Hours before the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night, the world was hit with devastating news: Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash.
The awards show was about to kick off in the house that Kobe quite literally built, and thousands of his fans were already on their way to the arena to pay respects to the legendary player. Because of this, there were whispers online from fans who argued that the Grammys should be canceled or postponed. Instead, the show went on. Early in the evening, host Alicia Keys explained the reasoning onstage: “I know how much Kobe loved music. I know how much he loved music. So we’ve got to make this a celebration in his honor, you know? He would want us to keep the vibrations high.”
The tragic news inevitably cast a dark shadow over the ceremony, but there were some highlights that did in fact keep vibrations high. And, of course, this is the Grammys we’re talking about, so there were some low points as well. The Complex Music staff put together a list of the five best (and the five worst) moments of the 2020 Grammys.