The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family.
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — created in the musicians’ Los Angeles home — helped Eilish win the top four honors, including album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. The 18-year-old is the youngest artist to achieve the feat and the first to do so since Christopher Cross did in 1981.
Finneas — who co-wrote, produced and engineered the album, walked away as Sunday’s top winner with six. Eilish won five honors.
Los Angeles, where the show was held, had a central theme at the show Sunday: hometown heroes Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant, a global icon, were honored and celebrated at the show.
The Grammys kicked off with a performance in honor of Bryant, who died hours before the awards along with his daughter and seven others. And later in the show Hussle’s collaborators and friends, including DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG, gave an all-star tribute to the man who died last year.
Hussle also posthumously won his first pair of Grammys on Sunday.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay introduced the performance, which featured band players, background dancers and Legend wearing traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean clothing in honor of Hussle’s African roots. Mill performed a new song called “Letter to Nipsey” while others joined together for “Higher,” which won best rap/sung performance.
“This is for Nipsey Hussle. This is for hip-hop,” said DJ Khaled, who collaborated on the song with Legend and Hussle, whose family stood onstage.
“We all love him. We all miss him. It’s terrible that we had to lose him so early,” Legend said. “We’ve seen some tragedy today and last year … let’s hold each other tight.”
The show — which took place at the Staples Center, Bryant’s old stomping ground — began with a touching, emotional and a cappella performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men.
“Los Angeles, America and the world-wide world lost a hero,” Keys said, adding that the audience was “heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”
“Right now Kobe and his daughter Gianna … are in our spirits, they’re in our hearts, they’re in prayers, they’re in this building,” she said. “Take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families.”
Full List Of Grammy 2020 Winners:
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Finneas
Best Pop Vocal Album Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]”
Best Americana Album Keb’ Mo’ – Oklahoma
Best American Roots Song I’m With Her – “Call My Name”
Best American Roots Performance Sara Bareilles – Saint Honesty
Best World Music Album Angelique Kidjo – Celia
Best R&B Album Anderson .Paak – Ventura
Best Urban Contemporary Album Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Best R&B Song PJ Morton – “Say So [ft. JoJo]”
Best Traditional R&B Performance Lizzo – “Jerome”
Best R&B Performance Anderson .Paak – “Come Home [ft. Andre 3000]”
Best Alternative Music Album Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Best Rock Album Cage the Elephant – Social Cues
Best Rock Song Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”
Best Metal Performance Tool – “7empest”
Best Rock Performance Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
Best Musical Theater Album Hadestown
Best Contemporary Classical Composition Jennifer Higdon, composer – Higdon: Harp Concerto
Best Classical Compendium Nadia Shpachenko – The Poetry of Places
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Joyce Didonato – Songplay
Best Classical Instrumental Solo Nicola Benedetti – Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Attacca Quartet – Shaw: Orange
Best Choral Performance Ken Cowan; Houston Chamber Choir – Duruflé: Complete Choral Works
Best Opera Recording Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus – Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Orchestral Performance Los Angeles Philharmonic – Norman: Sustain
Producer of the Year, Classical Blanton Alspaugh
Best Engineered Album, Classical Kronos Quartet – Riley: Sun Rings
Best Rap Song 21 Savage – “A Lot [ft. J. Cole]”
Best Rap Performance Nipsey Hussle – “Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]”
Best Tropical Latin Album (Tie)Marc Anthony – Opus Aymée Nuviola – A Journey Through Cuban Music
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) Mariachi Los Camperos – De Ayer Para Siempre
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Rosalía – El Mal Querer
Best Latin Pop Album Alejandro Sanz – #ELDISCO
Best Roots Gospel Album Gloria Gaynor – Testimony
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for KING & COUNTRY – Burn the Ships
Best Gospel Album Kirk Franklin – Long Live Love
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for KING & COUNTRY and Dolly Parton – “God Only Knows”
Best Gospel Performance/Song Kirk Franklin – “Love Theory”
Best Country Album Tanya Tucker – While I’m Livin’
Best Country Song Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
Best Country Solo Performance Willie Nelson – “Ride Me Back Home”
Best Latin Jazz Album Chick Corea & the Spanish Heart Band – Antidote
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Brian Lynch Big Band – The Omni-american Book Club
Best Jazz Instrumental Album Brad Mehldau – Finding Gabriel
Best Jazz Vocal Album Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells
Best Improvised Jazz Solo Randy Brecker – “Sozinho”
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest – “All Night Long”
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Jacob Collier – “Moon River”
Best Instrumental Composition John Williams – “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite”
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution
Best Dance/Electronic Album The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
Best Dance Recording The Chemical Brothers – “Got to Keep On”
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) Michelle Obama – Becoming
Best Children’s Music Album Jon Samson – Ageless Songs For the Child Archetype
Best Reggae Album Koffee – Rapture
Best Regional Roots Music Album Ranky Tanky – Good Time
Best Folk Album Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
Best Contemporary Blues Album Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
Best Traditional Blues Album Delbert McClinton & Self-made Men – Tall, Dark & Handsome
Best Bluegrass Album Michael Cleveland – Tall Fiddler
Best New Age Album Peter Kater – Wings
Best Music Film Beyoncé – Homecoming
Best Music Video Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Official Movie)”
Best Immersive Audio Album Anita Brevik, Trondheimsolistene & Nidarosdomens Jentekor – Lux
Best Remixed Recording Madonna – “I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Best Historical Album Pete Seeger – Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Best Album Notes Steve Greenberg – Stax ’68: A Memphis Story
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package Various Artists – Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary
Best Recording Package Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell
Best Song Written for Visual Media Lady Gaga – “I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)”
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born