Tyler, the Creator's Grammy Performance Was Out of This World, but It Wasn't His Only Standout Moment

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Music's biggest night, the Grammy Awards, was held Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The awards show held a somber tone due after the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, that morning. Bryant was remembered in performances throughout the night, with Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, Lizzo, Lil Nas X and more all dedicating their acts to his memory.

Hip-hop superstar Tyler, the Creator made his presence felt throughout the night, delivering a jaw-dropping performance and accepting the Grammy for Best Rap Album for his 2019 project, Igor. He also shed some light on underlying social issues in the Recording Academy that can no longer be ignored. 

During his acceptance speech, Tyler's mother accompanied him on stage. He thanked her first, saying: "To my mother, you did a great job raising this guy," before embracing her. It was a heartwarming moment where his mom couldn't help but let the tears flow. 

Along with Billie Eilish, who won four of the most significant awards (Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year), Tyler dominated the night. Here are three reasons why.

His Performance Was on Fire (Literally)

His Acceptance Speech for Best Rap Album

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Tyler, the Creator brought home the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for his incredible work, Igor. It was more than well deserved, as it was one of the most well-received projects of 2019, loved by both critics and fans alike. 

During his acceptance speech, Tyler made sure to thank his team and the people that had helped him get to that point in his career. First on his list? His mother. He also shouted out his manager, Christian Clancy, as well as his friends and family for placing their faith in him and not restricting the vision he has for his career and life.

Finally, he shouted out Pharrell Williams, saying: "I really wanna thank Pharrell Williams. For growing up and feeling left of center to a lot of stuff I saw on TV, that man opened doors." He wrapped things up by thanking his enormous fan base, acknowledging that they welcomed him, despite his unique spin on the hip-hop genre that could have quickly been rejected by a mainstream audience.

Tyler Calls Out the Grammys and Remembers Kobe Bryant

So we took an L tonight and rest in peace to Kobe, that hurt. But also we took a win just being from Los Angeles, and taking that home, so it's mixed emotions.

- Tyler, the Creator

Bryant's death weighed heavily on the 2020 Grammy Awards, and the artists helped the audience grieve in their own ways. The Grammys provided a temporary distraction from the terrible news while simultaneously paying their respects to the NBA legend. 

Tyler, the Creator may have stolen the show at the Grammys, but it was still, most definitely, Kobe's night.

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