The 2020 Grammy Awards were filled with tributes to Los Angeles icons, celebrating the lives and legacies of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and rapper Nipsey Hussle, who won his first Grammy posthumously on Sunday night (January 26). The Grammys kicked off with a performance in honour of Bryant, who died just hours before the awards began. 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 performer who died last year, in March 2019 – and won the trophy for best rap performance for the track Racks in the Middle . We are heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built Alicia Keys at the 2020 Grammy Awards Best and worst dressed at the Grammys 2020 – video Filmmaker Ava DuVernay introduced the performance, which featured band players, background dancers and Legend wearing traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean clothing in honour of Hussle’s African roots. Mill performed a new song called Letter to Nipsey, while others joined together for Higher – the DJ Khaled single featuring Hussle and Legend – which also won best rap/sung performance. “Rest in peace Nipsey Hussle. Rest in peace Kobe Bryant,” DJ Khaled said as photos of the entertainers appeared on-screen. The show – which took place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, home of Bryant’s long-term NBA team, the LA Lakers – kicked off with a touching, emotional, a cappella performance of It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday by host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men. “Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best, but to be honest with you, we are all feeling crazy sadness right now,” Keys said as she entered the stage, adding that “Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero”. She said 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 added. “Take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families.” Before the show officially honoured Bryant, Lizzo performed the songs Truth Hurts and Cuz I Love You , saying at the start of the show: “Tonight is for Kobe”. Lizzo, who also won two honours during the pre-telecast, won best pop solo performance for Truth Hurts during the live telecast. “Hold on one second,” she said, catching her breath. “Thank you to the academy. This is really (expletive) sick.” Did Beyoncé just slight plus-size women with new streetwear collection? Lizzo was among the mix of newcomers and well-known acts who were recognised with their first-ever Grammy Awards, a list which also included Tanya Tucker, J. Cole, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Bareilles, Rosalía, 21 Savage and Tyler, the Creator – and former first lady Michelle Obama, who won best spoken word album for the audiobook of her memoir, Becoming . “To my mother, you did a great job raising this guy,” Tyler, who won best rap album, said to his mother, who was onstage and crying by his side. However Billie Eilish was the biggest winner, taking home five top prizes including best new artist, best song and record, for the single Bad Guy , and best album and best pop vocal album for debut long-player “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”. Meanwhile her brother Finneas – who co-wrote, produced and engineered his sister’s debut album – also walked away with his own trophies for best engineered album (non-classical), best pop vocal album (shared with his sister) and non-classical producer of the year. “My heart is beating so fast right now,” Finneas said. “This award belongs to my sister Billie for her trust and vision.” Finneas assisted his sister by playing keys while she gave a soft, pitch perfect performance of When the Party’s Over . Blood-written fan mail and kidnapping – the dark side of K-pop fandom Demi Lovato, who has mostly taken a break from the public since summer 2018, gave a stirring, vocally top-notch performance that earned her a standing ovation. She was so emotional that she had to restart the song as a teardrop ran down her cheek. Camila Cabello’s performance of First Man – a song dedicated to her father – also induced tears. Cabello walked off the stage to her dad’s seat to finish singing the song in front of him, while he teared up. Audience members were emotional, too, including Gwen Stefani. Ariana Grande had a lengthy performance – probably to make up for the drama that surrounded her axed appearance last year. Rap group Run DMC revived its historic collaboration with Aerosmith to rock the Grammys stage, while Usher, Sheila E. and FKA Twigs all paid tribute to Prince. Lil Nas X brought the story of super-smash Old Town Road to life by performing alongside the artists who helped the song stay at No. 1 for 19 weeks through various remixes, including BTS, Mason Ramsey, Diplo and the track’s main co-star, Billy Ray Cyrus. 7 celebrities who are helping in the fight against Australia’s wildfires Veteran rapper Nas then joined Lil Nas X for a new song, shouting out Bryant at the end: “Kobe, we love you”. Lizzo – who walked into the show as the most-nominated artist with eight total nods – took just three trophies, losing out on album of the year to Eilish, who also beat out other nominees including Grande, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, H.E.R., Bon Iver and Lil Nas X. Lizzo’s Billboard No. 1 hit, Truth Hurts , also missed out on song and record of the year to Eilish, who took both prizes for her own chart-topper, Bad Guy . Who was best dressed at the SAG Awards 2020? Other record of the year nominees included Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road, Grande’s 7 Rings , Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower , H.E.R.’s Hard Place , Bon Iver’s Hey, Ma and Khalid’s Talk . Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .