Tracy Champan, February 2024 (John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
The 2024 Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, took place on February 4 in Los Angeles, with performances from the likes of SZA, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Tracy Chapman with Luke Combs. Watch footage of them below, along with Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo, Travis Scott, Burna Boy, Billy Joel, U2, and many more.
Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, and SZA were some of the highlights of a surprisingly good telecast, but there were some lows and some moments that were absolutely none of our business.
Annie Lennox paid tribute to the late Sinead O’Connor, covering the singer’s Prince cover “Nothing Compares 2 U” during the in memoriam segment.
Billie Eilish and Finneas
Eilish added two more Grammys to her haul this year, earning Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “What Was I Made For?,” from Barbie. She performed the track with Finneas while wearing a green dress, tweed jacket, and pink head scarf—a nod to a vintage Barbie doll from the mid-1960s.
Billy Joel returned to the Grammys stage to play his new song “Turn the Lights Back On” before closing the ceremony with the 1980 cut “You May Be Right.”
Brandy Clark was in the running for six awards, ultimately winning her first-ever Grammy, in the Best Americana Performance category, for “Dear Insecurity.” She performed the song with SistaStrings—watch it on the Grammys’ website.
Burna Boy performed a medley at the ceremony, breezing through “On Form” and “City Boys” before bringing out 21 Savage and Brandy for “Sittin’ on Top of the World.” In the end, he was shut out of the four categories in which he was nominated.
Dua Lipa opened the ceremony with a medley of new song “Training Season,” Barbie hit “Dance the Night,” and the Tame Impala–produced “Houdini.” Her seemingly high-risk performance involved crawling around a metal jungle gym clad in black leather. The two categories in which she was nominated—Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media—eventually went to her Barbie comrade Billie Eilish.
Multi-Grammy-winner Fantasia Barrino took the stage for a lively cover of Tina Turner’s “Rolling on the River” as part of the in memoriam segment. At one point, she stalked into the crowd in search of a “pretty lady who doesn’t mind moving her hips,” before picking out Dua Lipa for an impromptu dance.
Gaby Moreno and El David Aguilar
Gaby Moreno, who wound up winning Best Latin Pop Album, performed with singer-songwriter El David Aguilar at the Premiere Ceremony.
After sweeping the 2022 Grammys, Jon Batiste returned for the in memoriam segment, performing with Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Ann Nesby, and Cory Henry on a medley.
Joni Mitchell won Best Folk Album at this year’s Grammys for Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live). She also made her Grammys live debut playing “Both Sides Now” with a band comprising Brandi Carlile, Blake Mills, Allison Russell, Lucius, and Jacob Collier. (Longer recordings have surfaced on YouTube.)
During the Premiere Ceremony, 19-time winner Franklin performed his Best Gospel Performance/Song–nominated “All Things.”
Before picking up her first-ever Grammy, for Bewitched in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, Icelandic singer Laufey performed “From the Start” during the Premiere Ceremony.
Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman
Luke Combs, who also performed at last year’s ceremony, played his Best Country Solo Performance–nominated cover of “Fast Car” with the creator herself, Tracy Chapman, in a performance that captivated viewers.
Miley Cyrus won both Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Flowers,” and celebrated with an ad lib–heavy rendition of the track.
Olivia Rodrigo played a suitably theatrical “Vampire” to mark her six nominations, wearing a red satin dress and lashings of fake blood. The song and Guts were eventually shut out of all six of their categories.
Pentatonix, J. Ivy, Larkin Poe, Sheila E., and Jordin Sparks
Pentatonix opened the Premiere Ceremony with a little help from Ivy, Poe, Sheila E., and Jordin Sparks.
Robert Glasper, Adam Blackstone, Bob James, Terrace Martin, and Harvey Mason Sr.
Glasper was up for two awards this year: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance, both for “Back to Love.” At the premiere ceremony, he performed alongside Harvey Mason Sr., and fellow 2024 nominees Adam Blackstone, Terrace Martin, and Bob James.
Stevie Wonder was announced at the last minute, along with the other in memoriam performers. He opened the segment with a version of Tony Bennett’s “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
SZA led the pack at this year’s Grammys and converted three of her nine nods. She performed “Snooze” and “Kill Bill” from SOS during the ceremony, in a performance that featured sword-dodging and a literal onstage dumpster fire.
Travis Scott performed his Utopia tracks “My Eyes,” “I Know ?,” and “Fe!n.” He was also thwarted by Killer Mike in the Best Rap Album category.
U2 performed “Atomic City” live from the Sphere in Las Vegas in the first-ever broadcast performance from the new venue.
Who won Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year? Check here for the full list.
This article was originally published on Sunday, February 4, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Monday, February 5, at 1:56 p.m. Eastern.
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