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Kendrick Lamar wins five awards - takes Grammy Awards by storm

Kendrick Lamar wins five awards - takes Grammy Awards by storm

Mars won best R&B album, best R&B performance and best R&B song in the pre-telecast. When Bono is basically a glorified backing singer for Kendrick Lamar and the...

Alessia Cara was named best new artist. Only 17 awards out of more than 80 presented went to women or female-fronted acts. Dozens of artists and music industry players also sported white roses in support of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements against sexual abuse and harassment.

Inside the venue, pop singer Kesha, who has been battling her former record producer Dr Luke for years in U.S. courts over allegations of emotional and sexual abuse, is to perform her defiant single Praying. Janelle Monae offered an eloquent introduction and Kesha's chorus included Bebe Rexha, Andra Day and Cyndi Lauper. A highlight to rival the awards show: Nile Rodgers (last year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) and Chic performed a fun medley of some of the songwriter's biggest hits, from We Are Family to Get Lucky, which he said he wrote with Pharrell Williams as a "motivational song" after beating cancer, twice.

"You'll hear individual comments from artist who are there. Let's work together, women and men ... to create a safe work environment, equal pay and access for all women".

Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne performed "Tears in Heaven", a moving tribute to the music fans who lost their lives during the attacks at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October and the Arianna Grande concert in Manchester, England last May. "Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it".

"We wanted to come together and honour the memory of the handsome, music-loving souls so cruelly taken from us", added Morris. This garnered significantly more critical acclaim in 2017 than Mars, with his more mainstream R&B on "24K Magic".

"Thank you, guys, for blessing the world with your music".

Album of the Year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic. "These songs were written with nothing but joy". "Hopefully I could feel that again and see everybody dancing and everybody moving". Later in the night, Lamar would take home the Grammy for best rap/sung performance for his song "LOYALTY", featuring Rihanna, and best rap album for "DAMN".

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"I just wanted 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", observed Chapelle in the middle of the segment.

In a pre-taped segment, Cordon said a shoo-in victor to next year's Grammys would be the audio book recording to "Fire and Fury".

Jay-Z, who bared his soul on his 4:44 album, was not expected to perform today in a departure from Grammy tradition.

Kendrick Lamar opened the 60th Grammy Awards with a performance so potent and exhilarating that "music's biggest night" struggled mightily for at least an hour and a half afterward.

On a night of mostly muted performances - and, especially in the show's first half, mostly muted activism - Kesha stood out.

The Rolling Stones picked up the third Grammy of their career - for best traditional blues album for "Blue & Lonesome", while Ed Sheeran won best pop vocal album.

Awards were also posthumously given to Leonard Cohen, for best rock performance, and Carrie Fisher, for best spoken word album with her reading of her memoir The Princess Diarist.


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