All the best performances from the 2020 Grammy Awards
Lizzo: "Cuz I Love You" and "Truth Hurts"
Kicking off the night with “Tonight’s for Kobe,” Lizzo then launched into a high-energy performance of "Cuz I Love You" with a full orchestra behind her before a group of plus-size ballerinas helped transition into "Truth Hurts." And before Lizzo left the stage, she took time to rock the house with a flute solo. —Sydney Bucksbaum
Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men: "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye"
Host Alicia Keys kicked off the evening with a somber tribute to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who died on Sunday at the age of 41 in a freak helicopter accident that also took the lives of Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter and seven others. “Earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” she said before taking the stage. “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this, so we wanted to do something that could describe, a tiny bit, how we all feel right now.” Boyz II Men then joined Keys in a surprise rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” in honor of Bryant. —Lauren Huff
Jonas Brothers: "Five More Minutes" and "What a Man Gotta Do"
After Billy Porter introduced the gold-clad Jonas Brothers with "Ladies, gentlemen, and those who have yet to make up their mind," the trio took to the stage to debut their new song "Five More Minutes." After the love ballad, Kevin, Joe, and Nick then launched into a rousing performance of "What a Man Gotta Do" as a group of modern swing dancers kept the energy up with hand jive-inspired moves. At one point the camera cut to the J Sisters — a.k.a. Danielle Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Priyanka Chopra — as they danced and sang along to the song that was written for them. —S.B.
Tyler, the Creator and Boyz II Men: "Earfquake" and "New Magic Wand"
Boyz II Men returned to the stage to assist Tyler, the Creator's earth-shaking performance of “Earfquake” and "New Magic Wand" off his 2019 album Igor. An army of Tyler clones surged the stage to dance with him and by the end of the second song, the geometric neighborhood set caught fire and was completely destroyed as Tyler did a swan dive off the back of a podium to disappear among the wreckage. —S.B.
Usher, Sheila E., and FKA twigs: "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," and "Kiss"
Usher kicked off the three-song tribute to Prince, who died in 2016, with the singer’s “Little Red Corvette.” He was joined by percussionist and longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. for the Saturday Night Fever-esque performance. When things segued into “When Doves Cry,” FKA twigs kicked things up a notch with a pole-dancing routine. She later joined Usher at the microphone to dance during his rendition of “Kiss,” but she (sadly) didn’t sing. Even still, the performance was a high-energy way to kick off the evening. —L.H.
Billie Eilish: "When the Party's Over"
Lil Nas X, BTS, Diplo, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nas: "Old Town Road, "Seoul Town Road," and "Rodeo"
It was like watching a game of Old Town Road All Stars for this performance, which featured a massive rotating set. Lil Nas X started the set strumming a guitar in a room on a couch with a Kobe Bryant jersey draped on a chair next to him. The set then rotated into a new room with K-Pop sensation BTS for "Seoul Town Road," before moving again to reveal Billy Ray Cyrus. Lil Nas X briefly left and returned to the stage in a Matrix-inspired outfit and began a metal remix of the song, "Rodeo," with rapper Nas, before the song ended with a bit of fireworks. —L.H.
YG, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, more -- "Higher"
The tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who died in 2019, was a star-studded affair. Friends and collaborators hit the stage to perform a gutting rendition of “Higher,” from DJ Khaled’s album Father of Asahd. Khaled was joined by John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, YG, and Roddy Ricch, all of whom were clad in angelic white ensembles. The performance featured an image of Hussle in the background next to Kobe Bryant, who was also given a shout-out during the set. —L.H.
H.E.R. pulled triple-duty for her performance of “Sometimes,” singing and playing the piano before absolutely slaying an electric guitar solo. Now that's how you wow the Grammys crowd. — S.B.
Gary Clark Jr.: "This Land"
To bring his angry, unapologetic "This Land" to life during the Grammys, Gary Clark Jr. set the stage on fire to create the perfect mood for the anti-racism anthem. —S.B.
Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, Common, Misty Copeland, and more: "I Sing the Body Electric"
In lieu of a traditional tribute send-off, retiring Grammys executive producer Ken Erhlich opted for a musical dance-infused medley of "I Sing the Body Electric," from 1980 musical movie Fame. Camila Cabello came back onstage to kick the number off, and passed things off to Cyndi Lauper. Ben Platt then came out, followed by Common, who did a rap verse. Gary Clark Jr., Lee Curreri, and an orchestra provided instrumentals, and members of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and acclaimed ballet dancer Misty Copeland topped the number off with a stunning display of dance prowess. —L.H.