt, a 10-time Grammy winner, paid tribute to country singer-songwriter and Grammy lifetime achievement award winner John Prine with a performance of his song "Angel from Montgomery," which she recorded in 1974.
"This Land" singer Gary Clark Jr. performed his Grammy-winning song along with The Roots while rocking out on the guitar. In addition to "This Land" taking home the awards for best rock song and best rock performance, his album of the same name also won the award for best contemporary blues album.
Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band marched on stage as they performed following the In Memoriam segment honoring musical legends lost this year.
Music's biggest night ended in full musical style, with a star-studded tribute to longtime Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich. Camila Cabello was first joined onstage by Cyndi Lauper, followed by Ben Platt, Gary Clark Jr., Common, pianist Lang Lang, husband and wife duo The War and Treaty and more to perform "I Sing the Body Electric" from 1980's Fame while ballerina Misty Copeland led a group of dancers.