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Lizzo opened the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night with a medley of her hits “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts.”
Before beginning her set, the 31-year-old singer paid tribute to late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day.
Clad in a sparkly black gown, Lizzo announced, “Tonight is for Kobe,” before launching into her performance, which was complete with a symphony and dancers. She subsequently showed off her full spectrum of talent with singing, rapping and even playing her beloved “Sasha” flute.
The singer led the awards show with the most nominations overall — eight, including in all four top categories. It marks the first time that a new artist has been the year’s leading contender since 2004, when Kanye West was the top nominee with 10 mentions.
Lizzo ended up taking home three honors for best pop solo performance (“Truth Hurts”), best urban contemporary album (Cuz I Love You [Deluxe]) and best traditional R&B performance for “Jerome.”
She was also nominated for record of the year (Truth Hurts), album of the year (Cuz I Love You [Deluxe]), song of the year (“Truth Hurts”), best new artist, and best R&B performance (“Exactly How I Feel”).
You don’t need to take a DNA test to know @lizzo’s performance is 100% . #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/fpGgCXzrjx
— CBS (@CBS) January 27, 2020
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