Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, The Rolling Stones Among The Winners At 2018 Grammy Awards

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Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, The Rolling Stones and Little Big Town were all among the winners at the 2018 Grammy Awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

This year, though, Bruno Mars swept the board at the 60th annual Grammys. 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.’

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.

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All but nine of the 84 awards at the 2018 Grammy Awards were given out in a ceremony before the show itself as the 2018 event was heavily performance driven. This year’s awards have presented the most diverse group of nominees ever in the history of the Grammys and also the most overtly political.

On receiving the award for Best Rap Performance (for ‘Loyalty’ with Rihanna), Kendrick Lamar made a reference to Jay-Z, whose recent interview about US President Donald Trump resulted with him being shut out of the awards.

“(Hip-Hop) is what got me on the stage, this is what got me to tour around the world,” said Lamar.  “Most important it showed me what a true artist is. It’s about expressing yourself and putting paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next generation and the next. Jay for president!”

Lamar recruited U2’s Bono and the Edge for a thrilling, politically charged medley at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Dave Chappelle also punctuated the set with comedic spoken interludes.

Among the live performance highlights from the 2018 Grammy Awards were Lady Gaga performing ‘Million Reasons’ with Mark Ronson on guitar; Little Big Town performing the Taylor Swift-penned ‘Better Man’ and ‘Despacito’ enjoying its Grammy moment with a cavalcade of dancers.

Elsewhere, Childish Gambino channelled Prince in a brilliant white suit. Sam Smith performed an emotional ‘Pray’ with a full gospel choir, while U2 performed ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ from Songs Of Experience on a barrage in the Hudson Rover, with the Statue of Liberty providing the backdrop.

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Also among the evening’s most memorable performances were Patti Lupone reprising her Grammy performance from 1981, with ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ providing a fitting tribute to the Leonard Bernstein centennial.  Meanwhile, Eric Church, Maren Morris and the Brothers Osbourne performed ‘Tear 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 at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last May.

The Complete Winners of the 2018 Grammy Awards are as follows:

Record of the Year: 24 Karat Magic — Bruno Mars
Album of the Year: 24 Karat 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: 24 Karat 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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