Bruno Mars Sweeps Grammy Awards, As Jay Z Leaves Empty-Handed
It was a Bruno Mars show at the just concluded 60th Grammy Awards held in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The 24K Magic crooner carted home six awards which included Album of the Year, for “24K Magic", Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Record of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.
The 32-year-old singer, sporting a bright smile and sunglasses, recalled how he first performed as a child for tourists in his native Hawaii.
“I remember seeing it firsthand — people dancing that had never met each other from two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other, celebrating together,” he said.
“All I wanted to do with this album was that,” he told thousands of industry players at Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Grammys temporarily shifted after 15 years in Los Angeles.
Mars won all of the awards for which he was in the running on what was expected to be a major night for hip-hop, which for the first time dominated nominations for the major categories.
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who had led with eight nominations, ended the night empty-handed.
Kendrick Lamar for the second time swept all rap categories but failed to win the general prizes.
His five awards included Best Rap Album for “DAMN.,” a turn to a classic hip-hop sound.
Lamar opened the televised gala with a frenetic show, spitting out his verses as he was joined by U2 frontman Bono amid a sea of kung fu dancers who later fell to the ground as if struck by bullets.
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