Tyler, the Creator’s two-song section started with Boyz II Men and the R&B singer Charlie Wilson harmonizing to Tyler’s tune “Earfquake,” completed as an old style doo-wop set piece, full with the singers surrounding a burning barrel. For “New Magic Wand,” Tyler shifted right into a surrealistic scene during which a troupe of dancers — all dressed like him, in uneven fits and platinum pageboy wigs — walked to the stage and moshed violently as Tyler screamed with distortion, a set of picturesque properties burning down behind him.
As Bryant’s followers mourned him and his 13-year-old daugher Gianna, who additionally died in the helicopter crash, the father-daughter relationship discovered poignant expression in Camila Cabello’s tune “First Man.” First singing it whereas house movies confirmed her as a younger woman together with her father, Alejandro, Cabello then walked to him in the entrance row, serenading him as he dabbed away tears.
Eilish, an 18-year-old auteur whose debut album, “When We All Go to Sleep, Where Do We Go?,” is full of creeping noises, booming electronics and dentist’s drills, carried out her tune “When the Party’s Over” in the most Grammy format of all — a fragile piano ballad, performed together with her brother, Finneas, her producer and first collaborator.
The Spanish singer Rosalía carried out her songs “Juro Que” and “Malamente” with a mix of flamenco touches — acoustic guitar and claps — and booming beats and hip-hop dance strikes.
Ariana Grande, who didn’t carry out final 12 months after a public conflict with the present’s producer, Ken Ehrlich, placed on an elaborate section. She went from a straight live performance efficiency of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” with a small orchestra, to a staged model of her hit “7 Rings” — which relies on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s basic — with a boudoir-striptease theme. At the finish, she smiled with aid, as if she had lastly gotten the likelihood to do it.
The present had loads of reverent tributes. Hussle was feted in a section with Legend, DJ Khaled, Roddy Ricch, Meek Mill, YG and the gospel star Kirk Franklin. From New Orleans, Trombone Shorty and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band closed the annual “in memoriam” section.