The biggest night in music, the Grammy Awards, celebrated its 60th anniversary last night (January 28th) live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hosted by James Corden, the evening consisted of laughs, warmth, performances, awards and many more. A big winner of the night was Bruno Mars, who walked away with, Record of the Year for "24K Magic," Album of the Year and Best R&B Album for 24K Magic, and Song of the Year and Best R&B Performance for “That’s What I Like.”
Kendrick Lamar did a bit of a sweep himself, taking home Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “HUMBLE.” Kungfu Kenny also snagged Best Rap/Sung Performance for “LOYALTY.” featuring Rihanna and Best Rap Album for DAMN.
Chris Stapleton won Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way,” Best Country Song for “Broken Halos” and Best Country Album for From a Room: Volume 1. And although Ed Sheeran was absent last night, the awards for Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷ and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape of You” were accepted on his behalf.
Newcomer Alessia Cara walked away with Best New Artist.
Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Album 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 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 Comedy Album: The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas — Dave Chappelle
Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones — Various Artists
There were several highlights last night, which include Janelle Monae’s powerful speech about the Time’s Up movement, Alessia Cara saluting talented artists who aren’t in the spotlight and a tribute by Marren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton to honor the lives lost at the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas.
Janelle Monae introduced Kesha, who performed “Praying,” alongside Cyndi Lauer, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha. In Monae’s introduction she said, “We come in peace, but we mean business. It’s not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it’s right here in our industry as well. And just as we have the just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So, let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”
Gary Clark Jr. and Jon Batiste paid tribute to Domino Fats and Chuck Berry.
Logic closed out the performance of his anti-suicide record, “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid, and gave an incredible moving speech, where he said, “Black is beautiful, hate is ugly. Women are as precious as they are stronger than any man I’ve ever met. And unto them, I say stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you. Be not scared to use your voice! Especially in instances like these when you have the opportunity! Stand and fight for those who are not weak, but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal.” He added, “To all the beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity and thousands of years of history. You are not a sh*thole. You are beautiful. And lastly, on behalf of those who fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just and not ready for the change we are here to bring. I say unto you bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge. For together we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”
There was also a humorous skit thanks to James Corden, John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, DJ Khaled and Hillary Clinton. Corden auditioned the celebs to read the spoken word version of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, which is about Donald Trump.
Kendrick Lamar also endorsed JAY-Z for president.
Kendrick Lamar opened the show sending a powerful message about racism with help from U2′s Bono and The Edge, and Dave Chappelle. Kendrick kicked off his performance standing among masked dancers, who were dressed in army fatigue as American flags waves. He rapped a verse from “XXX.” as the beat of “LUST.” played in the background. Kendrick was then joined by Bono and The Edge. And shortly after, Chappelle hit the stage, saying, “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.” K-Dot then performed his verse on Rich The Kid’s “New Freezer” and “King’s Den” from the Black Panther soundtrack. The rapper exited the stage to a standing ovation.
Laga Gaga performed “Joanne” with help from Mark Ronson, as he strummed the guitar. She started the performance by saying, “This is for love and compassion, even when you can’t understand.” Gaga then performed “Million Reasons.”
Sam Smith performed his hit “Pray.”
Little Big Town hit the stage and sang, “Better Man.”
Gary Clark Jr. and John Batiste performed a tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry, performing Domino’s, “Ain’t That a Shame” and Berry’s “Maybeline.”
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit the stage and performed “Despacito.”
In a debonaire, all-white suit, Childish Gambino performed “Terrified” from his Grammy-nominated album Awaken My Love. He was joined by rising star, J.D. McCrary — who is featured on the track, and the duo gave the audience powerful vocals as they harmonized at the end of the record.
Pink gave an emotional performance of her ballad, “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.” The signer was also joined by a sign language interpreter.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B brought In Living Color to the Grammys with their ‘90s-inspired performance of “Finesse.”
Sting performed his ‘80s hit “Englishman In New York.” He was then joined by Shaggy to perform their new single “Don’t Make Me Wait.”
DJ Khaled brought together Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for a killer performance of “Wild Thoughts.” And at the beginning of the performance, of course Khaled said, “They said I would never perform at the Grammys. They played themselves.”
Marren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton performed Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven” as a tribute to victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting.
With help from Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha, Kesha performed “Praying,” which was a statement for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
U2 gave an outdoors performance of their record, “Get Out of Your Own Way.”
Elton John and Miley Cyrus performed a duet of “Tiny Dancer.”
Ben Platt and Patti Lupone performed Broadway tributes. Platt performed Barbara Streisand’s “Somewhere,” which was composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Lupone sang Julie Covington’s “Don't Cry for Me Argentina,” which was written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
SZA made her Grammys-debut and performed “Broken Clocks.”
Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris performed “Wild Flowers” for the Grammys “In Memoriam” tribute.
Logic closed the show and it was an ending to remember. The rapper gave a powerful performance of his hit “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid, as they were joined on stage by suicide survivors and family members of suicide victims, according to Rolling Stone. They wore shirts that read “You Are Not Alone” and “1-800-273-8255.”
Cardi B has been slaying non-stop and the Grammys were no different. She 100-percent gave us Cinderella in her white, uniquely shaped Ashi Studio dress.
Ashanti looked angelic in her gold Elie Madi, teacup length dress. Makeup, flawless. You nailed this one!
Eve’s look was effortless, chic, fly, you name it! She rocked a sequined pantsuit by Naeem Khan.
SZA left us breathless in her Atelier Versace couture gown. There was NOTHING wrong with this look!
Lady Gaga did anything, but disappoint. She wore an Armani Privé gown, which had lace bodice and a long train.
There’s something about Andra Day’s pink and red tuxedo dress by Victoria Hayes that has us saying, “hmm” and scratching our chin.
Absolutely love Rita Ora’s Ralph and Russo black velvet gown with the high thigh slit, but the hair fell flat. Literally.
Again, another hair fail! Janelle Monae rocked a floral embroidered Dolce and Gabbana pantsuit like only she can, but her hair! We'll pass!
Pink…We can’t call it, but we won’t even attempt to try. She wore a long feather Armani Prive dress that certainly missed the mark.
Hailee Steinfield’s white Alexandre Vauthier was actually quite cute, but the thigh-high purple boots gave us trying too hard to be differed. Ruined it for us.
Not too sure what Coco Austin was trying to do with this black, overly cut out dress, but the Grammys wasn’t the place for it.
Kesha, no ma’am.
Sam Smith would’ve been so close had he wore a white button up shirt with that green suit, but nope.
In clip one, Alessia Cara accepts award for Best New Artist.
["Holy cow. Wow. I'm taking… I've been like pretend winning Grammys since I was a kid like in my shower so you would think I have the speech thing down. But I absolutely don't. Thank you to my parents and my brother for believing in me and supporting my dream even when it felt like it was really far fetched and unrealistic. I love you. To my entire team. Def Jam, EP Entertainment, Chris Smith and everybody in between who works so hard for me every single day, I appreciate you. The Grammys, of course, and my fans for standing by me and for being so supportive and amazing, this is for you and you guys are the reason I don't have to win Grammys in my shower any more. And really quick, I just want to say there are some incredible artists out there making incredible music that deserve to be acknowledged that don't always get acknowledged because of popularity contests or numbers games and that is kind of unfortunate so I just wanted to encourage everyone to support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot. Yeah, and that goes for everyone, not only in the industry but everyone deserves the same shot, thank you so much."] SOUNDCUE (1:14 OC: . . .thank you so much.)
In clip two, Bruno Mars accepts award for Album of the Year for 24K Magic.
["Thank you guys so much. Wow. First off, first off, to the other nominees in this category, Lorde, Kung Fu Kenny, Jay Z, Gambino, you guys are the reasons I'm in the studio pulling my hair out because I know you will only come with the top shelf artistry and music and thank you for blessing the world with your music. I mean that. Can I tell you all a story real quick, don't cut me off, Grammys, please. I'm going to try to do this, I have been drinking, celebrating a little bit but… So I'm 15 years old and I'm opening up a show in Hawaii called the Magic of Polynesia. I'm in front of a curtain and I'm singing songs. My job in that show was to entertain about a thousand people, a thousand tourists from all over the world. And I put together a set list like 10 to 12 songs and I will be honest, I was incredible at 15. And later on in life I found out that those songs that I was singing were written by either Baby Face, Jimmy Jam Terry Lewis or Teddy Riley. And with those songs I remember seeing it. I remember seeing it first hand people dancing that had never met each other from two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other, celebrating together. All I wanted to do with this album was that. And you know, those songs were written with nothing but joy and for one reason and for one reason only, and that's love. That's all I wanted to bring with this album and hopefully I could feel that again and see everybody dancing and everybody moving. I would like to dedicate this award to them, they are my heroes. They are my teachers, they laid the foundation. This album wouldn't exist if it wasn't for these guys that have written these songs. You know, I had to sprinkle a little Mars sauce on it. And this is for them, I love you guys, thank you so much, I don't know, this is incredible."] SOUNDCUE (2:14 OC: . . .know, this is incredible.)
In clip three, Bruno Mars accepts award for Record of the Year for 24K Magic.
["They cut me off the last time, I just want to say, Julie Greenwald, my partner in crime, give it up. My lady Jessica, I love you, baby, thank you for being my rock and being on my side throughout this whole process. My father, if you are watching this, dad, I love you. Look at me, pop, look at me, I'm at the Grammys right now. Thank you to the fans, to my band watching, you guys, man, I love y'all with all my heart. And this is for the fans. Thank you, guys."] SOUNDCUE (:36 OC: . . .Thank you, guys.)
In clip four, Bruno Mars accepts award for Song of the Year for That's What I Like.
["Thank you guys so much. Real quick. I've known these guys for over a decade. All the music, the music business horror stories you see in the movies, we've been through all of it. And this is the first time on this album that we all came collectively as a group and put this song together and put the album together. So fellas, it is an honor to share this with you tonight, these are my brothers, give it up for James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Broady Brown. And the Stereotypes. Thank you guys so much, Atlantic Records, thank you."] SOUNDCUE (:42 OC: . . .Atlantic Records, thank you.)
In clip five, Chris Stapleton accepts award for Best Country Album.
["(Chris Stapeton) It's wonderful to be in a room with all these people tonight. And we're so proud, we always try to make great records as good as we can. I guess this is a testament to that so thank you to everybody who works so hard for us and out on the road, it's a real joy to get to make music. Dave Cobb. (Dave Cobb) Thanks y'all so much, I want to thank the Stapletons for keeping me around and the band for kicking butt in the studio and thank God and my family."] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . .God and my family.)
In clip six, Dave Chapelle accepts award for Best Comedy Album.
["Thank you, everybody. Boy, I am honored to win an award finally. And I wanted to thank everybody at Netflix and everyone at Saturday Night Live, everyone at Chappelle Show, Jeff Wills at Live Nation, my wife and my kids and my brother and my sister and their kids and my mother and my dad. See you on Monday."] SOUNDCUE (:35 OC: . . .See you on Monday.)
In clip seven, James Corden auditions celebrities for the spoken word version of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury.
["(James Corden) Fire and Fury spoken word auditions take one. (John Legend) Trump won't read anything. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored. (James Corden) Cut. Sorry. It's just feels a bit too smooth. I don't think it's going to work. Next. (Cher) His combover, semicolon, the color was a product called Just for Men. The longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump's orange blond hair color. (James Corden) Cut. (Snoop Dogg) Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration. He started to get angry and hurt that stars were determined to embarrass him. I definitely wasn't there. (James Corden) Cut. Spoken word. Cardi B. (Cardi B) If Trump wasn't having his dinner with Steve Bannon, then more to his liking he was in bed by that time with a cheese burger. Why am I even reading this… I can't believe this. I can't believe that he really, this is how he lives his life? (DJ Khaled) He recommended the housekeeper staff picking up his shirt from the floor. If my shirt is on the floor, it's because I want it on the floor. Another one, it's we the best. It's DJ Khaled. Matter fact, this the best spoken word album in the game. I'm finally gonna win my Grammy. (James Corden) Cut, cut, this isn't going to work. Next. (DJ Khaled) It's not going to work? Everything I do, work. (James Corden) Stand by, take one. (Hillary Clinton) He had a long time fear of being poisoned. One reason why he likes to eat at McDonald's. Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade. (James Corden) That's it. We've got it. That is the one. (Hillary Clinton) You think so? (James Corden) Oh yeah. (Hillary Clinton) The Grammy is in the bag? (James Corden) In the bag."] SOUNDCUE (1:48 OC: . . .bag? (James Corden) In the bag.)
In clip eight, James Corden congratulates Jay Z on receiving the Industry Icons Award.
["Welcome back to the Grammy Awards. Last night, the Industry Icon Award was given out at the Recording Academy's pre-Grammy gala. This year's recipient was Mr Jay Z. Jay Z, your legacy in music is one that inspires, and uplifts and it challenges millions of fans across the world. You're one of the all time greats. Congratulations on this award last night. It's so richly deserved. Also, on a personal note, I've been in New York for about a week now, I pretty much know this place like the back of my hand. If you need me to show you around… We could go down to Brooklyn, or down to Tribeca. Right next to DeNiro, guys like me and you will be hood forever. You know? I got my stash spot at 560 State Street. You know, whatever you want. A gypsy cab… Just holla back. That's quite enough. You call it a Big Apple, I call it the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. This is just something that I made up."] SOUNDCUE (1:08 OC: . . .something that I made up.)
In clip nine, Janelle Monae gives a passionate speech about the Times Up movement.
["Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman, with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry, artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. We come in peace but we mean business. To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: #TimesUp. We say times up for pay inequality, times up for discrimination, times up for harassment of any kind, and times up for the abuse of power. It's not just going on in Hollywood, it's not just going on in Washington, it's right here in our industry as well. And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So, let's work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women."] SOUNDCUE (1:36 OC: . . .access for all women.)
In clip ten, Kendrick Lamar accepts award for Best Rap Album for DAMN.
["As my guy Mazi say, you know, God up top, all the time, real talk you know? Hip hop, man, I say hip hop. This is a special award because it's rap music. This is the thing that got me on the stage, this got me to tour all around the world, support my family and all that. Most importantly, it showed me a true definition of what being an artist was, you know. From the jump I thought it was about the accolades and cars and clothes but it is really about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve, for the next listener, the next generation after, that you know what I'm saying? Hip hop has done that for me. I got a lot of guys in this building right now that I idolize to this day. Jay-Z, Nas, Puff, You know? These guys showed me the game, from close and from afar. So with that being said, this shows me the hip hop real talk, that's love, baby. Jay for President."] SOUNDCUE (1:05 OC: . . .baby. Jay for President.)
In clip eleven, Kendrick Lamar accepts award for Best Rap Sung Performance for Loyalty.
["(Kendrick Lamar) What's up, what's up? Hey, man. This is love, I appreciate every single last one of y'all, my fans out there, TD, the crew, Interscope staff, Aftermath. Hey, Rihanna, what's up, man? She came through and gassed me on that record, gassed me on my own song and what not, man. So this really belongs to her, real talk, so come on up here, man, talk about it. (Rihanna) Well, thank you, Kendrick for giving me this incredible opportunity to be on such a great record. I love this record and I'm honored to do this with you. Congrats, you deserve this, man. (Kendrick Lamar) Hey, hey, appreciate you all, love."] SOUNDCUE (:44 OC: . . .appreciate you all, love.)