The 60th annual Grammy Awards are in the bag–it’s a WRAP. There were some BIG WINNERS- Bruno Mars, and some obvious snubs-JAY-Z and Sza.
Bruno Mars owned the Grammys with his R&B-inspired album “24K Magic,” winning all six awards he was nominated for at a show where hip-hop was expected to have a historical night.
Jay-Z, the leading nominee with eight, walked away empty handed Sunday — a year after his wife lost album of the year to Adele, causing fans and peers to criticize the Recording Academy for not properly rewarding Beyonce’s bold “Lemonade” project.
And though Kendrick Lamar won five awards, he lost in the top categories, marking another year where rappers were restricted to wins in the rap categories, instead of earning coveted prizes like album of the year.
Mars picked up album of the year for “24K Magic,” record of the year for the title track, and song of the year — shared with seven co-writers — for the No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Like.”
Jay-Z and Lamar could have become the first rapper to win song or record of the year, and the third rap-based act to win album of the year.
But Mars’ win still marked some growth for the Academy: His is one of the few R&B albums to win the top prize. He dedicated his win to songwriters who have made history in R&B music, including Babyface, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Lamar’s wins at Madison Square Garden in New York City included best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance, best rap/sung performance and best music video. He has a career total of 12 Grammys.
Lamar also won with his performance: He kicked off the Grammys with a powerful and poignant performance featuring video screens displaying a waving American flag behind him, as background dancers dressed as army soldiers marched and moved behind him. At one point, Lamar’s background dancers, dressed in red, were shot down as he rapped lyrics, later coming back to life as fire burst to end the six-minute performance.
I have not watched the Kendrick moment yet, but have HEARD about it a LOT!
Now let’s talk about Sza! Sza was nominated for 5 awards, but went home with NOTHING? HOW? She should’ve at least gotten 2 of the 5, but better luck next year. JAY-Z should have gotten SOMETHING for his very open and poignant, ‘4:44’, but alas. Empty handed… But check out ALL of the winners HERE!!!
Congrats to ALL!!