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Lizzo Opens Grammys With a Big Win and Message of Love


The eight-time Grammy nominee opened the show with a performance she dedicated to Kobe Bryant. 

Lizzo opened the Grammys with a pitch-perfect mash-up of her hits that she dedicated to Kobe Bryant. Then, she picked up the first award handed out at the ceremony for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Truth Hurts" in a category that included Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish.

When Lizzo took the stage to open the show with "Cuz I Love You" and "Truth Hurts" she said, "Tonight is for Kobe," who died tragically in a helicopter crash with his daughter just hours before the show.

In her speech, she hearkened to Bryant's sudden death and to the fragility of life and she spoke of getting back to making music that resonates and matters.

"We need to get back to making music that moves people again, making music that [bleeped out] liberates people," she said.

Lizzo then spoke of the power of reaching out to others. "If I hadn't reached out, I wouldn't have met my best friends. I don't know where I would be right now -- sleeping in my car," she said.

"Let's continue to reach out and hold each other down," she said to close her speech.

Lizzo is nominated for a total of eight Grammys including for song, album, and new artist.

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