Kendrick Lamar opens Grammy's with powerful performance

Puerto Rican Singer Luis Fonsi performs his song
Grammys 2018 Recap

29 January, 2018

Kendrick took home the award for Best Rap Album for his latest record, DAMN, which featured the smash hit, "HUMBLE".

Mr. Mars won all six of the awards he was nominated for, including the top prizes of album, record and song of the year.

But Jay-Z started the night in the lead with eight nominations as he basked in acclaim for "4:44", an introspective album in which he admits infidelity to his wife Beyonce and explores institutional racism.

Before the night's telecast began, Kendrick already won his first Grammy of the night for Best Music Video with "Humble". He was joined Sunday by U2's Bono and The Edge, and also Dave Chappelle - who spoke during breaks in Lamar's performance.

The Rolling Stones picked up the third Grammy of their career - for best traditional blues album for "Blue & Lonesome", while Ed Sheeran won best pop vocal album. Lamar last performed at the Grammys in 2016, where he appeared in a prisoner uniform and chains, then rapped in front of a towering bonfire for To Pimp a Butterfly cuts "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright".

Kendrick Lamar has scooped an early Grammy award in his race against hip-hop veteran Jay-Z. It also suggests the dance-happy, 1980s-styled funk and pop-soul on Mars' victorious "24K Magic" album was more palatable to Grammy voters than the far more volatile and politically charged songs of Lamar and Jay-Z. - Best R&B album: "24K Magic", Bruno Mars. Less expected was a win for Philadelphia band The War On Drugs for "A Deeper Understanding", released in August 2017. The surprise was, however, that Justin Bieber, who helped raise the song's popularity by lending his vocals in the remix, did not perform with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

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- Song of the year (songwriter's award): 'That's What I Like'.

Alongside Cardi B, Mars performed the song Finesse on music's biggest stage, bringing the crowd to their feet.

Janelle Monae may have provided one of the most memorable speeches as she took time to call out the Time's Up and #MeToo movements (which are working to end sexual harassment, sexual abuse and inequality in the workplace) during her introduction for Kesha's emotional performance of "Praying." Singers Halsey and Dua Lipa, as well as Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody, were some of the first to say they would wear white roses.

Before the performance, Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed an emotional rendition of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" - written after his son died - in honour of the 58 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas previous year.

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

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