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Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars sweeps night with six prizes

Bruno Mars

Story by Jack Foley

BRUNO Mars swept the 2018 Grammys by winning a total of six prizes, including the top three on the night.

The singer provided the night’s big upset, taking album of the year for 24K Magic . His win in this category came at the expense of Lamar’s rap LP, Damn, which had been the favourite to land the prize going into the ceremony.

Mars also claimed Record of the Year for 24K Magic, as well as Best R&B Album and Song of the Year for That’s What I Like.

Speaking on-stage, he paid tribute to his fellow nominees, saying: “You guys are the reason why I’m in the studio pulling my hair out.”

He went on to tell the story of how, as a 15-year-old in Hawaii, he performed in a show called The Magic of Polynesia, singing songs by R&B writers Babyface, Jam & Lewis and Teddy Riley.

As well as the star’s own prizes, Mars’ recording engineers won a further award for their work on the album.

If Mars’ victory in the main category came at the expense of Kendrick Lamar’s political album, the Compton-born star still took home five trophies of his own, including best rap album, best rap song and best rap performance.

And just as Mars denied Lamar, so Lamar denied rap veteran Jay-Z by dominating in his genre categories.

Jay-Z won none of the eight nominations for his latest album, 4:44, and chose not to perform at the three-hour show.

But Lamar still tipped his hat to the elder star, declaring “Jay for president!” as he collected the best rap album award.

In what proved to be a busy night for Lamar, the rapper also opened the ceremony, in New York’s Madison Square Gardens, with a provocative, politically-charged performance that featured contributions from U2 and Dave Chapelle.

There was also good news for British superstar Ed Sheeran, who took home two trophies despite not being able to attend the ceremony in person. He won best pop vocal performance for Shape Of You and best pop album for Divide.

Further awards on the night went to The War on Drugs, who claimed best rock album for A Deeper Understanding, and Alessia Cara, who was named best new artist.

LCD Soundsystem took best dance recording for Tonite, while Kraftwerk took best electronic/dance LP for 3-D The Catalogue.

There were also posthumous awards for Leonard Cohen and actress Carrie Fisher, who won best spoken word album for the audio version of her memoirs, The Princess Diarist.

The main winners (and nominees) at a glance…

Album Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Jay Z – 4:44
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Lorde – Melodrama

Record Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Luis Fonsi – Despacito
Jay Z – The Story of OJ
Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Song Of The Year
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber – Despacito
Jay Z – 4:44
Julia Michael – Issues
Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best pop album
Ed Sheeran – ÷
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Kesha – Rainbow
Lady Gaga – Joanne

Best rap album
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Jay Z – 4:44
Migos – Culture
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
Kesha – Praying
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Pink – What About Us

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber – Despacito
Imagine Dragons – Thunder
Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay

Best Dance Recording
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite
Bonobo feat Innov Gnawa – Bambro Koyo Ganda
Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Gorillaz feat DRAM – Andromeda
Odesza Featuring WYNNE & Mansionair – Line Of Sight

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kraftwerk – 3-D The Catalogue
Bonobo – Migration
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
Odesza – A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso – What Now

Best Rock Performance
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – Run
Kaleo – No Good
Nothing More – Go To War

Best Metal Performance
Mastodon – Sultan’s Curse
August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – Black Hoodie
Code Orange – Forever
Meshuggah – Clockworks

Best Rock Song
Foo Fighters – Run
Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood In The Cut
Nothing More – Go To War
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Best Rock Album
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Best alternative album
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Gorillaz – Humanz
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Best R&B Performance
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis – Get You
Kehlani – Distraction
Ledisi – High
SZA – The Weekend

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd – Starboy
6LACK – Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Big Sean – Bounce Back
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Jay Z – 4:44
Migos feat Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna – Loyalty
Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy – Crew
Jay Z feat Beyoncé – Family Feud
SZA feat Travis Scott – Love Galore

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Danger Mouse feat Run The Jewels and Big Boi – Chase Me
Rapsody – Sassy
Jay Z – The Story Of O.J.

Best Country Album
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
Little Big Town – The Breaker
Thomas Rhett – Life Changes

Best Musical Theatre Album
Dear Evan Hansen
Come From Away
Hello, Dolly!

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land
Baby Driver
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Hidden Figures: The Album
Moana: The Songs

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Arrival (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Game Of Thrones: Season 7 (Ramin Djawadi)
Hidden Figures (Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
How Far I’ll Go – from Moana
City Of Stars – from La La Land
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – from Fifty Shades Darker
Never Give Up – from Lion
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall

Best Producer
Greg Kurstin
Calvin Harris
Blake Mills
No I.D.
The Stereotypes

Best Music Video
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Beck – Up All Night
Jain – Makeba
Jay Z – The Story Of O.J.
Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Best Music Film
Various Artists – The Defiant Ones
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – One More Time With Feeling
The Grateful Dead – Long Strange Trip
Various Artists – Soundbreaking
Various Artists – Two Trains Runnin’