2018 GRAMMY AWARDS WINNERS

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Bruno Mars was the big winner at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, beating out the smash hit “Despacito” for Song of the Year with “That’s What I Like,” and winning Record of the Year and Album of the Year for 24K Magic over Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino. Lamar entered the night with seven nominations, and while he took home Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song, he was shut out (again) from less genre-specific awards like Album of the Year, which has historically been unfriendly to rap and hip-hop, as well as Record of the Year.

The ceremony kicked off with a searing performance by Lamar interspersed with commentary from comedian Dave Chappelle, who noted, “the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America.” The medley of Lamar’s work continued with dancers in camouflage military uniforms, cameos by Bono and The Edge, dance-infused taiko drumming, and dancers in red hoodies dropping one by one to the sound of gunshots.Although numerous celebrities including Lady Gaga, Elton John and Nick Jonas displayed their support for #TimesUp by wearing pins or white roses, the Grammys reportedly failed to read the room and offered solo performances to all of the Album of the Year nominees except Lorde— the sole female nominee in the category, who did not perform.

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