Bruno Mars wins big and Kesha delivers a raw performance at Grammys 2018

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On Sunday, January 28, the 60th annual Grammy Awards aired live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City, marking the first time since 2003 that the event has been held outside of Los Angeles. Hosted by James Corden, the music-filled evening saw Bruno Mars sweep the biggest categories, including Record of the Year.

There were a few noteworthy moments, starting with Dave Chappelle’s colorful commentary throughout a moving and politically-charged opening performance by Kendrick Lamar – who swept the rap categories – along with U2. “The only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America,” said Chappelle before the artist continued to sing, “is being an honest black man in America.”

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Other notable performances included a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino by Gary Clark Jr. and Jon Batiste; Sting singing his hit Englishman in New York alongside his new collaborator Shaggy; a country-themed tribute to those we lost in the Las Vegas shooting by Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne who sang Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven; and 1-800-273-8255, the suicide hotline rap by Logic, featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.

The most passionate performance, however, was Kesha belting out her hit Praying, accompanied by Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, and a team of female vocalists called the Resistance Revival Chorus. The song may just become the unofficial anthem for the #metoo and #timesup movements. Chances are, many a tear were shed by those watching at home as they witnessed the raw emotion of the singer. She posted a Tweet after the performance, thanking the women who joined her on stage, the Recording Academy, and everyone who has supported her through difficult times.

While Chappelle offered more on-stage comic relief than host Corden, the British talk show host did bring the laughs with a few sketches, including a New York take on his smash hit segment Carpool Karaoke. Joined by Sting and Shaggy, the trio attempted to sing on a New York subway, but were met with typical New York resistance, including an angry construction worker, and an elderly lady not afraid to shoo Sting away with her purse.

In celebration of the Best Spoken Word Album category, Corden held a mock casting for next year’s category, with various celebrities reading passages from the book Fire and Fury. While it was hilarious in this politically tinged segment to hear artists like DJ Khaled, Cher, and Cardi B read about President Trump, it was the final person who had the audience erupting in applause: Hillary Clinton.

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Here’s a complete list of this year’s big winners:

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Record of the Year: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

Album of the Year: 24K Magic by 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: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Solo Performance: Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran

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

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

Best Pop Vocal Album: (Divide) by Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording: Tonite by LCD Soundsystem

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

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Prototype by Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Rock Performance: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: Sultan’s Curse by Mastodon

Best Rock Song: Run by Foo Fighters

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

Best Alternative Music Album: Sleep Well Beast by The National

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

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Redbone by 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 by The Weeknd

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

Best Rap Performance: HUMBLE by Kendrick Lamar

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

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

Best Rap Album: DAMN by Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance: Either Way by Chris Stapleton

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

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

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

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album: The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas by Dave Chappelle

See all of the night’s winners at the Grammys Website.

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