The 6 most memorable moments of the Grammys 2020, from BTS guesting on 'Old Town Road' to Kobe Bryant tributes

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Many artists paid tribute to the late LA Lakers basketball legend, including host Alicia Keys, and Lizzo, who kicked off the award ceremony with her bold opening performance

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Host US singer-songwriter Alicia Keys speaks about late NBA legend Kobe Bryant during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards were a more sombre event than expected, following the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. However, there were still many reasons to celebrate.

Here are six of the most memorable moments from the show, which took place yesterday.

Lil Nas X invites all of his friends to the Old Town Road

Lil Nas X performed his record-breaking Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, Old Town Road, alongside the collaborators who had appeared on official remixes, including K-pop heart-throbs BTS, viral teen yodeller Mason Ramsey, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, and EDM producer Diplo. 

The genre-defying song was taken to another level on the Grammys stage, with the star moving from one featured artist to another during the set.

“During the show, Lil Nas X cleverly made that revolving-door policy literal, walking from room to room onstage to showcase each version of the single with different guests,” said Los Angeles Times August Brown.

Lizzo’s ‘razzle-dazzle’ opener

This year's most-nominated artist Lizzo kicked off the party with a bang in an energetic performance that involved dancers as well as her signature flute.

As LA Times pop music critic Mikael Wood noted, Lizzo “began the performance with a gutsy rendition of her retro-soul ballad Cuz I Love You that showed off the raw in her voice” before transitioning “into the thumping Truth Hurts”.

Alicia Keys opens with a tribute to basketball’s Black Mamba

Keys took a moment early in the ceremony to serenade the audience and promised she would help everyone get through it all after opening with a tribute to LA Lakers star Bryant, whose nickname was Black Mamba, and who died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day.

While playing her piano, she sang a song, to the tune of Lewis Capaldi's Grammy-nominated Someone You Loved, mentioning nominees and performers including Billie Eilish, Beyonce, BTS, Jonas Brothers, Ariana Grande and Rosalia.

Tyler, the Creator, sets the stage on fire

The artist’s Grammys performance debut started off mellow with the artist, joined by Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson, singing the sweet introduction to Earfquake.

But then, as LA Times reporter Brown wrote, “Tyler took the reins and drove the show straight into suburban hell” by launching into a fiery and physical performance of New Magic Wand, which ended with Tyler falling into a pit of fire and vanishing from the stage.

Demi Lovato earns a teary standing ovation

Lovato sang a tearful and powerful rendition of Anyone, her first performance since her June 2018 overdose. (And a big comeback ahead of her Super Bowl gig next month.)

Her performance of the song, written just four days before the incident, was accompanied by a piano and was immediately greeted by a standing ovation - and a nod of approval from Lizzo in the audience.

The mash-up of Ken Ehrlich’s dreams

Sunday’s Grammys ceremony was the swansong for veteran TV producer/director Ken Ehrlich, who has helmed the awards show across four decades.

Over the years, Ehrlich has become known for putting together performers from widely disparate genres for the Grammys, so it was only fitting that his tribute was a giant, wild mash-up.

Performers included Camila Cabello, Ben Platt, Lang Lang, John Legend and Cyndi Lauper.