GRAMMY Awards Highlights: Tool Dedicates Win to Neil Peart, Other Key Wins and Moments from 2020 Awards Ceremony


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On Sunday night, the GRAMMY Awards took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The night was conducted under a heavy weight, given the shocking death of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, which received a well deserved show-opening tribute from host Alicia Keys.

During the show itself, prog/metal masters Tool won the award for Best Metal Performance, for the song “7empest,” off their sprawling 2019 album Fear Inoculum. Accepting the award were drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor, and Carey made note to dedicate the win to his “dear friend,” who recently passed away: Rush drummer and visionary Neil Peart.

On an album of epic compositions that routinely stretch past the ten-minute mark, “7empest” clocks in at nearly 16 minutes in length. It’s quite a journey:

As for the rest of the GRAMMY Awards, some of the notable wins and highlights included Billie Eilish running away with the four major awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist, becoming just the second artist in GRAMMY history to do so — after Christopher Cross in 1981.

Other big wins on the night included Gary Clark Jr., who won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for his song “This Land” and Best Contemporary Blues Album for that same record.

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Elvis Costello & the Imposters won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Look Now:

Cage the Elephant won Best Rock Album for 2019’s Social Cues, the band’s second Best Rock Album (the first was 2017’s Tell Me I’m Pretty).

Indie/rock darlings Vampire Weekend took home the Best Alternative Music Album Award for 2019’s Father of the Bride.

Best Recording Package went to late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, whose retrospective box set in 2019 was put together in part by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament:

For a full list of winners, click here.

As for the GRAMMY Awards performances, there were quite a few. Aerosmith took the stage (without drummer Joey Kramer, due to the recent legal issues between those two parties) and played two songs, “Livin’ on the Edge” and “Walk This Way,” accompanied by Run-DMC.

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Rapper Lil Nas X, who stormed the scene in 2019 with the mega-hit “Old Town Road,” was joined by Korean pop group BTS, Billy Ray Cyrus and Diplo for a segment many were talking about on social media. Here’s a clip:

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In all, it was a pretty entertaining evening in the music industry.


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