BRUNO MARS took home top honours at the 60th annual GRAMMYAwards. The Hawaiian-born Singer/Songwriter for his Tracks 24K Magic, That’s What I Like and Album 24K Magic, won Album of the Year,Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album.
Mars says, pleading not to be cut-off during his speech in which he recalls performing at the age of 15, “Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley wrote many of the songs I’d be singing. I remember people who’d never met each from two sides of the globe all would be dancing and all I wanted to do with this Album was to see everybody dancing and everybody moving. I’d like to dedicate this award to my heroes, these teachers who laid down the foundation.”.
See his performance with CardiB on the Remix to Finesse:
Taking place in New York City this year, the GRAMMYs took place at Madison Square Garden after having been in Los Angeles for the past 14 years. Funnyman James Corden filled hosting duties and his parents Malcolm and Margaret even came out again to support him, joking they snuck-out to see Hamilton while the show was going on! New York native and 14-time Grammy Winner Alicia Keys stated upon presenting Record of the Year to Bruno Mars, “I love it better when the GRAMMYS are in New York”, drawing applause from the crowd.
Other big winners from the evening included Bruno Mars‘ labelmate Ed Sheeran who won Best Pop Solo Performance for smash hit Shape of You and also Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷.
GRAMMY Darling Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Music Video for HUMBLE. and his Rihanna Collaboration LOYALTY. won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. His Disc DAMN. won Best Rap Album.
Canada saw The Weeknd win for Best Contemporary R&B Album with his top-selling Starboy Disc, while national icon Leonard Cohen post-humously won for Best Rock Performance with You Want it Darker. Our Alessia Cara won coveted Best New Artist and while her version of How Far I’ll Go didn’t win for Best Song for Visual Media, the Moana Theme sung by Auli’i Cravalho would go on to win.
Lady Gaga was on early with a fantastic acoustic Medley of A Million Reasons and Joanne:
Kesha would make a return to the GRAMMYs after a few years away delivering her nominated Praying with the help of Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and more:
While it was announced recently that Elton John soon will retire following his upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, Miley Cyrus would join him on-stage for a rendition of Tiny Dancer:
After feuding for many years after a fallout in the ’90s, Broadway legend Patti Lupone would take the stage to perform Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from EVITA for Composer Andrew Lloyd Weber, who was being honoured this evening for his achievements. Lupone performed the same song at the 1981 GRAMMYs. See the performance:
We’re liking the new stuff we’re hearing from Kesha and just released is this new track from the Pop Star on the comeback titled WOMAN. It features horns from famed The Dap Kings. We love that she’s still angsty, but this is definitely steps ahead in maturity.
In case you missed her powerful anthem PRAYING, here it is below:
Kesha‘s third LP RAINBOW drops Friday, August 11, 2017 via Sony Music.
Held at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, the American Music Awards brought-out the biggest names in Music! And when we say big, we mean huge! The likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons and several, several more. Pitbull had the distinction of hosting the Awards this year. Created in 1973 by Dick Clark, the Awards give Music Lovers and the general Public a chance the decide who wins.
Taylor Swift was the night’s big Winner, winning her 14th AMA tonight including the coveted Artist of the Year Award, her third time winning the Title. Earlier in the evening, she won Favourite Album, Country and Favourite Female Artist, Country.
Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly wowed audiences with a Marilyn Monroe and JFK-inspired rendition of Do What U Want, while Miley Cyrus had the Audience oddly-mesmerized with her Wrecking Ball Performance with a Space Kitten and Lasers projected behind her. On the verge of a Comeback, TLC had Lil Mama join them onstage for a delivery of their Hit Waterfalls. Is this perhaps a sign of things to come? She certainly fits the voided “L” in TLC.
Much of the Talent looked highly presentable, opting for flattering cuts and proper coverage. The Winners on the Carpet included Miley Cyrus who wore a sophisticated white Versus Versace Pantsuit, Katy Perry who looked cute in an Oscar de la Renta Dress with polka dots and roses – veering more and more towards the demure of late, while Swift looked super-cute in a sparkly and leggy gold Julien MacDonald Mini-Dress. A golden-tanned Nicole Richie was stunning in a hip-revealing, white Emilio Pucci Dress, while Lady Gaga was the clear winner in a violet Versace number, arriving on a white costume horse, navigated by scantily clad men.
At the young age of 25, Rihanna had the distinction of winning the first-ever AMA Icon Award, presented to her by her Mother, Monica. The Mother told her celebrated Daughter, “Tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong, so positive, so humble and so focussed. I mean it’s amazing how you manage to take good from all your experiences.”.
Below are this year’s Winners:
Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B Rihanna
Favorite Album, Country Taylor Swift/Red
Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/The Heist
Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist, Latin Marc Anthony
Favorite Album, Pop/Rock One Direction/Take Me Home
New Artist of the Year Ariana Grande
Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B Justin Timberlake
Single of the Year Cruise by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly
Artist of the Year Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop/Rock One Direction
Favorite Male Artist, Country Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Artist, Country Taylor Swift
Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Album, Soul/R&B Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music Avicii
See some of the best Performances from the Evening:
A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera – Say Something
Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly – Do What U Want
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Rihanna – Diamonds
Katy Perry – Unconditionally
TLC ft. Lil Mama – Waterfalls
Visit the official American Music Awards Website here.
The Grammy Awards are set to take place Sunday, February 9, 2014.
$he’s back. Princess of $leazy, Ke$ha, has unleashed a super-fun new Single Die Young a day early today. The Track, written by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Nate Ruess (Fun.) and Cirkut is certainly fresh, and just what we’d expect – and that’s a good thing. The Track will be on her upcoming Disc, Warrior, to be released in-time for Christmas on December 4, 2012 via Sony Music.