ARTS & LEISURE — February 13, 2018 at 6:09 am

60th annual Grammy Awards celebrate best artists of the year

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards was held on Jan. 28, hosted by James Corden in Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year’s Grammys were filled with memorable moments including 13 performances from several winners.

Bruno Mars won three of the most prestigious awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.  He received the awards for album and record of the year with “24K Magic.” The song that won best of the year was “That’s What I Like,” which was a collaboration between Mars and songwriters Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” won him Best Pop Solo Performance, angering crowds who believed Kesha’s emotional song, “Praying,” should have received the award. Sheeran was up against four popular female singers: Lady Gaga, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson and P!nk. Although his single is Spotify’s most streamed single of the year, many viewers were outraged that he was awarded instead of Kesha. Sheeran was not present to accept the award himself and needed it to be accepted on his behalf by hosts.

“I guess it’s a good thing Kesha didn’t win over Ed Sheeran, since the music industry doesn’t seem to care about examining its abuses of power,” critic Ira Madison III said on Twitter.

The Grammys also allowed many of the creators to bring current issues to light. Some topics addressed were racial equality, political shortcomings and immigration issues. There was also a surprise appearance by Hillary Clinton. She read, along with other celebrities, a children’s book created for the hidden purpose of mocking President Donald Trump.

Kendrick Lamar and U2 opened the event with a performance expressing the mistreatment of African Americans. His performance began with soldiers stomping on stage with an American Flag backdrop. He sang, “XXX.,” and Bono and Edge came on stage to do their vocal and guitar parts. The show continued with an interruption from Dave Chappelle in which he made a remark about the current issue.

“I just wanted to remind everybody that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America… is being an honest black man in America. Sorry for the interruption,” comedian Dave Chappelle said during the performance.

Chappelle wanted to remind people of the current political issues happening with racial equality in America; after the serious comment he bounced back with a comical remark.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B, that was amazing, wow. I love that song, man. Like, I love that song. It takes me back, you know, like way back to when Trump wasn’t president,” Trevor Noah said in his comedic remarks.

Noah did not hide his views of the president and instead elaborated on them by mocking him.

Clinton collaborated with James Corden for his comedy skit about the president. Corden held audition book readings for a book that summarizes Trump’s past year as president. Clinton read in a pre-filmed audition video, covering her face with the book in the beginning and eventually revealing her face, making the crowd cheer.

Camila Cabello took it upon herself to explain her belief that the United States is “built by dreamers, for dreamers and chasing the American Dream.”

Cabello herself is a Cuban-Mexican immigrant born in Eastern Havana. She believes that she is also a dreamer, having gone from an underprivileged background to performing in New York City in front of the Statue of Liberty for the Grammys.

Below is a list of the winners for the fields General, Pop, Dance Electronic, Rock, Alternative, R&B, Rap and Country from Billboard. To see all of the nominees and fields from the Grammys click here.

GENERAL FIELD

Album of the Year:

24K Magic — Bruno Mars — WINNER

Record of the Year:

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars — WINNER

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 & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars) — WINNER

Best New Artist:

Alessia Cara — WINNER

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran — WINNER

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man — WINNER

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

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

Best Pop Vocal Album:

÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran — WINNER

DANCE/ELECTRONIC FIELD

Best Dance Recording:

“Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem — WINNER

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

3-D The Catalogue — Kraftwerk — WINNER

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL FIELD

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:

Prototype — Jeff Lorber Fusion — WINNER

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance:

“You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen — WINNER

Best Metal Performance:

“Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon — WINNER

Best Rock Song:

“Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters) — WINNER

Best Rock Album:

A Deeper Understanding — The War On Drugs — WINNER

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album:

Sleep Well Beast — The National — WINNER

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance:

“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars — WINNER

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino — WINNER

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 & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars) — WINNER

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Starboy — The Weeknd — WINNER

Best R&B Album:

24K Magic — Bruno Mars — WINNER

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance:

“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar — WINNER

Best Rap/Sung Performance:

“LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna — WINNER

Best Rap Song:

“HUMBLE.” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) — WINNER

Best Rap Album:

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar — WINNER

COUNTRY FIELD

“Either Way” — Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

“Better Man” — Little Big Town — WINNER

Best Country Song:

“Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton) — WINNER

Best Country Album:

From a Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Einav Cohen

Einav Cohen is a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. She is a staff writer for the school newspaper and an officer in DECA. Einav was born in Israel and moved to Parkland Florida as a child.

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