Watch Kendrick Lamar Open the 2018 Grammys With U2 and Dave Chappelle

Wendy Jensen
January 29, 2018

The 2018 awards marks the first time in 15 years that the Grammys have been held in NY and there was plenty of star power packed into Madison Square Garden.

Additionally, right before getting off the stage he said to the audience, "Jay-Z for President", - clearly a jab at President Donald Trump. All were worthy of the award, but as he so often does, K. Dot ultimately prevailed.

Sting's performance was somewhat political as he sang his 1987 song, "Englishman in NY", which includes the lyrics, "Oh, I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien, I'm an Englishman in NY".

"This is special man". They previously won an album of the year Grammy for Some Girls in 1978.

Lamar's victories came at the expense of veteran Jay-Z and his soul-baring album "4:44".

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- Best pop duo/group performance: "Feel It Still", Portugal. Lamar last performed at the Grammys in 2016, where he appeared in a prisoner uniform and chains, then rapped in front of a towering bonfire for To Pimp a Butterfly cuts "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright".

- Best rock album: 'A Deeper Understanding, ' The War on Drugs.

She was so excited to be nominated (twice) for her first grammy - Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for her triple platinum hit, "Bodak Yellow" - that she told E! - Best R&B album: "24K Magic", Bruno Mars.

Lamar won in the music video category for his track HUMBLE., beating Jay-Z's The Story Of O.J. during the pre-televised ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Kendrick Lamar was the night's second biggest victor, picking up five Grammys, starting with his first of the night for Best Music Video for "Humble", which also won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

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The viral dance hit that has broken the record for views on YouTube is in the running for both Record of the Year, which recognizes best tune, and Song of the Year, which awards songwriters. The song is also noteworthy for featuring U2.

Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne, who were performers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas where a gunman opened fire on fans, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more, will honor victims killed at live music events this past year onstage. 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.

"He deserved best rap album", Macklemore wrote in the caption accompanying a picture of his text.

- Best urban contemporary album: "Starboy", The Weeknd. Double winners included Jason Isbell, Justin Hurwitz and CeCe Winans.

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