Billie Eilish dominates the Grammys as music world mourns Kobe Jan 28, 2020 0 1279 12345 AFPLos AngelesPop iconoclast Billie Eilish cleaned up at the Grammys on Sunday, winning five awards, as the music world mourned the loss of LA’s hometown basketball hero Kobe Bryant with a series of emotional tributes.Eilish, 18, swept the “big four” prizes -- Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist -- in an industry acknowledgement of her wave-making role as the new reference point for pop’s future.“What’s next? I don’t know -- be in this moment is all I’m thinking about,” Eilish told reporters backstage.Lizzo -- one of her main competitors, who won three awards -- kicked off the glitzy gala at the Staples Center by dedicating it to Bryant, in the very arena where the NBA icon made history with the Los Angeles Lakers.“Tonight is for Kobe,” shouted the 31-year-old twerking flautist, hours after his death in a helicopter crash was confirmed. His 13-year-old daughter and seven others also died in the incident.Lizzo then launched into an eye-popping medley performance of her top hits that set the tone for the night.She handed over to host Alicia Keys, who offered another love letter to Bryant’s memory: “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero.” “And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Keys, before launching into a soulful rendition of ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye (To Yesterday)’ with the group Boyz II Men.“He would want us to keep the vibrations high,” Keys later said, before singing a humorous yet soothing opening monologue at the piano.A mushrooming crowd of people, many of them in tears, gathered near the arena to mourn the 41-year-old Bryant. Flags were flying at half-mast.But the show went on, with an understated performance from Eilish who thanked her fans -- and fellow nominee Ariana Grande -- in accepting her haul of trophies.“Mainly I think the fans deserve everything,” she said, standing alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell, who shared in her Grammy glory while also winning his own producing and engineering awards.“I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight because they’re the only reason any of us are here at all. So thanks to the fans.” And she gave a shoutout to Grande, who despite five nominations went home empty-handed, saying that Grande’s “thank u, next,” had been a lifesaver for her.“I think it deserves more than anything in the world, I love you so much,” Eilish said.Lil Nas X took home two Grammys for his pop culture phenomenon ‘Old Town Road’, while Lizzo won three out of her eight nominations. RELATED ARTICLES Real number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is 25,000, says HK expert Jan 28, 2020 0 1499 Global alarm grows as China’s capital Beijing reports first virus death, raising toll to 82 Jan 28, 2020 0 439 Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial Jan 28, 2020 0 297 WHO corrects China virus global risk level to ‘high’ Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday admitted an error in its assessment of the global risk of a deadly virus in China, saying it was “high” and not “moderate”. The Geneva-based UN health agency said in a .. Pakistan’s police arrest activist critical of military Islamabad: Police in Pakistan have arrested an activist whose fierce criticism of the military’s alleged connection with Islamist militants brought thousands out to public rallies, in a rare challenge to the army’s .. Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean seek safe ports In the central Mediterranean: Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel .. UK unveils new visa scheme for scientists after Brexit afp London Britain on Sunday announced a new fast-track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians as it prepares a new immigration system for life outside the European Union. Prime Minister Boris .. At least 44 dead in Brazil floods, risk of further landslides Buenos Aires: Devastating floods and landslides in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state have killed at least 44 people, the country’s emergency services said on Sunday. Another 19 people were missing and others injured by the .. France asks US to keep up ‘critical’ military support in West Africa Washington: France on Monday asked the United States to keep supporting its operations against Islamist extremists in West Africa, after the New York Times reported that the US is considering pulling out of the region. .. US confirms Afghanistan jet crash; no evidence of Taliban shoot-down DPA Kabul/Washington The US has confirmed a military plane crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, but rejected claims by the Taliban that the insurgent forces downed the jet. “A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni ..