If you noticed a brief pause in Bruno Mars' and Cardi B's performance of "Finesse" at the 2018 Gammy Awards Sunday night, it's because some of the lyrics were too raunchy for network TV. Sharing the honor with Mars were songwriters Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.
After winning song of the year for "That's What I Like", Mars won the record of the year Grammy for "24K Magic".
But of course, it wouldn't be "music's biggest night" without fans criticizing the Recording Academy for snubbing artists who were also deserving of those awards.
The 21-year-old singer made a pitch for the unsung musicians.
"You guys are the reason I'm in the studio pulling my hair out", Mars said to his competitors in the audience when accepting the award for album of the year.
Kendrick's recent recognition marks just another achieved milestone in his career after first gaining widespread fame with his album, "good kid, m.A.A.d city".
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Jay-Z is yet to triumph ahead of the main event at Madison Square Garden despite leading the way for nominations, with eight. DAMN. took best rap album and HUMBLE. took best rap song, as well as best rap performance.
The number then transformed into a frenetic, gongfu-inspired routine in which his troupe fell to the ground as if hit by bullets.
Alessia Cara, who rose from making YouTube videos in her bedroom to becoming a socially conscious pop singer, won the closely watched award of Best New Artist.
The first award of the televised portion of the Grammys, best rap/sung performance, went to Lamar and Rihanna for their single "Loyalty". It's not that people didn't think victor Alessia Cara was deserving; they just thought she deserved to win in 2016.
While the unspoken theme at last year's Grammys was timidly political, the elephant in the room this year dissolved early in the night into the form of dainty white roses as many on the Grammys red carpet - Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Lana Del Ray and more - wore flowers with their Grammy ensembles to show solidarity and compassion for victims of sexual harassment and the #TimesUp movement. The charges were later dropped, but Kesha's song was an obvious reference to her battle, and she was joined by about a dozen other women singers backing her up.
A clutch of female vocalists including Cyndi Lauper offered her both symbolic and literal support, with Kesha embracing the group in a bear-hug as she finished. Janelle Monae introduced the performance with strong words. "And to those who would dare try to silence us, we say, 'Time's up.'".