Bruno Mars shines brightest at the 60th Grammy Awards

Bruno Mars shines brightest at 60th Grammy Awards in New York City


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Bruno Mars' star is burning brighter than most as the soul and funk maestro celebrates a truly golden night at the annual Grammy Awards.

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Bruno Mars' star is burning brighter than most as the soul and funk maestro celebrates a truly golden night at the annual Grammy Awards. Mars won the coveted album of the year, presented by U2's Bono and the Edge, for his 24K Magic album and enjoyed a clean sweep at the music industry's night of nights in New York. 

Held at Madison Square Garden, the 60th Grammy Awards were dominated by Mars and his chart-topping third album.

The 32-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer went in to the annual awards ceremony with six nominations and strutted away with the top honour as well as record of the year and R&B album of the year for 24K Magic, plus song of the year, R&B song of the year and best R&B performance for That's What I Like.

Music industry heavyweight Jay-Z, who has won 21 Grammys throughout his career (from 74 nominations), was nominated in eight categories but went home empty-handed.

Bruno Mars accepts the award for album of the year for 24K Magic at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

Bruno Mars accepts the award for album of the year for 24K Magic at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

Fellow multiple-nominee Kendrick Lamar's enormous purple patch continued with five Grammy wins, including best rap album for DAMN, music video, rap song and rap performance for his song Humble and the rap/sung award for Loyalty, featuring Rihanna. 

Jay-Z's 4:44, Lamar's DAMN, Childish Gambino's Awaken, My Love!and Lorde's Melodrama were also nominated for best album.

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Lorde, who in 2014 won song of the year and best pop solo performance for Royals, was up against the biggest names in pop and rap for this year's coveted album of the year award. The 21-year-old New Zealander watched on from the audience as Mars finished the night with all the applause. 

The sole Australian winner was Hillsong Worship, winning the Grammy for best contemporary christian music performance/song for What A Beautiful Name. The group, which formed out of Sydney's Hillsong church, has enjoyed enormous success with their Christian-inspired music and concerts.

Kendrick Lamar (right) opens the 60th Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

Kendrick Lamar (right) opens the 60th Grammy Awards. Photo: AP

"This is an absolutely incredible honour," said Hillsong Worship's Brooke Ligertwood, who accepted the award with fellow member Ben Fielding. The award is given to artists and songwriters of new contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop or Christian rock singles or tracks.

Sydney trio Mansionair, who collaborated with electronic duo Odesza  on the song Line Of Sight, were nominated for best dance recording. The award was won by LCD Soundsystem for Tonite. 

Australian artists Sia (best song written for visual media) and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (best music film) were also edged out by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the song How Far I'll Go (from the film Moana) and the The Defiant Ones respectively. Sia was nominated for the song Never Give Up from the 2016 film Lion, and Cave's group for One More Time With Feeling. It was Sia's eighth Grammy nomination since 2013.

Before introducing Kesha's live performance, singer and actress Janelle Monae delivered a passionate message, addressing the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. "We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well," Monae said. 

Bruno Mars (left) and Cardi B perform "Finesse" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden. Photo: AP

Bruno Mars (left) and Cardi B perform "Finesse" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden. Photo: AP

"Let's work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating safe working environments, equal pay and access for all women. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and human beings. We come in peace but we mean business. And to those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two words – Time's Up."

U2 – winners of 23 Grammy awards from 46 nominations – amped up the huge spectacle, performing live on a barge outside the venue with the Statue of Liberty in the background. 

Back at Madison Square Garden for the first time in 15 years, the awards opened with a visually stunning performance by 30-year-old Lamar.

Lady Gaga dedicated her performance of Joanne and Million Reasons (with Mark Ronson on guitar) to her father's late sister, while Sting sang 1987's Englishmen in New York accompanied by Shaggy). Texan guitarist Gary Clark jnr and the Late Show's Jon Batiste delivered a heartfelt tribute to late music legends Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, playing Domino's 1955 hit Ain't That a Shameand Berry's Maybelline.

Pink, Sam Smith, Elton John performing Tiny Dancer accompanied by Miley Cyrus, SZA and Childish Gambino a.k.a Donald Glover (who earlier won the award for traditional R&B performance for his song Redbone) all performed live at the typically star-studded event, which was hosted by The Late Late Show's James Corden.

Leonard Cohen, who died in November, 2016, won the rock performance award for You Want It Darker. Former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died last May, was nominated in the same category for his song The Promise. Glen Campbell was also posthumously nominated for Arkansas Farmboy in the American roots performance category, won by Alabama Shakes for Killer Diller Blues.

Chris Stapleton was a popular winner in the country album category for From A Room: Volume 1. Stapleton and Emmylou Harris also performed a tribute to the late Tom Petty, a multiple Grammy nominee and three-time winner, who died on October 2.

Other winners included Ed Sheeran for his chart-topping album ÷(pop vocal album) and the song Shape of You (solo performance). Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara took out best new artist.

The National won the alternative music album category with Sleep Well Beast; Foo Fighters, currently touring Australia, won the rock song category with Run and Mastadon won best metal performance with Sultan's Curse. The War On Drugs' A Deeper Understanding won the rock album award.

Kali Uchis attends the Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party for the Grammy Awards. Photo: Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for UMG/AP Images

Kali Uchis attends the Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party for the Grammy Awards. Photo: Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for UMG/AP Images

The 2018 Grammy winners

  • Album of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
  • Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — 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 and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
  • Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
  • Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran
  • Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
  • Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion
  • Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
  • Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon
  • Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters
  • Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs
  • Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National
  • Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — 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 and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd
  • Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
  • Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
  • Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
  • Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton
  • Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man” — Little Big Town
  • Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • Best Country Album: “From A Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton
  • Best New Age Album: “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater
  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” — Billy Childs
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band
  • Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio
  • Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship; Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, songwriters
  • Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams
  • Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire
  • Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira
  • Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Residente” — Residente
  • Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas
  • Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta
  • Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes
  • Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)
  • Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • Best Bluegrass Album: tie, “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters and “All the Rage — In Concert Volume One” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
  • Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” — The Rolling Stones
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’
  • Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann
  • Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers
  • Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  • Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb
  • Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher
  • Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle
  • Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Various Artists
  • Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer
  • Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
  • Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)
  • Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)
  • Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)
  • Best Recording Package: tie, “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)
  • Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)
  • Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)
  • Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein — The Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin
  • Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)
  • Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)
  • Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
  • Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
  • Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)
  • Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)
  • Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov
  • Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)
  • Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
  • Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)
  • Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” — Various Artists
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