Grammys: Bruno Mars stars; ratings dip

Kendrick Lamar won five nudging out Jay-Z

Bruno Mars poses in the press room with his awards for best R&B album, record of the year, album of the year, best engineered album, non-classical, for "24K Magic", and song of the year, best R&B performance and best R&B song, for "That's What I Like" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in NY. While performing with Elton John at the Grammys, Miley Cyrus probably looked the best she's ever looked in a gown fit for Sleeping Beauty.

Mars previously won Record of the Year two years ago as the featured artist on Mark Ronson's equally giddy "Uptown Funk".

He beat out the global sensation "Despacito" as well as songs by rappers Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino.

Mars won all of the awards for which he was in the running on what was expected to be a major night for hip-hop, which for the first time dominated nominations for the major categories.

Jaden Smith didn't do himself any favors and Ice-T's better half, big booty model "pioneer" Coco Austin had on an outfit better suited for an intimate night with hubby instead of an award show. But hip-hop was snubbed in all four of the big "general field" categories, where acts/songs from different genres compete against each other.

Album of the Year: Lots of people confuse this category with Record of the Year, because we like to use the words "record" and "album" interchangeably.

Actor James Corden attends the World Premiere of The Emoji Movie at the Regency Village Theater, on July 23, 2017, in Westwood, California.

And the blues Grammy, which can bring much needed attention to artists toiling on the blues circuit, went to a band that sorely needs the recognition - The Rolling Stones. His banter was boring.

James Corden arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in NY. The show itself began with Lamar giving a politically charged performance - a "satire" as he called - in front of an American flag and with men dressed in military uniform.

Lamar opened the televised gala with a frenetic show, spitting out his verses as he was joined by U2 frontman Bono amid a sea of kung fu dancers who later fell to the ground as if struck by bullets.

"That's the dance, you know?" he said.

The event was held for the first time in 15 years in Madison Square Garden, New York recorded its lowest rating among its target demographic. And the night's leading nominee was one of the Big Apple's signature celebs - Jay-Z.

But the night's top performer was Kesha, who was passionate and striking onstage with the help of powerful women behind her, including the Resistance Revival Chorus, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha.

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