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Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners of the 60th Grammy Awards, which was held this Sunday at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
British television presenter and comedian James Corden was the host of the gala.
One of the most anticipated categories was song of the year, in which “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee competed.
But the award went to That’s What I Like , by Bruno Mars.
In fact, the 24K Magic theme , also from the American, won another coveted recognition: recording of the year.
Another of the great battles of the 2018 ceremony was for the Album of the Year award.
Critics believed that it would be at odds between “4:44” by Jay-Z and Damn by Kendrick Lamar.
But Bruno Mars surprised again and also triumphed in this category.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar won five awards, one of them shared with Rihanna.
Instead, Jay-Z, who had eight nominations, left empty-handed .
These were the most outstanding awards of the 2018 Grammys:
- Album of the year: 24K Magic , by Bruno Mars
- Recording of the year: 24K Magic , by Bruno Mars
- Song of the year: That’s What I Like , by Bruno Mars
- Best Country Album: From A Room: Volume 1 , by Chris Stapleton
- Best Comedy Album: The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas , by Dave Chappelle
- Best rap album: Damn , by Kendrick Lamar
- Best Solo Pop Performance : Shape Of You , by Ed Sheeran
- Best revelation artist : Alessia Cara
- Best sung rap performance: Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna for Loyalty
- Best rap performance: Humble , by Kendrick Lamar
- Best rap song: Humble , by Kendrick Lamar
- Best music video: Humble , by Kendrick Lamar
(The complete list of winners can be found on the official prize page: grammy.com).
Defense of different causes
The Grammys are the most important accolades of music in the United States.
This year, several attendees and nominees brought a white rose to the chest, as a sign of support for the # Time’sUp movement! (“Time is up”), launched in response to the sexual harassment scandals that have shaken the entertainment world.
One of the highlights of the night was when Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello talked about immigration to the United States.
“This country was built by dreamers, for dreamers who pursue the American dream,” said the young woman.
In U.S.A. “Dreamers” are the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), created by Barack Obama to protect undocumented immigrants who entered the country while they were still children from deportation.
In September 2017, the Donald Trump administration announced that it would end this program.
After her message, Camila Cabello presented U2, the only rock band that participated in the ceremony.
The Irish played outside of Madison Square Garden, for the Statue of Liberty, and the song chosen was “Get Out of Your Own Way.” The video clip on this issue directly criticizes Trump and the Ku Klux Klan.
In addition to the political references, there were emotional presentations. Like that of Patti LuPone, who sang “Do not Cry For Me, Argentina” , the song that earned her a Tony Award when in 1979 she played Eva Perón in the original production of the musical “Evita.”
The prestigious British composer and theater entrepreneur Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the authors of “Evita”, was among the Grammy audience.