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Grammys 2018: Six Awards from Six Nominations for Bruno Mars plus Hillary Clinton’s Surprise Entry

Jay-Z may have entered Sunday night’s Grammy Awards on cloud nine with the maximum number of nominations in the 60th edition of the awards, but left, rather, high and dry with not a single win against his name.

Bruno Mars, on the other hand, ended up with a hundred percent conversion with six wins out of six nominations, followed by Kendrick Lamar, who was a close second with five wins to his credit. He was also the second most nominated artist of the night.

In addition to the best album, record, and song of the year Grammys, the ‘24K Magic’ singer also took home the Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album as well as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical awards.

While there was no dearth of powerful performances Sunday night at the Madison Square Garden, Kesha outshone all in her #MeToo moment with her song ‘Praying’ from her third studio album ‘Rainbow.’

She was joined onstage by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus – a group of women dedicated to protest songs – and, together, they sang their hearts out in their rendition of the Kesha’s emotional hit single.

After that superlative performance, Kesha used the lyrics of her song to thank @RecordingAcad, the ladies who sang onstage with her, and all those who have supported her “through this whole journey.”

Lamar opened the night’s ceremony for the second time in a row, setting the stage on fire with his performance of ‘XXX’ from his album ‘Damn.’ Dave Chappelle and Bono gave him able company onstage along with a troupe of dancers. All through the performance, an image of the American flag fluttered in the background.

Lamar followed it up with an explosive rendition of ‘DNA,’ ending as the lights faded into darkness, coming back on to highlight, who else but, Chappelle, who won the Best Comedy Album award for ‘The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.’

“I just want to remind the audience, that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America, is being an honest black man in America. Sorry for the interruption,” quipped the stand-up comedian.

Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne paid tribute to last year’s Las Vegas shooting victims and to those who lost their lives at the Arianna Grande concert in Manchester earlier, in May.

Alessia Cara, who won the Best New Artist Grammy, said it was “unfortunate” that many amazing musicians never receive the praise they deserve and urged everyone to acknowledge good music and artists without prejudice.

“I just want to say there are some incredible artists out there making music that deserve to be acknowledged that don’t always get acknowledged because of popularity contests or numbers games and that’s kind of unfortunate,” said the 21-year-old artist. “I just want to encourage everyone to support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot.”

The 60th Grammys was not without its fair share of political innuendos, as well, with former first lady Hillary Clinton making a surprise appearance in a pre-recorded video to mock Trump.

In this segment, host James Corden auditions Cardi B, Cher, John Legend, DJ Khaled – in addition to the former presidential candidate – for next year’s best spoken word album by making them read out excerpts from Michael Wolff’s book, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ which follows Trump’s first year in the first house.

Clinton appears on screen with her face hidden behind the book, receiving cheers from the crowd as she lowers the book, revealing her face.

Here’s the excerpt that she reads out as part of her mock audition:

“He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made.”

Red Carpet Moments

Grammys 2018 Winner’s List

Record of the Year

  • “Redbone” – Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  • “The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
  • “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (WINNER}

Album of the Year

  • “Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
  • “4:44” – Jay-Z
  • “DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar
  • “Melodrama” – Lorde
  • “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (WINNER)

Song of the Year

  • “Despacito”
  • “4:44”
  • “Issues”
  • “1-800-273-8255”
  • “That’s What I Like” (WINNER)

Best New Artist

  • Alessia Cara (WINNER)
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Love So Soft” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “Praying” – Kesha
  • “Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
  • “What About Us” – Pink
  • “Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • “Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
  • “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man (WINNER)
  • “Stay” – Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Rock Performance

  • “You Want It Darker” – Leonard Cohen (WINNER)
  • “The Promise” – Chris Cornell
  • “Run” – Foo Fighters
  • “No Good” – Kaleo
  • “Go To War” – Nothing More

Best Rock Album

  • “Emperor Of Sand” – Mastodon
  • “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct ” – Metallica
  • “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” – Nothing More
  • “Villains” – Queens Of The Stone Age
  • “A Deeper Understanding” – The War On Drugs (WINNER)

Best Rap Performance

  • “Bounce Back” – Big Sean
  • “Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
  • “4:44” – Jay-Z
  • “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
  • “Bad And Boujee” – Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap Album

  • “4:44” – Jay-Z
  • “DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)
  • “Culture” – Migos
  • “Laila’s Wisdom” – Rapsody
  • “Flower Boy ” – Tyler, The Creator

Best Country Song

  • “Better Man”
  • “Body Like A Back Road”
  • “Broken Halos” (WINNER)
  • “Drinkin’ Problem”
  • “Tin Man”

Best Country Album

  • “Cosmic Hallelujah” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Heart Break” – Lady Antebellum
  • “The Breaker” – Little Big Town
  • “Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett
  • “From A Room: Volume 1” – Chris Stapleton (WINNER)

Best Rap/Sung performance

  • “PRBLMS” — 6LACK
  • “Crew” — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” — Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé
  • “Loyalty” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna (WINNER)
  • “Love Galore” — SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Comedy Album

  • “The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas” — Dave
    Chappelle (WINNER)
  • “Cinco” — Jim Gaffigan
  • “Jerry Before Seinfeld”— Jerry Seinfeld
  • “A Speck Of Dust”— Sarah Silverman
  • “What Now?” — Kevin Hart

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