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Bruno Mars' '24K Magic' wins Record of Year Grammy

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Stacy Diaz | 30 January, 2018, 00:14

His victory robbed Kendrick Lamar's more urgent, political album of the night's main prizes - but the Compton-born star still took home five trophies, including best rap album, best rap song and best rap performance.

A list of winners in the top categories at the Grammy Awards, announced Sunday by The Recording Academy. Earlier in the ceremony, country singers Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed a moving rendition of Eric Clapton's Grammy winning "Tears in Heaven" as a tribute to the victims of a mass shooting at a music fest in Las Vegas previous year.

Little Big Town, who beautifully sang their Taylor Swift-penned No. 1 hit "Better Man", won best country duo/group performance with the song.

Winning his fifth award of the night, Mars addressed his father from the podium: "Look at me, Pop, look at me!"

Awards were given posthumously to Leonard Cohen and Carrie Fisher, who won for best spoken word album with a reading of her memoir.

Alessia Cara won for best new artist.

With the focus on performances over awards evident from the onset of the James Corden-hosted show - although there were a whopping 83 gongs to be handed out - there were many a tiresome moments.

Kendrick's performance started with an American flag waving in the backdrop as dancers portraying soldiers marched on stage.

His five awards included Best Rap Album for "DAMN.", a turn to a classic hip-hop sound. Mars and his team beat out Redbone by Childish Gambino, Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, The Story Of O.J. by Jay-Z and HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar. A sketch in which artists tried to read excerpts of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff's behind-the-scenes drama of the Trump administration, was capped off by none other than Hillary Clinton.

Neo-funk music got a big thumbs up at Sunday's 60th Grammy Awards. More "diverse" in nominations than ever before, the 60th Grammy Awards were diverse in terms of letdowns as well.

Lamar and U2's Bono and the Edge opened the ceremony, in New York City's Madison Square Garden, with a "thrilling", politically charged medley that won a standing ovation, says Rolling Stone magazine.

The 21-year-old singer made a pitch for the unsung musicians. The Shape of you song was also best pop Vocal performance of year.