Then it was time for STING to present SONG OF THE YEAR, won by BRUNO MARS and THE STEREOTYPES for "That's What I Like", a category KENDRICK LAMAR wasn't nominated for, so he's still on tap for seven. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: "Time's Up", Monae said.
He had opened the show with a raucous medley of songs including XXX. and DNA. featuring a performance from U2 and comedian Dave Chappelle. Behind an American flag and dancing, stomping paratroopers, Lamar thundered through the wise, wild rhymes that made his LP "Damn" a monster.
Handwritten notes bearing the names of the dead were projected on the stage as country music stars Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven.
Logic ended the performance with a freestyle rap supporting the black community, women and immigrants.
Lamar wore a white rose in a sign of solidarity with the anti-sexual harassment movement to accept the first televised award of the night which he said "really belongs to her" in reference to Rihanna.
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After winning song of the year for "That's What I Like", Mars won the record of the year Grammy for "24K Magic".
Alessia Cara won best new artist - making her the only female artist to win a major prize.
Best traditional pop vocal album: "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90", various artists.
But the night's top performer was Kesha, who gave a passionate performance with the help of powerful women behind her, including the Resistance Revival Chorus.
The late Carrie Fisher was also an early victor.
Lamar lost out on album of the year, but he cleaned up in the rap.hip-hop categories.
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"That's What I Like" is the first time that Mars, himself a frequent songwriter for other artists, has won the award after three previous nominations.
In the rock categories, The War On Drugs and The National were the big winners.
The National won best alternative album for Sleep Well Beast.
Puppies were passed to the losers of best comedy album, including Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan.
Kendrick Lamar, center, performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in NY.
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Puppies were passed to the losers of best comedy album , including Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan. Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners Sunday night at the 60th Grammy Awards in New York City.