The big question leading into Sunday night’sGrammy Awards: will hip-hop finally get its long overdue recognition with an Album of the Year win? Not quite, though R&B had an exceptionally strong showing on Sunday night.
Bruno Mars won Album and Record of the Year for “24K Magic” and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.” Mars also picked up Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like.” “24K Magic” was awarded Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) as well.
During the pre-telecast, Kendrick Lamar picked up his first Grammy of the night for Best Music Video for “Humble,” which also won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Soon after, he won during the telecast for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna. “She gassed me on my own song,” said Lamar. “This really belongs to her.” Added Rihanna: “I’m honored. Congrats, you deserve this, man.”
Best Rap Album also went to Lamar. Speaking from the stage, the rapper accepted by showing his respect for artists who came before him including fellow nominee Jay-Z. “This is a special award,” said Lamar. “It showed me the true definition of what being an artist was” … that “it’s not about accolades, cars and clothes … it’s about the next generation. Jay-Z, Nas, Puff — they showed me the game through their lyrics up close and from afar.”