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Bruno Mars sweeps top Grammy prizes

Bruno Mars sweeps top Grammy prizes”

The Compton, California native is the reigning prince of hip hop and the Wizard of Woke (if you don't know what "woke" means, Google it).

Lamar had been a favorite two years ago to win Album of the Year or "To Pimp a Butterfly", an experimental album that offered a soundtrack to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lamar follows close behind with seven and both are up for the top honours of record of the year and album of the year.

"24K Magic" is also nominated for album of the year, the last award to be announced at the Grammys.

Mars walked home with a whopping six Grammy Awards Sunday, winning in every category he was nominated in.

The "HUMBLE" rapper beat Jay-Z's newest album, 4:44, and was presented with the honor by legendary black comedian, Dave Chappelle. Like husband, like wife, indeed.

Lamar won best rap album for "DAMN." and best rap/sung performance for "Loyalty", with Rihanna, during the live telecast at Madison Square Garden in New York City. But, like Jay-Z, he was shut out in the Album, Song and Record of the Year categories.

Kesha, a best pop vocal album nominee who has been battling her former record producer Dr Luke for years in U.S. courts over allegations of emotional and sexual abuse, is expected to perform her emotional single "Praying" with Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and a full choir.

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This suggests votes for Gambino (the musical alter ego of actor/comedian Donald Glover) and the two hip-hop dynamos canceled each other out.

Record of the Year is related to but is conceptually different from Song of the Year or Album of the Year in that Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album.

That, it very well may.

This will be a night of good performances, some of them likely memorable, but nothing can top the message Lamar sent at the start of the show. "Jay-Z, Nas, Puff - they showed me the game through their lyrics up close and from afar". Treat people like human beings, that's the main point.

"I want to treat you like I want to be treated".

On Grammy Day, he was taken to task in a tweet by President Donald Trump, who is widely despised in the United States entertainment world, for comments he made in an interview to CNN.

Before announcing the victor, presenter Dave Chappelle took a moment to go off script and shout out A Tribe Called Quest.

Awards were also posthumously given to Leonard Cohen, for best rock performance, and Carrie Fisher, for best spoken word album with her reading of her memoir The Princess Diarist. "And 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. It takes me back, like, way back, to when Trump wasn't president".



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