This year’s Grammy Awards was full of highs and lows and a couple artists racked up while others were arguably snubbed.
Almost as important as who won is who didn’t win. Namely, Jay-Z. The mogul was nominated for eight awards for 4:44 but went home empty handed. Childish Gambino went in to the night with five nominations for Awaken, My Love! and his song, “Redbone”, but brought home only one win tonight for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
The other major snub was much more broad. There was very little Grammy love for the ladies, with few women making it into the winner’s circle, despite it being the “Year of The Woman” in so many other arenas.
Alessia Cara brought home the Grammy for Best New Artist and while we’re fans of the singer, we were rooting for SZA. Her innovative approach to R&B and raw, relevant lyrics should have earned her a win.
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars nabbed several trophies each.
Kendrick accepted the first televised award of the night with Rihanna by his side when their hit, “Loyalty,” won the Grammy for Best R&B/Rap Song Performance.
“She came through and gassed me on that record,” he said. “This really belongs to her.”
When he returned to the stage to collect his Grammy for Best Rap Album for Damn, even Kendrick seemed a bit stunned that he beat out Hov.
“This trophy is dedicated to hip hop…Real talk. That’s love,” before he declared, “Jay-Z for President.”
“HUMBLE” won Best Music Video, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance.
Bruno Mars collected six statues on Sunday night with “That’s What I Like” winning him Song of The Year, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Performance and 24K Magic scoring him Best R&B Album, Album of The Year and Record of The Year.
Check out the list of winners:
Album of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars)
Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle
Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans
Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans
Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd
Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars