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On Sunday, January 28th 2018, the 60th Grammy Awards took place in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Both the Grammy stage and red carpet were filled with music’s hottest artists, young and seasoned. Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” performance took us back to the nineties’, politics were heavy and Blue Ivy Carter gesturing for her infamous parents to “calm down” will go down in Grammy history. It was a night of surprises, politics and performances.
Whether you watched the entire show, in parts or simply missed the whole thing, we got you covered on the winners, highlights and performances:
(* presented before the show)
TOP WINNER- BRUNO MARS (SIX WINS)
Song of the year– “That’s What I Like”, Bruno Mars
Record of the year– “24K Magic”, Bruno Mars
Album of the year– “24K Magic”, Bruno Mars
*Best R&B album– “24K Magic”, Bruno Mars
*Best R&B Performance– “Thats What I Like,” Bruno Mars
*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 & Jeremy Yip
*Best Traditional R&B Performance – “Redbone”, Childish Gambino
Best Rap Album– DAMN, Kendrick Lamar
*Best Rap Song– “HUMBLE”, Kendrick Lamar
*Best Rap Performance– “HUMBLE”, Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collab– “LOYALTY”, Kendrick Lamar ft Rihanna
Best New Artist- Alessia Cara
Pop solo performance– “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
*Pop Vocal Album, “÷,” Ed Sheeran
Comedy album– “The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas”, Dave Chappelle
*Best Urban Contemporary Album– ‘Starboy’, The Weeknd
Gospel Album– “Let Them Fall in Love,” CeCe Winans
Latin pop album– “El Dorado”, Shakira
Country song– “Broken Halos”, Chris Stapleton
Country album– “From a Room, Vol.1”, Chris Stapleton
Kendrick Lamar opened with an explosive performance of a medley of his songs on the Grammy stage with a guest appearance by the one and only Dave Chappelle.
Wild, Wild, “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled feat Rihanna and Bryson Tiller was definitely the most sizzling performance of the night. We loved the South African dance, GwaraGwara which was incorporated into the choreography.
Childish Gambino performed on the smaller, intimate stage, singing”Terrified”. We didn’t know we were in for a vocal treat when he brought on his co-star J.D. McCrary, who is set to play Young Simba in the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King. The ending riff-off still has us reeling!
We got sent back to the ’90’s with an eccentric performance of “Finesse” by Bruno Mars and Cardi B. Where’s our DeLorean?
Kesha shined a spotlight on the #MeToo movement when she sang her hit “Praying.” She was joined by several other female singers, including Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello and Andra Day. Somebody pass the tissues please.
Logic performed his suicide prevention anthem “1-800-273-8255.”
Grammy nominee Sza captured our hearts with her song, “Broken Clocks”. A now known personal favorite of former president Barack Obama.
Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Pink, Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Little Big Town were among some of the other artists to perform during the show.
Hillary Clinton made an unexpected cameo in a video sketch with Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and others pretending to audition to record the audio version of Michael Wolff’s popular book about President Trump’s first year in office, “Fire and Fury.” Clinton read an excerpt about Trump’s love for fast food.
Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce became an overnight gif sensation when she was captured gesturing for her parents to quiet down their applause during Camila Cabello‘s tribute to those awaiting passage of the DREAM Act.”This country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream,” Cabello said before introducing U2.
Janelle Monae introduced performer Kesha but not before she delivered an empowering speech on the #TimesUp campaign. In her own words, “We come in peace, but we mean business”.
Host James Corden included a New York subway spoof of his Late Night’s “Carpool Karaoke”, with recording artists Shaggy and Sting. Shaggy and Sting later performed together opening with Sting’s 1987 reggae song “Englishman In New York,” which they segued into their joint single “Don’t Make Me Wait,”. They have a joint album coming out soon.
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.
Sources: (Billboard, CBS News, CNN Entertainment)