It was an evening of huge snub on the Grammys for hip-hop music as the large act Jay-Z who had led with eight nominations went again house empty-handed.
The night time belonged as a substitute to Bruno Mars, who has revived retro funk and R&B for a brand new technology. He received the highest prize, Album of the Year, for “24K Magic” in addition to Record of the Year, which acknowledges high tune, for the title observe — a story of fine instances with lovely girls set to 1980s-style synths and rhythms.
The Recording Academy, the physique of 13,000 music professionals, additionally gave him Song of the Year, which awards songwriting, for an additional observe on the album — “That’s What I Like,” an old-school ode to creating love in excessive type.
The 32-year-old singer, sporting a vivid smile and sun shades, recalled how he first carried out as a baby for vacationers in his native Hawaii.
“I remember seeing it firsthand — people dancing that had never met each other from two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other, celebrating together,” he mentioned.
“All I wanted to do with this album was that,” he informed 1000’s of trade gamers at Madison Square Garden in New York, the place the Grammys quickly shifted after 15 years in Los Angeles.
Mars received all the awards for which he was within the working on what was anticipated to be a significant night time for hip-hop, which for the primary time dominated nominations for the key classes.
Kendrick Lamar, nonetheless saved the night time for hip-hop and rap.
For the second time, he swept all rap classes however didn’t win the final prizes.
His 5 awards included Best Rap Album for “DAMN.,” a flip to a basic hip-hop sound.
Lamar opened the televised gala with a frenetic present, spitting out his verses as he was joined by U2 frontman Bono amid a sea of kung fu dancers who later fell to the bottom as if struck by bullets.
Alessia Cara, who rose from making YouTube movies in her bed room to turning into a socially aware pop singer, received the intently watched award of Best New Artist.
“I’ve been pretend-winning Grammys since I was a kid in my shower,” the 21-year-old from suburban Toronto informed the gala.
“I just wanted to encourage everyone to support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot,” Cara added.
Cara has shortly discovered her voice as a singer with singles resembling “Here,” which describes the dread of pressured feelings at a celebration, and “Scars to Your Beautiful,” a name for wholesome physique picture.
Amid rising consideration to gender discrimination within the leisure trade following revelations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, high stars — notably Lady Gaga — walked the crimson carpet carrying white roses in solidarity with abuse victims and in an attraction for equality.
Kesha — whose pleas to interrupt a cope with her producer, whom she accused of rape, initially fell on deaf ears within the trade — introduced some viewers members to tears along with her deeply private tune “Praying.”
Her face intense and her voice ferocious, Kesha sang the autobiographical lyrics: “After everything you’ve done / I can thank you for how strong I have become.”
A clutch of feminine vocalists together with Cyndi Lauper provided her each symbolic and literal assist, with Kesha embracing the group in a bear-hug as she completed.
Singer Janelle Monae, introducing Kesha, mentioned that the music trade wanted to deal with its personal abuse issues.
“To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s Up!” Monae mentioned, utilizing a slogan for the motion launched on New Year’s Day by a whole lot of distinguished girls within the leisure trade.
Rapper Logic added his personal voice afterward stage, telling girls: “Stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you.”
The Grammys additionally featured a tribute to music followers killed in assaults in Las Vegas and Manchester final 12 months with nation stars Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osbourne collectively performing Eric Clapton’s mournful “Tears in Heaven.”
The Grammys didn’t maintain again from extra light-hearted political commentary.
Noting President Donald Trump’s reported disdain for studying — and the Grammy award for spoken phrase — host James Corden launched a video of well-known names reciting from “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House,” the sensational account of the tycoon-turned-president’s first 12 months in workplace.
Musicians recognized for his or her criticism of Trump began studying from the e book together with John Legend, Cher and — smoking from his trademark joint — Snoop Dogg.
The video ends with Hillary Clinton, who misplaced to Trump within the bitter 2016 election.
“The Grammy’s in the bag,” quips Clinton, whose confidence throughout her race towards Trump proved ill-advised.