Ariana Grande Does A Full Split In Three-Part Grammys Performance

A year ago, Ariana Grande and the Grammys were in a bit of a weird spot. Grande, whose album Thank U, Next was released mere days before the 2019 ceremony, decided to bow out of her scheduled performance, tweeting that “my creativity & self expression was stifled” by producer Ken Ehrlich. (She won her first Grammy anyway.)

This year, though, Grande’s making up for lost time. When she took the stage at the 2020 ceremony, she didn’t just sing a single song, or even two. The pop superstar rolled through an intimate “Imagine,” a statement-making “7 Rings” (including an introductory bit of “My Favorite Things,” a song it interpolates), and a sweetly simple “Thank U, Next” to close things out.

With lots of choreo, an outfit swap, and even a change of scenery, Ari made his time count — and shrank the grand Sweetener tour down to its most emotional parts.

First up was a minimalist take on “Imagine” sung in front of a glowing blue and purple orb, not unlike the ones that adorned the stage backdrop on her tour. With a little help from a lush string section (including a harp), the delicate Thank U, Next cut set a typical awards-show scene, one Grande kept up with her long gloves and a dark dress. The strings also lent “My Favorite Things” some additional drama — and then it was playtime.

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A quick costume change into a silky, poofy robe led into a bedroom set change where a pink-hued slumber party, like the one in the song’s beloved video, featured tons and tons of choreo. Ari got loose, did a split (!), rolled into a proper strut, and punctuated things with a money toss. Naturally.

An a cappella “Thank U, Next” saw Ari changing the lyrics a bit (“I be thinking about my dad / ‘Cause he’s really awesome”); the whole thing found a very soft landing with string accompaniment and a tender ending right on the bed, putting her ring (one of the seven, obviously) back into its box, and a smile.

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Grande dressed like a gray cloud emoji on the red carpet and even found time for a quick outfit change as well. She’s up for Album of the Year and Record of the Year tonight as well.

Find all of MTV News’s 2020 Grammys coverage right here.

Demi Lovato’s Soaring Grammys Return Was Full Of Tears And Triumph

Just 18 months ago, Demi Lovato‘s future looked unsure. Tonight (January 26) at the Grammys, her shining appearance onstage was a statement in itself.

In a long and flowing dress, Lovato surged through “Anyone,” a seemingly desperate song she recently revealed she’d written just four days before her near-fatal overdose in July 2018. “I feel stupid when I sing,” she sang, “nobody’s listening to me.”

Alone at the mic and accompanied only by a piano, Lovato had to begin the song again after her an emotional start caught her off guard. Indeed, she sang the song’s beginning with tears streaming down her face. But by the end, a choked-up voice had been replaced with soaring vocals that scratched the rafters of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Throughout the tune, Lovato used language that spoke directly about her struggles with substance abuse. “Tired of empty conversation cause no one hears me anymore,” she sang amid references to how she “confided in alcohol.” After she wrapped the song’s final notes, the lights turned on to reveal a rapturous response of support from the folks in the room.

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Ahead of the show, Lovato opened up to Zane Lowe about the state her mind was in when she penned the song. “I listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help,” she admitted. “You kind of listen back to it and you think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, ‘Let’s help this girl?'” A month before her overdose, Lovato released one of her most personal songs to date, “Sober,” in which she made lyrical references to relapsing.

But “Anyone,” with its resolve and sheer vocal power on the Grammys stage, was a powerful statement from an artist who’s spent well over a decade in the showbiz spotlight and has been very public about her struggles with mental health, substance abuse, and an eating disorder. There’s more to come, too; she told Lowe she’s working on a new studio album and that her next song will “tell more of the story.”

After the overdose, Lovato took some much-needed time away to recover. This Grammys performance marks her first public performance since 2018, and she’s not done yet. The 27-year-old powerhouse will also sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV next weekend in Miami Gardens.

Until then, watch Lovato’s riveting debut of “Anyone” in the clip above. And find all of MTV News’s 2020 Grammys coverage right here.

When Tyler, The Creator’s Bawling Mom Joined Him On Stage, I Felt That

Tyler, The Creator has won the award for Best Rap Album for Igor at the 62nd Grammys Awards. In true Tyler fashion, he brought emotions out of everyone thanks to an unprepared speech involving his mother and list of influences

Tyler took the stage and let everyone know that he hadn’t prepared anything, so he was speaking from the heart. With a bulleted format, Tyler went over everyone who brought him to the point that he is today, to be able to make such an inventive album like Igor. “One, to my mother, you did a great job raising this guy,” he said as his mother bawled beside him. For his second point, he thanked his managers, saying, “you guys took a seed and watered it and I thank you for trusting my ideas.”

He continued by then pointing to fellow Odd Future member Jasper Dolphin. “Three, to my friends and my family for trusting my ideas and putting up with my annoying hyperactive energy,” he went on, also saying that he never fully felt accepted in rap.

For his last point, he thanked Pharrell Williams for “allowing me to be comfortable with myself and that opened up so many doors that you couldn’t imagine.”

Some of those opened doors for Igor were burned down earlier in the night thanks to Tyler’s ridiculous Grammy performance where, with an army of clones, he burned down a suburban neighborhood with performances of “Earfquake,” with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men, and “New Magic Wand.” It was representative of just how imaginative that Tyler is and surefire proof of why he won Best Rap Album in the first place.

Check out the full speech up above.

We’re constantly updating our list of winners at the Grammys, so make sure to keep swinging back to see who’s taking home the trophies. And if you want some even deeper, in-depth Grammy coverage, head here.

Billie Eilish Unleashed Her Prettiest Falsetto For Her First Grammy Performance

Billie Eilish got her Grammy party started on Sunday night (January 26), by, ironically enough, singing about the party being through.

Perched on a stool, the 18-year-old sang “When the Party’s Over,” a hauntingly beautiful ballad from her hit debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. As always, she was accompanied by her big brother and constant collaborator, Finneas, who played the piano and chimed in with his own vocal harmonies (along with a huge choir behind them). The sibling duo even coordinated in glittering white ensembles that were basically the total opposite of the reptile-inspired look Eilish rocked on the red carpet. With her delicate falsetto filling the arena, you could say Billie was sparkling in more ways than one.

Eilish’s performance came after she took home her very first Grammy — before the telecast, she won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Finneas, meanwhile, won Best Engineered Album (non-classical) and Producer of the Year (non-classical). Eilish is also up for an additional five awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. No matter what happens, it’s been one hell of a party already.

Jonas Brothers Debut A Swoon-Worthy Ballad For The J-Sisters At The Grammys

Just in case you had any doubts whatsoever, we’re here to confirm that, yes, the Jonas Brothers are back and better than ever. Just over a week after releasing their latest single, “What A Man Gotta Do,” on January 17, the brothers took the stage at the 62nd Grammy Awards for an electrifying  performance that included trumpets, the Hand Jive, and most importantly, a never-before-heard track.

The JoBros’ highly anticipated performance began with the siblings on a b-stage located in a middle of the audience. It was there, dressed in coordinating black and gold suits, that they debuted their brand new song, “Five More Minutes.” The romantic ballad seems to be an ode to their wives, and in it, they plead for just a little more time with the ones they love most. Kevin even gave his wife, Danielle, a mid-performance kiss.

Soon enough, the trio made their way to the main stage for an upbeat and energizing performance of “What A Man Gotta Do.” Joined by trumpeters and Hand Jive dancers, the brothers lit up the stage. They also included elements of their recent music video, which pays homage to several movies, but perhaps most notably the iconic homecoming dance scene from Grease. Thus, the Hand Jive dancers.

Inevitably, much of the social conversation around the performance was about their new ballad, which Nick teased during a January 22 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “We have a very special performance lined up,” Nick said. “We don’t want to give anything away, but we’re playing the new song that just came out, and then we’re doing something else which I don’t think anyone’s going to expect.”

Their performance, of course, was just one of several reasons why this year’s Grammys meant so much to the Jonas Brothers. The group was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their comeback single, “Sucker.” And while they may have lost to Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road,” they’re still winners in our eyes after such a vibrant, feel-good set.

Camila Cabello’s Grammy Performance Ended With Lots Of Tears And A Big Hug

Camila Cabello only had eyes for one man during her performance at the 2020 Grammys, and it wasn’t Shawn Mendes.

The singer wasn’t previously announced as a performer prior to the awards show on Sunday night (January 26), which made her appearance all the more special. And she definitely made the surprise worthwhile, taking the opportunity to debut “First Man” live. The closing track from her recently released sophomore album, Romance, is a tearjerker of a ballad dedicated to her dad, Alejandro, who accompanied Cabello to the show. That’s right — even though her main squeeze and “Señorita” duet partner, Mendes, was also in attendance, the couple didn’t walk the red carpet together. Instead, Cabello made it a family affair both on the carpet and on the stage, belting “First Man” with absolute grace.

Accompanied by just a piano player, Cabello smiled throughout her performance, singing about how her dad is “the first man that really loved me.” Making it even sweeter, home videos of the father/daughter pair were projected on screens around her, and she finished the performance by walking into the crowd and giving her teary-eyed “first man” a big hug. Are you crying yet?!

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Along with taking the stage at this year’s Grammys, Cabello also earned her third nomination — she and Mendes’s “Señorita” is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Meanwhile, this marked Cabello’s second solo performance at the Grammys, following her star-studded rendition of “Havana” at last year’s show. If this continues to be a trend every year, we’re all for it!

Lizzo, Grammy Winner, Asks Everyone In The Room To ‘Lift Each Other Up’

As the first Grammy award given out during the first Grammys telecast of the 2020s, the Best Pop Solo Performance presentation had a bit of prestige to it to begin with. And given this year’s field of nominees, it felt even more momentous. That’s why when Lizzo stepped onstage to accept the award near the start of the show on Sunday night (January 26), her words rang out throughout the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Choking back tears and looking visibly shaken, one of 2019’s biggest breakout stars still looked right at home with a golden gramophone in her hand. “This whole week, I be lost in my problems, stressed out, and then in an instant, all of that can go away and your priorities really shift,” she said, “and today, all my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone.”

She was gracious as she shouted out the other musicians, artists, producers, writers, and more in the room as well even as she celebrated her win for “Truth Hurts.” “You guys create beautiful music, you guys create connectivity,” she said. “This is the beginning of making music that moves people again and music that liberates people.”

Lizzo would know a thing or two about that. Her 2019 debut album Cuz I Love You felt like an announcement, though she’s been making music for the better part of the past decade. It took a few key planet-aligning moments for her 2017 “Truth Hurts” to go supersonic last year, but when it did, Lizzo became a cultural phenomenon. Before the ceremony began airing, she had already collected two awards, one for Best Traditional R&B Performance and one for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

In the category, she beat out Beyoncé‘s inspiring Lion King soundtrack cut “Spirit,” Billie Eilish‘s offbeat pop monster “Bad Guy,” Ariana Grande‘s dazzling “7 Rings,” and Taylor Swift‘s celebratory anthem “You Need to Calm Down.”

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During her speech, Lizzo made sure to thank all the creative people who helped her get to where she is now, including her collaborator Quinn Wilson, and said if it wasn’t for those folks by her side, she might be “sleeping in [her] car.” She concluded with a passionate call: “Thank you so much for lifting me up. Let’s continue to reach out, hold each other down, and lift each other up.”

Her win also came mere minutes after her rousing performances of “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts” to open the show.

See all of MTV News’s 2020 Grammys coverage right here.

Lizzo’s Dazzling Grammys Opener Proves She’s The Best Flute Player. Period!

The 62nd Grammy Awards are off to an incredible start, and it’s all thanks to the one and only Lizzo. The “Truth Hurts” singer took the stage tonight (January 26) for a two-song performance that proved to everyone watching exactly why she earned a grand total of eight Grammy nominations this year.

The singer-rapper-flautist kicked things off by appropriately dedicating music’s biggest night to Kobe Bryant, who died this morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, per TMZ‘s report. “Tonight is for Kobe,” she said before delivering a passionate and heartfelt performance of her 2019 album’s title track, “Cuz I Love You.”

After showing off her incredible vocal range and moving effortlessly into an angelic falsetto, Lizzo disappeared to change out of her black sparkly ballgown and into something a little more, well, her. Before we knew it, she she was back to perform her hit single “Truth Hurts” in a futuristic bodysuit with neon accents. Would you expect anything less?

There was one thing missing, though: her flute, affectionately known as “Sasha Flute.” Fortunately, her trusty instrument dropped down from the ceiling just in time for her to show off her skills, and after playing the flute like nobody’s business, she shouted exactly what we were all thinking: “Period!”

Once the emotional and energetic performance came to a close, the “Good As Hell” singer burst into tears. It’s not hard to understand why, either. In addition to no longer having the pressure of performing on music’s biggest stage, Lizzo’s up for so many awards tonight. And the best part? She’s already won!

So far, Lizzo’s won for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. She’s also earned nods for Best R&B Performance as well as all of the “Big Four” categories, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. And while it’s unclear at the moment just how many awards she’ll be leaving with, she’s already made it clear that tonight’s her night.

Tyler, The Creator And His Army Of Clones Burned Down The Grammys

Tyler, The Creator brought an absolutely wild performance to the stage at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Yes, he wore the blond wig. Yes, he chose a creepy suit to wear with it to complete the silhouette that he’s obsessed with. And, finally, yes, it’s Igor to the max – wondrously colorful, ridiculously over-the-top, and the topic of water-cooler conversation for weeks, and maybe years, to come. With both Charlie Wilson and legendary R & B group Boyz II Men, Tyler brought some phenomenal energy to both “Earfquake” and “New Magic Wand” with an epic live show.

Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson kicked the performance off around a fire, singing the song’s watery vocals while Tyler stood beside them, vibing to the music. Tyler then did an intense breathing exercise before elevating the creep factor, swelling his eyeballs until they were about to pop. He then switched over to “New Magic Wand” while red lights flashed chaotically behind them and, in signature Tyler fashion, he became unhinged at the mental synapses. Clones of him then stormed the stage as he elevated into the air.

Could Tyler get any weirder? Of course! The camera began to shake like an earfquake and Tyler and his clones began jumping like madmen, only for Boyz II Men to calm everyone down with their silky smooth voices. After a moment of peace, the earfquake raged again as the neighborhood backdrop melted around him, giving Tyler the appearance of a wicked demon. Once the madness reached a boiling point, Tyler fell into the ground, swallowed up by the chaos.

Tyler, The Creator’s Igor-inspired performance could be a sign of what’s going to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album. The rapper dropped the LP last May and warned fans that it wasn’t going to be some boilerplate musical smoothie of just bars and hard beats. Seriously. He demanded, in all caps, for fans to loosen their minds when consuming it. “’DON’T GO INTO THIS EXPECTING A RAP ALBUM. DON’T GO INTO THIS EXPECTING ANY ALBUM,” he screamed, very literaturely (that’s definitely not a word), in a note posted to Twitter.

Lizzo’s Glitz, Lil Nas X’s Pink Suit, And More Looks From The Grammys Red Carpet

As the 62nd Grammy Awards kicked off, nominees, performers, and presenters strolled down the red carpet dressed to the nines. From glittering gowns to Gucci-monogram acrylic nails to pearlescent suits, it was all about the playful glamour tonight (January 26) outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Cowboy hats and plethora fringe were in abundance for some major yeehaw vibes; see which celebs really shined below.

Yola

The British Walk Through Fire Grammys debut is a success story realized. Now a Best New Artist nominee, Yola was forced into homelessness in 2013 after her group Phantom Group disbanded in 2013. Her sparkling, flamingo-pink gown is decked out in fringe feels like an outward expression of joy.

Lizzo

It’s a huge night for Lizzo. It’s her first time attending the Grammys and the singer is nominated for eight awards tonight, including Record of the Year and Best New Artist. In true 100% that bitch fashion, she came dressed to slay, arriving in a gem-encrusted white Versace gown and swaddled in a luxurious fur stole.

Billy Porter

There’s no denying that the Pose star is a red carpet darling but Porter really outdid himself tonight. Upon posing, the fringe on his wide-brim slowly retracted, revealing a bold, shimmering silver lip beneath. A spider bracelet hinted that that the decadent layers of fringe would have us all caught in Porter’s web.

Ariana Grande

It seemed as if Ari arrived in a cloud of smoke, showing up in ruffles on ruffles on ruffles of gray tulle for her first Grammys since 2016 (despite winning big at the 2019 show). Rocking her signature high pony and matching gray gloves, Ariana looked like a couture princess ready for a ball. Who needs a prince?

Rosalía

The Spanish songstress arrived in a body-contouring, red-leather dress, cinched at the waist by a stack of woven belts. Cowboy fringe was a trend this evening, and Rosalía is doing it right.

Nikita Dragun

True to her namesake, beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun arrived with a face and body decked out in pearlescent bobbles, giving her the appearance of a long lost relative of House Targeryen.

Tyler, The Creator

The spitfire hip-hop provocateur and Best Rap Album nominee was giving off some big Grand Budapest Hotel energy, wearing a campy pink bellhop suit with (spotless) white gloves and a cheetah-print trunk. What’s in the bag? Looks like a shirt Steve from Blue’s Clues might wear.

Billie Eilish

Ever the Gucci gal, Billie Eilish arrived decked out head-to-talon by the designer. The chartreuse detailing on her two-piece suit matched her iconic dye-job perfectly and it was all cinched by her green monogram acrylic nails. Reptilian glamour in 2020, anyone?

Lil Nas X

For second look of the evening — Lil Nas X won his first Grammy before the show even began — the “Old Town Road” singer wore a bright pink Versace suite, complete with a mesh undershirt and matching harness. Like, country but make it club-ready.