Huge night for Bruno Mars at the Grammy Awards; find out who else won at music’s premier awards show

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Bruno Mars, winner of the Record of the Year award for '24K Magic,' Album Of The Year award for '24K Magic,' Song of the Year award for 'That's What I Like,' Best R&B Performance award for 'That's What I Like,' and Best R&B Album album for '24K Magic,' poses in the press room during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NARAS)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music’s showcase event — until Bruno Mars crashed the party.

The song-and-dance man from Hawaii (and who celebrated an “album release” at an Indy Waffle House) won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the three most prestigious Grammys for song (“That’s What I Like”), record (“24K Magic”) and album of the year. His music also dominated the rhythm and blues categories.

The Grammys on Sunday also saw Kendrick Lamar win five awards, Jay-Z go home empty-handed, some memorable performances by the likes of Lamar, Kesha, Mars and Logic, an odd oversight of singer Lorde and a surprise cameo from Hillary Clinton.

In accepting a trophy for the album “24K Magic,” Mars recalled when he was 15 years old and singing shows for tourists. He’d perform hits written by Babyface, Teddy Riley and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and loved looking down from the stage to see people from all over the world who had never met dancing together and toasting one another.

“All I ever wanted to do with this album was that,” he said. “These songs were written with nothing but joy.”

Mars has won 11 Grammys in his career.

His success, however, instantly became a target for second-guessers, similar to people befuddled last year when Adele won album of the year over Beyonce. Social media filled with commentary about whether Lamar’s hard-hitting disc “DAMN” was more deserving. One meme that spread on Twitter showed Houston Rocket James Harden rolling his eyes in supposed “reaction” to the news.

Beyond being a critical favorite, Lamar seemed primed to be the evening’s star. He opened the Grammys with a hard-hitting medley that depicted black dancers falling to the floor to symbolize being shot, and won the night’s first televised award. His work swept the rap categories, the prime factor in the night’s most-nominated artist, Jay-Z, winning nothing.

Lamar paid tribute to Jay-Z (“Jay-Z for president,” he said with a smile) and other forebears in accepting a Grammy.

“I thought it was about the accolades and the cars and the clothes,” he said. “But it really is about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener, the next generation after that. Hip-hop has done that for me.”

Clinton’s appearance was the punch line for a skit where host James Corden pretended to cast celebrities for what he thought would be a sure-fire Grammy contender for spoken world performance next year, reading from Michael Wolff’s best-seller about the Trump admininistration, “Fire and Fury.” Cher, John Legend and Snoop Dogg left him frustrated, but then Clinton lowered a copy of the opened book in front of her face to reveal herself.

The attempt at humor wasn’t a hit with everyone: President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted that the skit ruined the show for her.

Most of the show’s political references — to topics like gun violence, immigration reform and women’s rights — were carefully scripted.

Kesha was joined by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and others in a performance of her Grammy-nominated song “Praying,” which is about fighting back from abuse. Singer Janelle Monae introduced Kesha and tied the appearance to the current flood of women speaking up about sexual misconduct. Dozens of artists and music industry players also sported white roses in support of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements against sexual abuse and harassment.

“We come in peace but we mean business. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: Time’s Up,” Monae said. “It’s not just going on in Hollywood. It’s not just going on in Washington. It’s here in our industry, too.”

The show also featured a somber performance of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” by country artists Maren, Eric Church and the Osborne Brothers. All were on the bill for the Las Vegas show in October that was torn apart by a mass shooter.

Social media was curious about the seeming snub of album of the year nominee Lorde. She wasn’t among the night’s performers, even as classic rockers Sting and U2 made multiple appearances.

“It’s hard to have a balanced show and have everybody involved,” producer Ken Ehrlich said backstage. “Every year’s different. We can’t have a performance from every nominee.”

The Grammys were also a clear example of rock ‘n’ roll’s decline as a creative force. No rock awards were given during the televised portion of the Grammys. Sting sang a 30-year-old hit and the majority of rock’s references were about artists who had died like Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Tom Petty.

The Rolling Stones, once judged rock’s kingpins, won the third Grammy of their career — for best traditional blues recording.

Alessia Cara won the Grammy for best new artist, and remembered the time when she would “win” Grammys in her dreams while singing in the shower.

Chris Stapleton won three Grammys in country categories. Other multiple winners included Ed Sheeran, CeCe Winans, Justin Hurwitz and Jason Isbell.

The late Leonard Cohen won a Grammy for his performance of “You Want it Darker.” Actress Carrie Fisher and sound engineer Tom Coyne were other posthumous winners.

As it has in recent years, the Grammys downplayed the awards for performances by the industry’s biggest stars. Highlights included Mars and Cardi B dueting on “Finesse”; Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller on “Wild Thoughts”; and Patti Lupone’s Broadway classic “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”

Here’s the list of winners:

Album of the year
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Record of the year
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Song of the year
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Country album
“From a Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton

New artist
Alessia Cara

Comedy album
“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle

Rap album
“DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar

New artist
Alessia Cara

Rap/sung performance
“Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Pop solo performance
“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

Pop vocal album
“÷,” Ed Sheeran

Traditional pop vocal album
“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists

Pop duo/group performance
“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

Country song
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

Country solo performance
“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance
“Better Man,” Little Big Town

Rap song
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Rap performance (single or track)
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

R&B album
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album
“Starboy,” The Weeknd

R&B song
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Traditional R&B performance
“Redbone,” Childish Gambino

R&B performance
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Alternative music album
“Sleep Well Beast,” The National

Rock album
“A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs

Rock song
“Run,” Foo Fighters

Metal performance
“Sultan’s Curse,” Mastodon

Rock performance (single or track)
“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen

American roots song
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

American roots performance
“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes

Contemporary Christian album
“Chain Breaker,” Zach Williams

Gospel album
“Let Them Fall in Love,” CeCe Winans

Jazz instrumental album
“Rebirth,” Billy Childs

New age album
“Dancing on Water,” Peter Kater

Song written for visual media
“How Far I’ll Go (Moana),” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Score soundtrack for visual media
“La La Land”

Compilation soundtrack for visual media
“La La Land”

Musical theater album
“Dear Evan Hansen”

Spoken word album
“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher

Latin pop album
“El Dorado,” Shakira

Music film
“The Defiant Ones,” various artists

Music video
“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Contemporary instrumental album
“Prototype,” Jeff Lorber Fusion

Dance/electronic album
“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk

Dance recording
“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem