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The 2018 Grammy Awards Are a Night to Remember

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Bruno Mars dominated the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Bruno Mars dominated the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Bruno Mars dominated the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Austin Carmichael, Staff Writer

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This year’s Grammy Awards were an interesting take on the past year in music. Bruno Mars took home all six awards he was nominated for, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, and performances by Kesha, Logic, and Luis Fonsi stood out among the many songs played throughout the night.

The show began with Lamar performing a politically-charged medley of songs from his latest album along with Bono, The Edge, and Dave Chappelle. Soon after, Lady Gaga took to the stage to perform the title track and “Million Reasons” from her album “Joanne.” Sam Smith performed his relatively unknown song “Pray,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee took over the stage with their rendition of “Despacito,” and Sting and Shaggy later sang a duet of “Englishman in New York.”

Alessia Cara took home the award for Best New Artist this year. “Loyalty” by Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap/Sung Performance and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran won Best Pop Solo Performance as well. Best Rap Album was awarded to Kendrick Lamar for his latest album, “Damn.” and Chris Stapleton’s “From a Room: Volume 1” won the award for Best Country Album. Mars’ “24K Magic” won both Album of the Year and Record of the Year, while “That’s What I Like,” a song from the album, won Song of the Year.

Mars and rapper Cardi B performed “Finesse”, a song from “24K Magic.” Little Big Town played the Taylor Swift-penned ballad “Better Man,” and afterwards, “Maybelline” and “Ain’t That a Shame” were performed in tribute to deceased musicians Chuck Berry and Fats Domino by Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr., and Joe Saylor.

Highlights of the night included U2 playing “Get Out of Your Own Way” in front of the Statue of Liberty, Kesha’s emotional performance of “Praying” with a whole chorus of artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, and more, Elton John and Miley Cyrus’ rendition of “Tiny Dancer,” and the show-closer performance of “1-800-273-8255” by Logic, Cara, and Khalid.

Some argue that this year’s Grammys were not nearly as good as they were in the past; Jay-Z, who had the most nominations of any artist, did not win a single award. Mars won all the top tier awards despite only having two hit singles in the past year, and Lorde, who was nominated for Album of the Year, did not perform. No matter what, however, the 2018 Grammys were an accurate and entertaining way to end the year in music.

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