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Bruno Mars wins big at 2018 Grammy Awards

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Bruno Mars was the man of the night. AFP PHOTOS

Singer Bruno Mars was this year’s biggest winner in music’s most controversial night, the Grammy Awards. The 24K magic star ran over the night with a ‘Finesse’ performance and later taking home the accolades for Song and Record of the Year for That’s What I Like and 24K Magic respectively before bagging the ultimate Album of the Year award.

Over the past few years, the Grammy Awards have produced a number of stunning moments. Who can forget that Michael Jackson tribute in 2010? What about the rap pack of Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I and Lil Wayne performing Swagger Like Us or those performances of Pink flying in the air.

But in the same way, the Grammy Awards have had controversial moments that range from giving awards to the wrong people to speeches that hit home.

This year’s award ceremony took place in New York, literally the home of rap. A number of rap acts were nominated for big accolades – Jay-Z for instance was leading the pack with eight nominations while Kendrick Lamar closely followed.

It was the first time in more than fifteen years that a white male wasn’t one of the nominees for the Album of the Year accolades and one of the few times that two rap albums were in this  category.

But that wasn’t the selling point for this year’s Grammy Awards. The ceremony was trending because after several years, it was coming back to New York, which is Donald Trump and Jay-Z’s back yard.

On Saturday CNN aired an interview of Jay-Z during the very intimate talk with Van Jones in which the rapper addressed US president Donald Trump’s shithole comments and eventually calling him a ‘superbug’.

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Jay Z

Well the president wasn’t amused and he responded with his favourite app, Twitter. Just like that Jay-Z became a trend that even when he kept losing awards to Kendrick Lamar. His name popped up more than once during the event and shouts of ‘Jay for President’ were heard.

The show, however had more to offer for example Hillary Clinton reading out lines from Fire and Fury, a Miley Cyrus and Elton John collaboration and a politically charged opening by Kendrick Lamar’s that featured comedian Dave Chappelle and U2’s Bono.

As expected #MeToo somehow stole the night with the biggest performance of the night thanks to Keisha’s Praying featuring Andra Day, Camilia Cabello and Cyndi Lauper among others.

Black Smith Mambazo won the Best World Music album for their Shaka Zulu Revisted.

Also read: Prophet Elvis Mbonye prophecies 2018 Oscar Awards

Full list of winners


Album of the Year: 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Record of the Year: 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: That’s What I Like – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist: 


Ed Sheeran bagged the accolades for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance


Best Pop Solo Performance: Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 – (Various Artists) Dae Bennett, Producer

Best Pop Vocal Album:÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran


Best Dance Recording: Tonite— LCD Soundsystem

 Best Dance/Electronic Album: 3-D The Catalogue — Kraftwerk


Prototype –  Jeff Lorber Fusion


Best Rock Performance: You Want It Darker— Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: Sultan’s Curse – Mastodon

est Rock Song: Run – Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album: A Deeper Understanding – The War On Drugs

Kendrick Lamar scooped the awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album


Best Alternative Music Album: Sleep Well Beast – The National


Best R&B Performance: That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Redbone – Childish Gambino

Best R&B Song: That’s What I Like – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy – The Weeknd

Best R&B Album: 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Jay Z and Beyonce with their daughter Blue Ivy (C)


Best Rap Performance: HUMBLE – Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance: LOYALTY – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song: HUMBLE — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album: DAMN – Kendrick Lamar


Best Country Solo Performance: Either Way – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Better Man – Little Big Town

Best Country Song: Broken Halos – Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album: From a Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Alessia Cara accepts the award for best new artist at the 60th annual Grammy Awards.


Best New Age Album: Dancing On Water – Peter Kater


Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” – John McLaughlin, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dreams and Daggers — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Rebirth — Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Bringin’ It – Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: Jazz Tango — Pablo Ziegler Trio


Best Gospel Performance/Song: Never Have To Be Alone – CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: What A Beautiful Name — Hillsong Worship

Best Gospel Album: Let Them Fall in Love – CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Chain Breaker –  Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album: Songs of Faith & Hope – Reba McEntire

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