It wouldn’t be the 2020 Grammy Awards if there weren’t a few shockers.
At the Alicia Keys-hosted award show — which took place Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles — stars walked the red carpet in all their finery, and big names such as newcomer Billie Eilish took home top honors.
But not everything went as expected on music’s biggest night.
Here were the night’s biggest snubs and surprises.
Snub: Taylor Swift
When nominations were announced, the pop superstar was shut out of the Album and Record of the Year categories. Adding insult to injury, Swift lost out on Sunday in all three categories for which her “Lover” album and song were nominated (Song of the Year, Best Pop Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance). Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Swift skipped out on the night altogether.
Surprise: Willie Nelson
Comeback queen Tanya Tucker was expected to sweep the country categories, and she did take home the trophies for Best Country Album and Best Country Song. But Nelson swooped in with an unexpected win in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “Ride Me Back Home,” also beating out Blake Shelton for his smash hit “God’s Country.”
The R&B critical favorite took home two Grammys last year, but despite five nods in 2020, she couldn’t pull out any wins this time. H.E.R. and her sunglasses lost Album of the Year (“I Used to Know Her”), Record and Song of the Year (“Hard Place”), and Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance (“Could’ve Been,” with Bryson Tiller).
Surprise: Billie Eilish
It’s not a shock that industry darling Billie Eilish won any particular award in the night’s big four categories: Best New Artist, Album of the Year (for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”), Record of the Year or Song of the Year (both for “Bad Guy”). But the fact that she won every single one — at 18 years old, no less — makes it a whopper of a sweep.
She was the most nominated artist of the night with eight nods, but that didn’t translate to any wins in the major four categories. Don’t cry for the rising star, though. Lizzo racked up three genre wins: Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Cuz I Love You,” Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome” and Best Pop Solo Performance for her No. 1 hit “Truth Hurts.”
Snub (sort of): Lil Nas X
Many pundits thought the “Old Town Road” singer could pull off a win for Record of the Year. That didn’t happen, thanks to an especially strong showing for Billie Eilish, but Lil Nas X still has reason to celebrate. He earned his first two Grammys in the categories of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.
Snub: Ariana Grande
At the start of 2019, Grande owned much of the conversation happening in music, thanks to her career-propelling album “Thank U, Next.” But while she came into the Grammys with five chances at winning a trophy, she ended up going home empty-handed.
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