Grammys 2018 complete winners’ list: Bruno Mars spreads 24K Magic, wins 6 awards
While Kendrick Lamar bagged five awards at Grammys 2018, Ed Sheeran grabbed two. Stay tuned for the complete winners’ list and all the latest updates from Grammy awards.music Updated: Jan 29, 2018 10:39 IST
Bruno Mars owned the Grammys with his R&B-inspired album 24K Magic, winning all six awards he was nominated for at a show where hip-hop was expected to have a historical night. Jay-Z, the leading nominee with eight, walked away empty handed Sunday — a year after his wife lost album of the year to Adele, causing fans and peers to criticize the Recording Academy for not properly rewarding Beyonce's bold Lemonade project.
And though Kendrick Lamar won five awards, he lost in the top categories, marking another year where rappers were restricted to wins in the rap categories, instead of earning coveted prizes like album of the year.
Mars picked up album of the year for "24K Magic," record of the year for the title track, and song of the year — shared with seven co-writers — for the No. 1 hit, "That's What I Like."
Lamar's wins at Madison Square Garden in New York City included best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance, best rap/sung performance and best music video. He has a career total of 12 Grammys.
Lamar also won with his performance: He kicked off the Grammys with a powerful and poignant performance featuring video screens displaying a waving American flag behind him, as background dancers dressed as army soldiers marched and moved behind. At one point, Lamar's background dancers, dressed in red, were shot down as he rapped lyrics, later coming back to life as fire burst to end the six-minute performance.
But the night's top performer was Kesha, who was passionate and striking onstage with the help of powerful women behind her, including the Resistance Revival Chorus. She was joined by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha for her Grammy-nominated song, "Praying." Dressed in white, they won over the audience and hugged at the song's end as some audience members cried, including Hailee Steinfeld.
Kesha , who earned her first pair of Grammy nominations this year, has been in a legal war with former producer and mentor Dr. Luke. Janelle Monae introduced the performance with strong words.
"We come in peace but we mean business. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: Time's Up," Monae said. "It's not just going on in Hollywood. It's not just going on in Washington. It's here in our industry, too."
Before the performance, Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed an emotional rendition of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" — written after his son died — in honor of the 58 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last year. The names of victims were displayed behind them as they performed.
In one of the more striking moments of a pointedly political Grammy Awards, host James Corden gathered celebrity readers — including Hillary Clinton — to read from Michael Wolfe's best-seller "Fire and Fury" about President Donald Trump's White House.
A surprise appearance from Hillary Clinton reading Fire & Fury at the Grammys pic.twitter.com/VAYk70pqAj— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 29, 2018
Earlier in the broadcast, U2 performed in front of the Statue of Liberty. And Camila Cabello spoke passionately as "a proud Cuban-Mexican born in Havana" on behalf of immigrants. Cabello said, "This country was built by dreamers for dreamers chasing the American dream."
Here’s a list of early winners at the awards night:
Album of the Year: 24K Magic
Record of the Year: 24 KMagic
Song of the year (songwriter’s award): That’s What I Like.
Best new artist: Alessia Cara.
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.
Best pop vocal album: Divide, Ed Sheeran.
Best rock album: A Deeper Understanding, The War on Drugs.
Best alternative music album: Sleep Well Beast, The National.
Best rap album: DAMN., Kendrick Lamar.
Best rap song: HUMBLE., Kendrick Lamar.
Best rap performance: Kendrick Lamar.
Best urban contemporary album: Starboy, The Weeknd.
Best R&B album: 24K Magic, Bruno Mars.
Best R&B performance: Bruno Mars.
Best R&B song: That’s What I Like, Bruno Mars.
Best dance/electronic album: 3-D The Catalogue.
Best country album: From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton.
Best jazz vocal album: Dreams And Daggers, Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Best jazz instrumental album: Rebirth, Billy Childs.
Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: La La Land.
Best music video: HUMBLE., Kendrick Lamar
Follow @htshowbiz for more