Grammy Awards 2018: Jay-Z misses out as Bruno Mars wins big

Grammy Awards 2018: Jay-Z misses out as Bruno Mars wins big
Mars picked up all the awards he was nominated for, including album of the year

Mars picked up all the awards he was nominated for, including album of the year

Bruno Mars was the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards – winning all six awards he was nominated for, including album of the year.

His album 24K Magic picked up record of the year for the title track, song of the year for That’s What I Like and best R&B album.

But Mars’ victory was rap’s defeat.

Jay-Z was the leading nominee with eight nods but left empty handed, one year after his wife Beyonce missed out on album of the year to Adele.

Kendrick Lamar, widely expected to pick up the evening’s main prize for his fourth album DAMN, was limited to rap-only categories.

He picked up five awards, including best rap album and best rap performance.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Beyonce, Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS) Editorial subscription SML 4628 x 3536 px | 39.18 x 29.94 cm @ 300 dpi | 16.4 MP Size Guide Add notes DOWNLOAD AGAIN Details Restrictions: Contact your local office for all commercial or promotional uses. Full editorial rights UK, US, Ireland, Canada (not Que
Jay Z with his wife Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy at the Grammys

The evening was not just a disappointment for those who hoped to see rap break out from genre-specific categories, but it was also noticeably short on female winners.

In a politically charged ceremony where the Time’s Up movement and the #MeToo campaign were celebrated, and where invitees wore white roses to support victims of sexual harassment, only one female artist picked up a major award.

Newcomer Alessia Cara won best new artist, considered the least important category of the main five.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Elton John attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Elton John at Grammys

In total, only a fifth of the Grammys handed out at the ceremony were given to female-led bands or female solo artists.

This included Kesha, whose performance at the Grammys was one of the most powerful moments of the evening.

She was backed by Cyndi Lauper and Camila Cabello on stage to sing Praying, which is about her experience as a survivor of sexual abuse.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Recording artists Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and Julia Michaels attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and Julia Michaels

Lauper said: “We come in peace, but we mean business.

“And to those who would dare try and silence us. We offer you two words: Time’s Up.

“We say time’s up for pay inequality, time’s up for discrimination, time’s up for harassment, of any kind. And time’s up for the abuse of power.”

Leonard Cohen and the late Carrie Fisher were awarded posthumously, with Fisher’s memoir The Princess Diarist named the best spoken word album.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS) Editorial subscription SML 4098 x 3123 px | 34.70 x 26.44 cm @ 300 dpi | 12.8 MP Size Guide Add notes DOWNLOAD AGAIN Details Restrictions: Contact your local office for all commercial or promotional uses. Full editorial rights UK, US, Ireland, Canada (not Quebec). Restricted
Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna attended the ceremony together

Main winners

Album of the year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Record of the year: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Song of the year: Bruno Mars, That’s What I Like

Best new artist: Alessia Cara

Best pop album: Ed Sheeran, Divide

Best rock album: The War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

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