Kendrick Lamar Lights The Stage On Fire With His Grammys Performance

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With his "Damn" besting work by Jay-Z ("4:44"), Atlanta trio Migos' "Culture", "Laila's Wisdom" by North Carolina rapper Rapsody, and Tyler, the Creator's "Flower Boy", Lamar has banked his fifth trophy of the day.

If Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's smash hit "Despacito" had won Song or Record of the year, it would have marked the first time a Spanish language track won in either category.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards was Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in NY.

Kesha, who earned her first pair of Grammy nominations for an album reflecting her battle with former producer and mentor Dr. Luke, will honor victims during her performance. But, like Jay-Z, he was shut out in the Album, Song and Record of the Year categories.

The Kiwi artist won the best contemporary Christian music performance award.

Kendrick Lamar is the king of the Grammy Awards - so far - picking up five awards, including best rap album for "DAMN." and best rap/sung performance for "Loyalty", with Rihanna.

Earlier in the night, Mars gave a high-octane colourful performance with Cardi B on their collaborative single "Finesse".

Even if your parents are JAY-Z and Beyonce, when you're 6 years old, they're still embarrassing to you. Corden said the book could compete for the best spoken world album Grammy next year.

Little Big Town, who beautifully sang their Taylor Swift-penned No. 1 hit "Better Man", won best country duo/group performance with the song.

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The race was closely watched as it marked one of the few times in the 60-year history of the Grammys there were no white males nominated in the category. He was joined Sunday by U2's Bono and The Edge, and also Dave Chappelle - who told jokes in between Lamar's performance.

"We come in peace, but we mean business", she began.

"I just wanted to encourage everyone to support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot", Cara added.

- Best rock album: 'A Deeper Understanding, ' The War on Drugs.

The Grammys also featured a tribute to music fans killed in attacks in Las Vegas and Manchester a year ago with country stars Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osbourne together performing Eric Clapton's mournful "Tears in Heaven".

And still, after all the hoopla about this being the year of hip-hop and political commentary, an old-fashioned song-and-dance man took home the lion's share of the awards, with Mars winning best album, record, and song, giving insight into a membership that is changing, but certainly still holds some traditional musical values.

There were numerous nods to the East Coast location of New York City at this year's ceremony.

"They are my teachers, my foundation; this album wouldn't exist without them", said Mars, who expressed hope his album would inspire feelings of love and joy in his listeners.

Would the 60th annual Grammys, which aired live on CBS last night, provide a platform for the music industry's #MeToo moment?

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