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Recap: Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar win big at 2018 Grammy’s

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Recap: Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar win big at 2018 Grammy’s

Music’s biggest night of the year flourished with Hip-Hop and R&B dominance.

Bruno Mars swept the Grammy’s taking home 6 awards including Album of the Year for 24K Magic and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.”

Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a fiery medley of his songs “XXX,” “DNA,” and “King’s Dead” featuring U2 and comedian Dave Chappelle.

“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man being honest in America, is being an honest black man in America,” Chappelle said.

Lamar swept the rap categories including “Best Rap Album” for DAMN. and Best Rap Song for “Humble.” Leaving Jay-Z who had 8 nods going home with not one award for his gem dropping album 4:44.

Even though he didn’t win he was the 2018 Recording Icon of the Year recipient at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party. It would’ve been nice for him to be awarded for an album that was so transparent.

Lady Gaga followed performing a medley of “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” alongside Mark Ronson.  P!nk was next up with a performance of “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.” This time opting for a simple performance instead of something more dramatic. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed one their hit “DES-PA-SITO,” yes I sang that, on the award show.

Childish Gambino delivered a gratifying performance of “Terrified” and was awarded Best Traditional R&B Performance for 2016 summer hit “Redbone” from the album “Awaken My Love!”

Bruno Mars performance of “Finesse” remix featuring everyone’s favorite rookie Cardi B was nothing short of effortless easily the best performance of the night.

Kesha’s emotional performance “Praying” shined a light on the Time Up movement. Top Dawg Entertainments’ SZA performed “Broken Clocks” with vigor and emotion which was unexpected for those who hear “The Weekend” on your radio’s daily rotation.


Little Big Town performed their Grammy award-winning song “Better Man” which won Best Country Duo/Performance. Sting and Shaggy came together for a rendition of the hit “Englishman in New York.” Elton John teamed up with Miley Cyrus for the classic “Tiny Dancer.”

There were additional performances by Sam Smith, U2, Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris, Ben Platt, Patti LuPone, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris & Eric Church, Jon Batiste & Gary Clark Jr.

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