Bruno Mars triumphs at Grammys

R&B artist Bruno Mars won the top prize at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in another victory for pop-driven music over rap, now the most popular genre in the United States. Mars won six Grammys including song of the year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and both record, and album of the year for “24K Magic.”
Bruno Mars swept the top categories at the 60th Grammy Awards as he took home the coveted Album, Record, and Song Of The Year awards at the gala event in New York City on Sunday. (....
Bruno Mars swept the top categories at the 60th Grammy Awards as he took home the coveted Album, Record, and Song Of The Year awards at the gala event in New York City on Sunday. (....

R&B artist Bruno Mars won the top prize at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in another victory for pop-driven music over rap, now the most popular genre in the United States.

Mars won six Grammys including song of the year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and both record, and album of the year for “24K Magic.”

His win denied rappers Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z the honor of becoming the first hip-hop artist in 14 years to win the coveted album of the year award.

“These songs were written with nothing but joy, with love, and that’s all I wanted to bring with this album, seeing everybody dancing,” Mars, 32, said.

He also paid tribute to his album of the year rivals - Jay-Z, Lamar, Childish Gambino and Lorde - saying: “Thank you, guys, for blessing the world with your music.”

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Kendrick Lamar won five, beating Jay-Z to best rap performance and best rap song with HUMBLE and best rap album with DAMN.

Lamar, 30, regarded as one of the most innovative rappers of his generation, won five prizes mostly in rap categories for his album “DAMN.” and single “Humble.” Rap became the biggest music genre in the United States in 2017, Nielsen Music reported.

Veteran Jay-Z, whose soul-baring album “4:44” had gone into the show with a leading eight nominations, won nothing and chose not to perform at the three-hour show.

The losses by Lamar and Jay-Z in the top categories marked another year when pop music won over more socially incisive work. Adele beat Beyonce in 2017, and in 2016 Lamar lost album of the year to Taylor Swift.

Lamar opened Sunday’s show at New York’s Madison Square Garden with a medley of his hits, accompanied by dancers in military fatigues and later dressed in red hoodies as they mimicked being shot.

On the red carpet, dozens of musicians wore or held white roses to support women’s equality and freedom from sexual harassment, a theme echoed on stage in an emotional performance by pop singer Kesha of her single “Praying.”

Actress and singer Janelle Monae said the music business had to address issues of equal pay for women, abuse of power and harassment.

“We come in peace but we mean business. And to those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up,” Monae said in a reference to the Time’s Up movement spreading from Hollywood to the music business.

On a night when male artistes dominated the winners list, R&B newcomer SZA, the most-nominated woman with five nods, left empty-handed.

Politics surfaced throughout the show.

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Pink arrived with her husband Carey Hart (in Giorgio Armani), her mom Judith Moore and their daughter Willow, six. 

A pre-taped parody sketch saw Hillary Clinton, John Legend, Cher, Cardi B and Snoop Dogg read excerpts from the critical book “Fire and Fury” about U.S. President Donald Trump’s first year in office, ostensibly as contenders for a future spoken word Grammy prize.

Pop singer Camila Cabello, whose parents are Cuban immigrants, spoke in support of the so-called Dreamers - young immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were children and whose future in the country is in doubt.

Best new artiste winner Alessia Cara, along with Khalid and Logic, sang their song “1-800-273-8255” with a group of suicide survivors in a tribute to rock singers Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, both of whom took their own lives last year.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran beat Kesha to win two Grammys for his best-selling album “Divide” and single “The Shape of You” but did not attend Sunday’s ceremony.

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Rihanna flaunted her cleavage in the low-cut coat, which she wore slightly off of her shoulders; with Kendrick on stage.
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Pregnant Chrissy Teigen put her baby bump on full display in a shimmering silver Yanina Couture gown; her husband, John Legend, wore a Burberry suit. 
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Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day all wore white to perform with Kesha.

For the full list of the winners;

Album Of The Year

  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (winner)
  • Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
  • Jay Z - 4:44
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn
  • Lorde - Melodrama

Record Of The Year

  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (winner)
  • Childish Gambino - Redbone
  • Luis Fonsi - Despacito
  • Jay Z - The Story of OJ
  • Kendrick Lamar - Humble

Song Of The Year

  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (winner)
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito
  • Jay Z - 4:44
  • Julia Michael - Issues
  • Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

Best New Artist

  • Alessia Cara (winner)
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Khalid
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

Best pop album

  • Ed Sheeran - ÷ (winner)
  • Coldplay - Kaleidoscope EP
  • Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
  • Imagine Dragons - Evolve
  • Kesha - Rainbow
  • Lady Gaga - Joanne

Best rap album

  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn (winner)
  • Jay Z - 4:44
  • Migos - Culture
  • Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
  • Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (winner)
  • Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
  • Kesha - Praying
  • Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
  • Pink - What About Us

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (winner)
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito
  • Imagine Dragons - Thunder
  • Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay

Best Dance Recording

  • LCD Soundsystem - Tonite (winner)
  • Bonobo feat Innov Gnawa - Bambro Koyo Ganda
  • Camelphat & Elderbrook - Cola
  • Gorillaz feat DRAM - Andromeda
  • Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair - Line Of Sight

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

  • Kraftwerk - 3-D The Catalogue (winner)
  • Bonobo - Migration
  • Mura Masa - Mura Masa
  • Odesza - A Moment Apart
  • Sylvan Esso - What Now

Best Rock Performance:

  • Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker (winner)
  • Chris Cornell - The Promise
  • Foo Fighters - Run
  • Kaleo - No Good
  • Nothing More - Go To War

Best Metal Performance

  • Mastodon - Sultan's Curse (winner)
  • August Burns Red - Invisible Enemy
  • Body Count - Black Hoodie
  • Code Orange - Forever
  • Meshuggah - Clockworks

Best Rock Song

  • Foo Fighters - Run (winner)
  • Metallica - Atlas, Rise!
  • K.Flay - Blood In The Cut
  • Nothing More - Go To War
  • Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Best Rock Album

  • The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (winner)
  • Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand
  • Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
  • Nothing More - The Stories We Tell Ourselves
  • Queens of the Stone Age - Villains

Best alternative album

  • The National - Sleep Well Beast (winner)
  • Arcade Fire - Everything Now
  • Gorillaz - Humanz
  • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
  • Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

Best R&B Performance

  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (winner)
  • Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis - Get You
  • Kehlani - Distraction
  • Ledisi - High
  • SZA - The Weekend

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • The Weeknd - Starboy (winner)
  • 6LACK - Free 6LACK
  • Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
  • Khalid - American Teen
  • SZA - Ctrl

Best Rap Performance

  • Kendrick Lamar - Humble (winner)
  • Big Sean - Bounce Back
  • Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
  • Jay Z - 4:44
  • Migos feat Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee

Best Rap/Sung Performance

  • Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna - Loyalty (winner)
  • 6LACK - PRBLMS
  • Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy - Crew
  • Jay Z feat Beyoncé - Family Feud
  • SZA feat Travis Scott - Love Galore

Best Rap Song

  • Kendrick Lamar - Humble (winner)
  • Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
  • Danger Mouse feat Run The Jewels and Big Boi - Chase Me
  • Rapsody - Sassy
  • Jay Z - The Story Of O.J.

Best Country Album

  • Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1 (winner)
  • Kenny Chesney - Cosmic Hallelujah
  • Lady Antebellum - Heart Break
  • Little Big Town - The Breaker
  • Thomas Rhett - Life Changes

Best Musical Theatre Album

  • Dear Evan Hansen (winner)
  • Come From Away
  • Hello, Dolly!

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • La La Land (winner)
  • Baby Driver
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
  • Hidden Figures: The Album
  • Moana: The Songs

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

  • La La Land (Justin Hurwitz) (winner)
  • Arrival (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
  • Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
  • Game Of Thrones: Season 7 (Ramin Djawadi)
  • Hidden Figures (Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer)

Best Song Written For Visual Media

  • How Far I'll Go - from Moana (winner)
  • City Of Stars - from La La Land
  • I Don't Wanna Live Forever - from Fifty Shades Darker
  • Never Give Up - from Lion
  • Stand Up For Something - from Marshall

Best Producer

  • Greg Kurstin (winner)
  • Calvin Harris
  • Blake Mills
  • No I.D.
  • The Stereotypes

Best Music Video

  • Kendrick Lamar - Humble (winner)
  • Beck - Up All Night
  • Jain - Makeba
  • Jay Z - The Story Of O.J.
  • Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

Best Music Film

  • Various Artists - The Defiant Ones (winner)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - One More Time With Feeling
  • The Grateful Dead - Long Strange Trip
  • Various Artists - Soundbreaking
  • Various Artists - Two Trains Runnin'.