Kendrick Lamar delivers jaw-dropping Grammys performance

Kendrick Lamar delivers jaw-dropping Grammys performance

R&B artist Bruno Mars won the top prize at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in another victory for pop-driven music over rap, now the most popular genre in the United States.

He won the top prize, Album of the Year, for "24K Magic" as well as Record of the Year, which recognizes top tune, for the title track - a tale of good times with attractive women set to 1980s-style synths and rhythms. Now, with a third universally praised release competing for the night's biggest award, Lamar deserves to win for Damn, not just for the sake of cosmic retribution, but because his album is the category's best, a singular artistic statement from the best rapper of a generation. It also suggests the dance-happy, 1980s-styled funk and pop-soul on Mars' victorious "24K Magic" album was more palatable to Grammy voters than the far more volatile and politically charged songs of Lamar and Jay-Z.

The song takes the form of a sexual proposition as Mars invites a woman to share some intimate moments with him as he boasts of the luxuries he can provide.

Grammys gonna Grammy. What are you gonna do?

She says, "I didn't want to wear the rose". Mars also won record of the year, song of the year - beating "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi - and best R&B album.

"Shape of You", Sheeran's winning track is catchy, sure, but nothing about the song showcases a vocal performance of any particular merit. Lady Gaga was the only performer of the night to work the words "Time's up" into her set.

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James Corden tapped Grammy winners and nominees to read segments of Michael Wolff's incendiary Trump book Fire and Fury as an audition for the audio edition.

In the early going Sunday, the Grammys' pendulum swing toward hip-hop and R&B played out beyond just the domination of nominations in the four general categories of record, album, song and new artist. A letter of support signed by almost 1,000 musicians - female and male - and others was released Sunday as the pre-telecast awards began to be handed out.

"Boy, I am honored to win an award, finally", said Chappelle of his first Grammy. Janelle Monae introduced the performance with strong words.

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell picked up Best American Roots Song for "If We Were Vampires" and Best Americana Album for "The Nashville Sound", while American rock singer-songwriter Aimee Mann took home Best Folk Album for "Mental Illness". Too bad, so sad, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Logic and Lil Uzi Vert.

Trump's tweet followed a Saturday interview on CNN's new "The Van Jones Show", in which Jay-Z lamented that the president's profane comments about Africa and Haiti were "hurtful" and "disappointing", especially coming from "the leader of the free world". The 3 hour show featured some of the breath taking and power packed performances from various artists including Chris Stapleton, SZA, JAY-Z, and U2.

Lamar also opened the show with a blistering performance of several of his songs from the album.

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