Kendrick Lamar beats Jay-Z in early Grammy Awards race

29 January, 2018, 11:05 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Danny Moloshok  Reuters

Not quite, though R&B had an exceptionally strong showing on Sunday night.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B perform "Finesse" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in NY.

Lamar's Humble.won best music video, beating rapper Jay-Z, while Mars scored for best engineered album with 24K Magic as celebrities began their way down the red carpet in NY for the main part of the show.

The Recording Academy, the body of 13,000 music professionals, also gave him Song of the Year, which awards songwriting, for another track on the album-"That's What I Like", an old-school ode to making love in high style.

But that wasn't all. Aimee Mann won best folk album for "Mental Illness"; but Tedeschi Trucks Band lost out to Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' in the best contemporary blues album category.

"Finesse" is one of the most enjoyable songs to hit the airwaves in months, and when Bruno and Cardi took the stage together at MSG, it was basically the visual equivalent of sucking down three Pixy Stix and hopping into a plastic ball pit - sweaty, colorful and insane fun.

This story will be updated.

"To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time's Up!".

In a year when the nominees were more eclectic and adventurous, the safe bets prevailed at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Earlier this week, key music executives called on artists and employees to wear a white rose at the Grammys in support of Time's Up and #MeToo, the movements against sexual abuse and harassment.

And the Grammys are nearly guaranteeing that this year will be historic: Four of the five album of the year nominees are rap and R&B-based albums from black or Latino artists.

- Best rap song: "HUMBLE.", Kendrick Lamar. Even Jay-Z, who took the schneid, was given the Founder's Award at Clive Davis' bash the night before. Dave Chappelle won for Best Comedy Album and Lisa Loeb was also a first time Grammy victor for Best Children's Album - her "Feel What U Feel" was funded and released by Amazon.

Alessia Cara has won Best New Artist.

"We come in peace, but we mean business", she began. He opened the Grammys with a hard-hitting medley that depicted black dancers falling to the floor to symbolize being shot, and won the night's first televised award. They previously won an album of the year Grammy for Some Girls in 1978.

Last year, Kendrick delivered one of the most memorable performance of the night.

"He deserved best rap album", Macklemore wrote in the caption accompanying a picture of his text.

Other notable winners included Chris Stapleton for Best Country Album; the HBO documentary "The Defiant Ones" about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for Best Music Film; 2016 holdover "La La Land" won for Best Compilation Sountrack for Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Puppies were passed to the losers of best comedy album, including Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan.

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