2018 GRAMMYS: BRUNO MARS SWEEPS TOP CATEGORIES, KENDRICK LAMAR WINS BIG AND JAY-Z IS SHUT OUT!

The stars of music and entertainment gathered at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.

Hosted by James Corden, the night belonged to Bruno Mars. The R&B crooner’s 24K Magic album nabbed him six awards, sweeping the R&B categories and the night’s top awards – Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

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The night’s other big winner was undoubtedly Kendrick Lamar, whose DAMN. album netted him four awards, sweeping all the major Rap categories, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.

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Ed Sheeran, who missed the show, also had a solid night, taking home two major Pop awards – Best Pop Vocal Album (Divide) and Best Pop Solo Performance (Shape of You).

The Best New Artist award went to Alessia Cara, who beat back stiff competition from Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA.

Shut out of the winner’s circle was Jay-Z, who was nominated for eight awards for his 4:44 album, but left empty handed. The snub was surprising as the album was both critically and commercially well received, with the New York rapper and mogul putting out perhaps his most personal album to date. However, Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy, were by his side for support, with Blue Ivy caught on camera in a funny moment, gesturing to her famous parents to calm down as they clapped.

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Memorable performances included an arresting opening medley from Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, joined onstage by Bryson Tiller, P!nk and Miley Cyrus, who teamed up with music legend, Elton John.

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But perhaps the most impactful performance was Kesha’s, with the singer joined by Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, Andra Day, Camila Cabello and Cyndi Lauper, all dressed in white to sing ‘Praying.’ The group were making a statement in the wake of the #MeToo movement and in support of the Time’s Up initiative.

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One of the night’s funniest moments belonged to Hilary Clinton, who roasted President Trump, with a reading from Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury.”

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – 24.k Magic

Jay-Z – 4:44

Lorde – Melodrama

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Childish Gambino – Redbone

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee- Despacito

Jay Z – The Story of OJ

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE

SONG OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like

Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

4:44 – Jay-Z

Issues – Julia Michaels

1-800-273-8255 – Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid

BEST NEW ARTIST

Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

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

Something Just like This – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

Thunder – Imagine Dragons

Stay – Zedd and Alessia Cara

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Divide – Ed Sheeran

Kaleidoscope EP – Coldplay

Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey

Evolve – Imagine Dragons

Rainbow – Kesha

Joanne – Lady Gaga

BEST ROCK SONG

Run – Foo Fighters

Atlas, Rise! – Metallica

Blood in the Cut – K.Flay

Go to War – Nothing More

The Stage – Avenged Sevenfold

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Get You – Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis

Distraction – Kehlani

High – Ledisi

The Weekend – SZA

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

Redbone – Childish Gambino

Laugh and Move On – The Baylor Project

What I’m Feelin’ – Anthony Hamilton featuring The Hamiltones

All the Way – Ledisi

Still – Mali Music

BEST R&B SONG

That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

First Began – PJ Morton

Location – Khalid

Redbone – Childish Gambino

Supermodel – SZA

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

Let Them Fall In Love — CeCe Winans

Crossover: Live From Music City — Travis Greene

Bigger Than Me — Le’Andria

Close — Marvin Sapp

Sunday Song — Anita Wilson

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

Sleep Well Beast – The National

Everything Now – Arcade Fire

Humanz – Gorillaz

American Dream – LCD Soundsystem

Pure Comedy – Father John Misty

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Starboy – The Weeknd

Free 6lack – 6lack

Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino

American Teen – Khalid

Ctrl – SZA

BEST R&B ALBUM

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Freudian – Daniel Caesar

Let Love Rule – Ledisi

Gumbo – PJ Morton

Feel the Real – Musiq Soulchild

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar

Bounce Back – Big Sean

Bodak Yellow – Cardi B

4:44 – Jay-Z

Bad and Boujee – Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

BEST RAP ALBUM

Damn – Kendrick Lamar

4:44 – Jay-Z

Culture – Migos

Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody

Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE

Loyalty – Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Prblms – 6lack

Crew – GoldLink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

Family Feud – Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé

Love Galore – SZA featuring Travis Scott

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

Either Way – Chris Stapleton

Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt

Losing You – Alison Krauss

Tin Man – Miranda Lambert

I Could Use a Love Song – Maren Morris

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Better Man – Little Big Town

It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne

My Old Man – Zac Brown Band

You Look Good – Lady Antebellum

Drinkin’ Problem – Midland

BEST COUNTRY SONG

Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton

Better Man – Little Big Town

Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt

Drinkin’ Problem – Midland

Tin Man – Miranda Lambert

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

From a Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Cosmic Hallelujah – Kenny Chesney

Heart Break – Lady Antebellum

The Breaker – Little Big Town

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett

BEST ROCK ALBUM

A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs

Emperor of Sand – Mastodon

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct – Metallica

The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Nothing More

Villains – Queens of the Stone Age

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar

Up All Night – Beck

Makeba – Jainr

The Story of O.J. – Jay-Z

1-800-273-8255 – Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid

BEST COMEDY ALBUM

The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas – Dave Chappelle

Cinco – Jim Gaffigan

Jerry Before Seinfeld – Jerry Seinfeld

A Speck of Dust – Sarah Silverman

What Now? – Kevin Hart

BEST LATIN POP ALBUM

El Dorado — Shakira

Lo Único Constante — Alex Cuba

Mis Planes Son Amarte — Juanes

Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017 — La Santa Cecilia

Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos) — Natalia Lafourcade

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