The Grammys: What Went Down?

Last Sunday night marked the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards held at LA's famous Staples Center. While the day began on a somber note following the shocking news of the passing of revered basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, & 7 others, Hollywood banded together in solidarity, celebrating not only music's finest, but also the lifetime achievements of 9 people taken from us much too soon.

After the red carpet, which featured lots of sparkles & crazy cool getups, like the ones below, Grammys host Alicia Keys started off the awards with a heartwarming tribute to Kobe & the other fallen members of the devastating helicopter crash heard 'round the world. 

With the day's earlier news addressed & the celebs all settled in their seats, the show went on with performances from the likes of Tyler, the Creator, Lizzo, & Ariana Grande, & then ended with an unprecedented sweep of the most coveted awards by the young & talented Billie Eilish!

While the Grammys, like almost all other awards shows during the Winter season, hold our attention at our screens, pouring over the ever-changing red carpet looks & outrageous winning speeches, many people have called for change. In recent years, viewers have complained of the slow, geriatric happenings of the long-running ceremony, which has remained a mish-mosh of much too long & confusing collaborative performances, tributes to the past without any focus on the present or the future, & an ultimate lack of inclusion & clear direction for the last 40 years. Will it change? Perhaps with new, incoming leadership & a push from the public, the Grammys will once again be back on top.

*Photo Credits: Getty Images.​