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Grammys 2020: Billie Eilish reigns supreme with clean sweep in major categories

on January 27, 2020, 12:05am

The Grammy Awards 2020, the annual ceremony recognizing achievements in the music industry, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26th.

Billie Eilish was the night’s big winner, sweeping the top four categories. Her landmark debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, won Album of the Year; “Bad Guy” was crowned both Song of the Year and Record of the Year; and Eilish herself was named Best New Artist. In doing so, the 18-year-old Eilish becomes the first female artist to win all four of the Grammys’ top categories in a single year, as well as the youngest artist ever to win Album of the Year.

In total, Eilish won six Grammy Awards, as When We Fall Asleep… also won Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album. Her brother, Finneas, was also honored with the Grammy for Producer of the Year.


The night’s other notable winners included Lizzo, who won three Grammys including Best Solo Pop Performance (“Truth Hurts”), Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Jerome”), and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Cuz I Love You).

Tool took home Best Metal Performance for “7empst”, the 15-minute track from their comeback album, Fear Inoculum. It marks their third time winning the category, having previously been awarded for “Schism” in 2001 an “Ænema” in 1997.

Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride won Best Alternative Album, while Cage the Elephant’s Social Cues captured Best Rock Album. Meanwhile, Gary Clark Jr.’s “This Land” won both Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

Anderson .Paak also earned two Grammys: Ventura won Best R&B Album, while his collaboration with André 3000, “Come Home”, claimed Best R&B Performance.

Tyler the Creator won his first-ever Grammy Award, as IGOR took home Best Rap Album. Nipsey Hussle posthumously won Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle” and Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Higher”, his collaboration with DJ Khaled and John Legend. Meanwhile, 21 Savage and J. Cole claimed Best Rap Song for “A Lot”.

Lil Nas X’s viral sensation, “Old Town Road”, claimed Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.


The Chemical Brothers won a pair of Grammys: No Geography was named Best Dance/Electronic Album, and “Got to Keep On” captured Best Dance Recording.

Rosalía’s latest LP, El Mal Querer, earned her Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.

At the young age of 61, Tanya Tucker won her first two Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Song. Meanwhile, Willie Nelson took home the Grammy for Best County Solo Performance.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters also picked up a Grammy, as their album Look Now won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was awarded Best Spoken Word Album for the audiobook release of her memoir Becoming. Her good friend, Beyoncé won Best Music Film for Homecoming, marking the 24th Grammy victory of her career.

For the third year in a row, Dave Chappelle won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album. This time it was for his Netflix special Sticks & Stones.

See this year’s notable categories and their respective winners (designated in bold) below. This post will updated as winners are announced.

Album of the Year:

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Bon Iver – i,i
Lana Del Rey – Norman F*cking Rockwell
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
H.E.R – I Used to Know Her
Lil Nas X – 7
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

Record of the Year:

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”
Lizzo – “Truth Hearts”
Post Malone feat. Swae Lee – “Sunflower”

Song of the Year:

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Lady Gaga – “Always Remember Us This Way”
Brandi Carlie – “Bring My Flowers Now”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Taylor Swift – “Lover”
Lana Del Rey – “Norman F*cking Rockwell”
Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”

Best New Artist:

Billie Eilish
Black Pumas
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Best Solo Pop Performance:

Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”
Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
Post Malone & Swae Lee – “Sunflower”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Ed Sheeran – No. 6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift – Lover

Best Dance Recording:

The Chemical Brothers – “Got to Keep On”
Bonobo – “Linked”
Meduza feat. Goodboys – “Piece of Your Heart”
Rüfüs Du Sol – “Underwater”
Skrillex & Boys Noize feat. Tay Dolla $ign – “Midnight Hour”

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
Apparat – LP5
Flume – Hi This Is Flume
Rüfüs Du Sol – Solace
Tycho – Weather

Best Rock Performance:

Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”
Bones UK – “Pretty Waste”
Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”
Karen O and Danger Mouse – “Woman”
Rival Sons – “Too Bad”

Best Rock Song:

Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”
Tool – “Fear Inoculum”
The 1975 – “Give Yourself a Try”
Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall”
Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”

Best Rock Album:

Cage the Elephant – Social Cues
Bring Me the Horizon – amo
The Cranberries – In the End
I Prevail – Trauma
Rival Sons – Feral Roots

Best Alternative Music Album:

Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
James Blake – Assume Form
Bon Iver – i,i
Thom Yorke – Anima

Best Metal Performance:

Tool – “7empest”
Candlemass feat. Tony Iommi – “Astorolus – The Great Octopus”
Death Angel – “Humanicide”
I Prevail – “Bow Down”
Killswitch Engage – “Unleashed”

Best R&B Performance:

Anderson .Paak feat. André 3000 – “Come Home”
Daniel Caesar feat. Brandy – “Love Again”
H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been”
Lizzo feat. Gucci Mane – “Exactly How I Feel”
Lucky Daye – “Roll Some Mo”

Best R&B Song:

PJ Morton – “Say So”
H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller – “Could’ve Been”
Emily King – “Look At Me Now”
Chris Brown feat. Drake – “No Guidance”
Lucky Daye – “Roll Some Mo”

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
NAO – Saturn
Jessie Reyez – Being Human in Public

Best R&B Album:

Anderson .Paak – Ventura
BJ the Chicago Kid – 1123
Lucky Daye – Painted
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
PJ Morton – Paul

Best Rap Performance:

Nipsey Hussle feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy – “Racks in the Middle”
J. Cole – “Middle Child”
DaBaby – “Suge”
Dreamville feat. J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang & Young Nudy – Down Bad
Offset feat. Cardi B – “Clout”

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

DJ Khaled feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”
Lil Baby & Gunna – “Drip Too Hard”
Lil Nas X – “Panini”
Mustard feat. Roddy Ricch – “Ballin”
Young Thug feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott – “The London”

Best Rap Song:

21 Savage feat. J. Cole – “A Lot”
YBN Cordae feat. Chance the Rapper – “Bad Idea”
Rick Ross feat. Drake – “Gold Roses”
Nipsey Hussle feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy – “Racks in the Middle”
DaBaby – “Suge”

Best Rap Album:

Tyler the Creator – IGOR
J. Cole feat. Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
Meek Mill – Championships
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Best Country Solo Performance:

Willie Nelson – “Ride Me Back Home”
Tyler Childers – “All Your’n”
Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
Blake Shelton -“God’s Country”
Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

Dan + Shay – “Speechless”
Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs – “Brand New Man”
Brothers Osborne – “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
Little Big Town – “The Daghters”
Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile – “Common”

Best Country Song:

Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
Mirada Lambert – “It All Comes Out In The Wash”
Eric Church – “Some Of It”
Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

Best Country Album:

Tanya Tucker – While I’m Livin’
Eric Church – Desperate Man
Reba McEntire – Stronger Than The Truth
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
Thomas Rhett – Center Point Road

Best Comedy Album:

Dave Chappelle – Sticks & Stones
Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time
Ellen DeGeneres – Relatable
Aziz Ansari – Right Now
Trevor Noah – Son of Patricia

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Various Artists – The Lion King: The Songs
Various Artists – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Various Artists – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “I’ll Never Love Again”
Randy Newman – “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy”
Dolly Parton – “Girl in the Movies”
Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Thom Yorke – “Suspirium”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:

Finneas O’Connell
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Ricky Reed

Best Music Video:

Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”
The Chemical Brothers – “We’ve Got to Try”
Gary Clark Jr. “This Land”
FKA twigs – “Cellophane”
Tove Lo – “Glad He’s Gone”

Best Music Film

Beyoncé – Homecoming
Thom Yorke – Anima
Rick Ross – Shangri-La
Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
David Crosby – Remember My Name