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Bruno Mars Sweeps Awards at 60th Grammys
1/30/2018 4:48:09 PM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) - Retro pop sensation Bruno Mars (whose secret identity is Peter Gene Hernandez from Hawaii) ran away with most of the major awards at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards held Jan. 28 in New York City, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

The 32 year-old singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and choreographer who's half Puerto Rican and half Filipino, won seven Grammys, making him the top music artist at the Grammys. Record of the Year and Album of the Year went to Mars' funk-filled "24K Magic" while Song of the Year was won by his delightful "That's What I Like."

Mars swept five other categories: Best R&B Performance (That's What I Like); Best R&B Song (That's What I Like); Best R&B Album (24 K Magic); Best R&B Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

"You guys are the reason I'm in the studio pulling my hair out," said Mars to his competitors in the audience when accepting the award for Album of the Year.

Mars and Jay-Z were tied for the most number of nominations but Jay-Z was completely shut-out in the end and won nothing.

A big winner from the preshow awards was Kendrick Lamar, who won five Grammys: Best Rap Song; Best Rap Performance and Best Music Video for "Humble" during the preshow, and during the main ceremony. He also won Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Loyalty" with Rihanna and Best Rap Album for Damn.

Controversial wins from the live ceremony included Alessia Cara for Best New Artist (in a snub of Sza) and Ed Sheeran for Best Pop Solo Performance, with his song "Shape of You." Sheeran was a no-show at the Grammys.

R&B sensation Sza was the most nominated woman of the night but lost all five awards for which she was nominated, including Best New Artist, won by Cara.

The biggest letdown of the night was the smash hit single "Despacito," which lost in every category in which it was nominated. Created by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, Despacito is the most-viewed video on YouTube, racking-up a record 4 billion views as of October 2017, just nine months after its release.

The #TimesUp movement took center stage at the Grammys, with many female celebs wearing dainty white roses symbolic of this movement to show solidarity and compassion for victims of sexual harassment.

Here's a list of the major winners:

Record of the Year

WINNER: "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars

Album of the Year

WINNER: 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Song of the Year

WINNER: "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars. Songwriters: Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, and Jonathan Yip.

Best New Artist

WINNER: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

WINNER: "Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

WINNER: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 - (Various Artists) Dae Bennett, Producer

Best Pop Vocal Album

WINNER: ÷ (Divide) - Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording

WINNER: "Tonite" - LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album

WINNER: 3-D The Catalogue - Kraftwerk

Best Rock Performance

WINNER: "You Want It Darker" - Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance

WINNER: "Sultan's Curse" - Mastodon

Best Rock Song

WINNER: "Run" - Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album

WINNER: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs

Best R&B Performance

WINNER: "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance

WINNER: "Redbone" - Childish Gambino

Best Rap Performance

WINNER: "HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Song

WINNER: "HUMBLE." - Duckworth, Asheton Hogan, and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Music Video

WINNER: "HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

WINNER: DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

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