BRUNO Mars has beaten Kendrick Lamar to the top Grammy Award, leaving Jay-Z totally empty-handed at the ceremony where his wife Queen Bey stunned onlookers.

Mars stunned the crowd with his performance with Cardi B and won Album of the year, Record of the year, Song of the year, best R & B album, best R & B performance and best R & B song in New York City.

Earlier, Lamar won Best Rap Album from one of his idols, Jay-Z.

Confirming his dominance of this year's awards, Lamar won Best Rap Album from one of his idols, Jay-Z.

Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for 24K Magic at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York.
Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for 24K Magic at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. Matt Sayles/AP

He paid tribute to the music mogul and referenced the Twitter stoush which erupted with President Donald Trump after Jay-Z called the American leader a "superbug" for his recent comments describing African countries as "s...holes".

"Jay for President," Lamar said with a grin as he closed his acceptance speech.

Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy snuck into the Madison Square Garden ceremony halfway through to take up their front row seats next to man-of-the-moment Jay-Z.

Sporting a dramatic satellite dish-style hat and an equally statement-making gown with a modesty-protecting panel draped between her legs, Queen Bey kept it cool behind dark shades.

Fans were quick to notice she wore two rings sporting large rocks on her left hand but neither was on her ring finger.

The rings were almost eclipsed by sparkling chandelier earrings which stretched beyond her shoulders.

While mum and dad did the classic all-black awards costume, Blue rocked up in a bright white trench dress.

When Camila Cabello was onstage, Blue Ivy clearly was not a fan and viewers caught her reaction which was posted to social media.

Earlier Bruno Mars stunned the crowd with his performance with Cardi B and won Song of the year, best R & B album, best R & B performance and best R & B song in the pre-telecast in New York City.

Lamar picked up best rap album, best rap performance and best music video. He also opened the awards show with U2 and Dave Chappelle.

Australian nominees didn't fare as well with Sia's Never Give Up from the Lion soundtrack missing out to Broadway king Lin Manuel Miranda who won for his Moana theme How Far I'll Go.

Sydney duo Mansionair, who collaborated on the Odesza's Line Of Sight, were trumped by LCD Soundsytem, who last week cancelled their scheduled February tour of Australia.

And Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were also left empty handed, missing out on the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.

Posthumous Grammys were also handed out to actress Carrie Fisher, singer Leonard Cohen and engineer Tom Coyne, who worked on Mars' 24K Magic album.

The Rolling Stones picked up the third Grammy of their career - for best traditional blues album for Blue & Lonesome.

Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Sting and U2 are all performing.



No stranger to sharing a Grammys stage with respected younger peers including Eminem and Ed Sheeran in the past two decades, Sir Elton John was clearly enamoured with his special guest on Tiny Dancer.

Wearing an old Hollywood-style burgundy gown, Miley Cyrus joined him for the second verse of the much-loved song with John unable to hide a beaming smile at the talented vocalist.


Recording artists Sir Elton John and Miley Cyrus perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Recording artists Sir Elton John and Miley Cyrus perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards



Kesha had the audience in tears with the emotionally powerful performance of her comeback hit Praying.

Backed by a choir and flanked by Rihanna, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello and Julia Michael, all wearing white, the vulnerable singer was embraced in a group hug when she finished the performance, undoubtedly one of the Grammys most compelling moments.

She was introduced by the forthright and defiant Janelle Monae who brought #TimesUp to the fore of the 2018 awards.

Kesha performs
Kesha performs "Praying" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards

Her speech was supported by P!nk, who applauded the singer with her daughter Willow also clapping with her mum when Monae stated "We come in peace but we mean business."

"We say Times Up for pay inequality, times' up for discrimination, time's up for harassment, and time's up for the abuse of power. Because you see it's not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it's right here as well," Monae said.

Kesha remains in an ongoing legal battle with her former producer Dr Luke after fighting for the past few years to extricate herself from his label amid allegations he caused her "emotional distress" during their working relationship.

Praying was influenced by her experiences of alleged sexual harassment and abuse.



Old school showman Bruno Mars has now got four gongs. He and breakout rap star Cardi B combined for one of the most electric and colourful performances of the 2018 ceremony.

Think an explosion of Wiggles meets Willy Wonka brightness with a Michael Jackson worthy Moonwalk.

Their Finesse set was big on choreography with Mars leaving much of the vocal heavy lifting to his bandmates while he busted moves worthy of the Jackson 5 in their heyday.

Meanwhile, Cardi B who was the rapper on everyone's best-of lists with her Bodak Yellow hit last year, proved a live powerhouse on the mic with her rapid fire delivery.

Ahead of her scene-stealing moment on stage, Cardi B won quote of the night on the red carpet.

Responding to host Guiliana Rancic about how she was feeling, the unfiltered rapper said: "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling nervous, overwhelmed-everything!

"Butterflies in my stomach and vagina!"

Bruno Mars and Cardi B perform
Bruno Mars and Cardi B perform "Finesse" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards


P!nk swapped her multi-coloured feathered gown for a white T-shirt and jeans for her emotionally-charged performance of her power pop ballad Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.

Pink performs
Pink performs "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards

The singer and her gorgeous daughter Willow both rocked the red carpet with white roses to show their solidarity for the #TimesUp movement.

P!nk won millions of hearts last year when she dedicated her Video Vanguard speech to her daughter and promoting positive body image and self-esteem.



Ed Sheeran added Best Pop Solo Performance to his Grammys account with Shape Of You winning Best Pop Solo Performance from his four female co-nominees Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, P!nk and Lady Gaga.

Sheeran isn't at the awards and was believed to have been disappointed when his Divide record didn't make the Album of the Year cut.

He did pick up Best Pop Vocal Album earlier in the night.


The winner of the first of the televised awards in the performance-heavy main ceremony was Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna for Loyalty.

The pair of pop culture heavyweights shared a mutual admiration society on stage with Humble chart-topper Lamar paying tribute to her vocal performance.

"She came through and gassed me on that record; she gassed me on my own song. This record belongs to her," he said.

One of the most prolific vocal guests in pop history was equally admiring of the respected rapper who collected three Grammys before the telecast.

"Thank you Kendrick for giving me such a great opportunity to be on this record. I am honoured to do this with you," she said.



Lady Gaga's angel-wigged piano rivalled her own voluminous pink gown with Royal wedding-worthy train for her performance of songs from her Joanne album with producer Mark Ronson.

While she has built a reputation for outrageous awards performances, her 2018 Grammys star turn focused on her musicianship and vocal powers on Million Reasons.

Gaga struck the first #metoo note at the Grammys, saying "Time's Up" as she segued from the track Joanne into Million Reasons.

A large number of nominees and performers sported white roses on the red carpet in support of the Time's Up campaign, following the lead of the acting community at recent award ceremonies.



Lady Gaga performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden
Lady Gaga performs at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden




Album of the year

Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!

Jay-Z, 4:44

Kendrick Lamar, Damn.

Lorde, Melodrama

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic - WINNER


Record of the year (for performers)

Childish Gambino, Redbone

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, Despacito

Jay-Z, The Story of O.J.

Kendrick Lamar, Humble.

Bruno Mars, 24K Magic - WINNER



Song of the year (for writers)

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, Despacito

Jay-Z, 4:44

Julia Michaels, Issues

Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid, 1-800-273-8255

Bruno Mars, That's What I Like - WINNER



Best new artist

Alessia Cara - WINNER


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels




Pop solo performance

Kelly Clarkson, Love So Soft

Kesha, Praying

Lady Gaga, Million Reasons

Pink, What About Us

Ed Sheeran, Shape of You - WINNER



Country album

Kenny Chesney, Cosmic Hallelujah

Lady Antebellum, Heart Break

Little Big Town, The Breaker

Thomas Rhett, Life Changes

Chris Stapleton, From a Room, Volume 1 - WINNER



Rap album

Jay-Z, 4:44

Kendrick Lamar, Damn - WINNER

Migos, Culture

Rapsody, Laila's Wisdom

Tyler the Creator, Flower Boy



Rap/sung collaboration

6 Lack, Prblms

Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy, Crew

Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé, Family Feud

Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna, Loyalty - WINNER

SZA feat. Travis Scott, Love Galore



Comedy album

Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas - WINNER

Jim Gaffigan, Cinco

Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Before Seinfeld -

Sarah Silverman, A Speck of Dust

Kevin Hart, What Now?





Pop vocal album

WINNER: Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)


Rap song

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, Humble.


Rap performance (single or track)

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, Humble.


R & B album

WINNER: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic


Urban contemporary album

WINNER: The Weeknd, Starboy


R & B song

WINNER: Bruno Mars, That's What I Like


Traditional R & B performance

WINNER: Childish Gambino, Redbone


R & B performance

WINNER: Bruno Mars, That's What I Like


Best contemporary Christian music performance/song

WINNER: What A Beautiful Name, Australia's Hillsong Worship


Traditional pop vocal album

WINNER: Various artists, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90


Pop duo/group performance

WINNER: Portugal. The Man, Feel It Still


Music video

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, Humble.


Alternative music album

WINNER: The National, Sleep Well Beast


Rock album

WINNER: The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding


Rock song

WINNER: Foo Fighters, Run


Metal performance

WINNER: Mastodon, Sultan's Curse


Rock performance (single or track)

WINNER: Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker


Country song

WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Broken Halos


Country solo performance

WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Either Way


Country duo/group performance

WINNER: Little Big Town, Better Man


Score soundtrack for visual media

WINNER: La La Land


Compilation soundtrack for visual media

WINNER: La La Land