January 29, 2018 at 8:24 am PST | by Mariah Cooper
Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars wins big, Hillary Clinton shades Trump

Bruno Mars (Image courtesy of YouTube)

The Grammy Awards celebrated 60 years of recognizing the best in music with Bruno Mars making a grand sweep at the ceremony with seven awards including Album of the Year (“24k Magic”), Record of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”).

Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a mashup of “XXX,” “DNA,” “New Freezer” and “King’s Dead” which featured hooded soldiers marching in front of the American flag. Text across the background screen labeled the performance as “satire” with comedian Dave Chappelle, who won for Best Comedy Album, popping in and out with jokes like “Is this OK … with CBS?” Bono and The Edge also made a brief appearance during the performance which ended with the hooded figures dropping to the ground to the sound of gunshots.

Lady Gaga honored her late aunt, who her latest album “Joanne” is dedicated to, with a rendition of “Million Reasons” played on a piano with wings draped across the front.

Kesha brought the “Time’s Up” message to the forefront of the music industry with a performance of her emotional single “Praying.” She was joined by Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello and Bebe Rexha who engulfed the pop star in a hug as she got teary-eyed at the end of the song. Numerous attendees were also wearing white roses in support of the “Time’s Up” movement.

Sam Smith, who brought his boyfriend Brandon Flynn to the show, also performed his latest single “Pray” donning a long white jacket and backed by a choir.

An unexpected appearance led to one of the most viral moments of the night. Host James Corden had celebrities audition to read from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” John Legend, Cher, Cardi B and DJ Khaled all gave it their best effort but Hillary Clinton’s appearance received overwhelming cheers from the crowd.

“He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made,” Clinton reads.

Chris Stapleton also was country’s biggest star at the ceremony with wins for Best Country Album (“From A Room: Volume 1”), Best Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”) and Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”).

Other notable performances included Ben Platt and Patti Lupone who honored Broadway legends. Platt performed “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story ” and Lupone gave a dramatic performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita.” Elton John also made his first appearance since announcing his retirement with a duet of “Tiny Dancer” with Miley Cyrus

For a complete list of winners, visit here.

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