Film clips of Cabello and her dad when she was a child decorated the stage as she sang to him during her performance at the 62nd Grammy Awards. She walked into the audience toward the end of the song and sang directly to her father, who was visibly tearing up.
The Cuban-American singer-songwriter went into the night as a nominee for best pop duo/group performance for "Señorita," alongside Shawn Mendes. She joked that if she and Mendes won, they'd walk onto the stage in their underwear, like Twenty One Pilots did when they won in the same category in 2017.
Last year, Cabello was nominated for best pop vocal album for her self-titled debut and pop solo performance for "Havana."
Later, Cabello joined Gary Clark Jr., John Legend, Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt and The War and Treaty to sing "I Sing the Body Electric" from Fame to celebrate Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich's 40-year career.
From 2012 to 2016, Cabello was a part of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She has been a solo artist since exiting at the end of 2016.
In December 2019, the 22-year-old came under fire for racist language in a slew of since-deleted tweets and Tumblr posts from 2012 and 2013. Cabello apologized for her past actions, citing ignorance and lack of education for her comments. She said she was "deeply ashamed of" the language she used and will "regret [it] forever."
Cabello opened the Grammys in 2019 with her hit "Havana," alongside Young Thug, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval and J Balvin.