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Billie Eilish, Finneas win big at Grammys

By AAP Newswire

The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom has made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honours for the musical family.

"When We All Fall sleep, Where Do We Go?" - created in the musicians' Los Angeles home - helped Eilish win the top four honours, including album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. The 18-year-old is the youngest artist to achieve the feat.

Finneas - who co-wrote, produced and engineered the album, walked away as Sunday's top winner with six. Eilish won five honours.

Together, they also won best pop vocal album, while Finneas' individual honours included home producer of the year (non-classical) and best engineered album (non-classical).

"This is my first Grammys. I never thought this would happen in my whole life," Eilish said. "I genuinely wanna say I am so grateful and I only wanna say that I am so grateful."

Finneas added that they "just make music in a bedroom together and we still do that."

"This is to all the kids who are making music in the bedroom today - you're going to get one of these," Finneas said.

The pair hit the stage and performed "When the Party's Over," which featured Finneas on keys and Eilish singing in a soft, pitch perfect tone.

The Grammys kicked off with a performance in honour of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash hours before the awards began in Los Angeles. And later in the show the late Nipsy Hussle's collaborators and friends, including DJ Khaled, John Legend and Meek Mill, gave an all-star tribute to the man who died last year.

Hussle also posthumously won his first pair of Grammys.

Mill performed a new song called "Letter to Nipsey" while others joined together for "Higher," which won best rap/sung performance.

"This is for Nipsey Hussle. This is for hip-hop," said DJ Khaled, who collaborated on the song with Legend and Hussle, whose family stood onstage.

During the pre-ceremony, Hussle's "Racks in the Middle" picked up best rap performance.

The show at the Staples Centre kicked off with an emotional a cappella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men.

Referring to Bryant, Keys said as she went on stage that "Los Angeles, America and the world-wide world lost a hero."

She said the audience was "heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."

Lizzo won three honours including best pop solo performance for "Truth Hurts" and two R&B awards.

Lizzo was among the mix of newcomers and well-known acts who reached their goals of winning their first-ever Grammys, which included Tanya Tucker, J. Cole, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michelle Obama, Sara Bareilles, Rosalia, 21 Savage and Tyler, the Creator.

Demi Lovato, who has mostly taken a break from the public since focusing on her recovery after reportedly overdosing in July 2018, gave a stirring, vocally top-notch performance that earned her a standing ovation.

Camila Cabello's performance of "First Man" - a song dedicated to her father - also induced tears. Cabello walked off the stage to her dad's seat to finish singing him the song in front of him, while he teared up.

Ariana Grande had a lengthy performance and Run DMC joined forces with Aerosmith to rock the Grammys stage, while Usher, Sheila E. and FKA twigs paid tribute to Prince.

A dark cloud loomed over ceremony since the Recording Academy announced it had put its recently hired CEO, Deborah Dugan, on administrative leave for misconduct. Dugan and her lawyers fired back at the academy, claiming that the awards show is rigged.

But no mention of Dugan was directly made during the three-plus-hour show.