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60th annual Grammy recap

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Artist Bruno Mars wins the award for Album of the Year for

Artist Bruno Mars wins the award for Album of the Year for "24k Magic." During the show, Mars won a total of 6 Grammy awards like Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Courtesy of the Grammy Awards

Courtesy of the Grammy Awards

Artist Bruno Mars wins the award for Album of the Year for "24k Magic." During the show, Mars won a total of 6 Grammy awards like Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Zachary Weinberger, Entertainment Editor

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards was held Sunday night in Los Angeles, California and opened with a fiery performance from nominee (and eventual winner) Kendrick Lamar, who was nominated for his album “DAMN.” While Lamar made his mark at the show with his album, Bruno Mars and Jay-Z led in nominations.

However, Mars ultimately swept the three biggest honors of the night, winning Album of the Year and Record of the Year for his feature album “24k Magic.” Mars won a total of six Grammys.

Lamar won five awards, in the preshow he was honored with Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Music Video for his hit song “HUMBLE.” During the main ceremony, he won Best Rap/Sung Performance  for “LOYALTY” with Rihanna and Best Rap Album for “DAMN.”

“Well deserved for such an inspirational rapper,” senior James Montague. “Nowadays you don’t get many lyricists like him.”

Other notable wins from the show included Alessia Cara winning for Best New Artist and Ed Sheeran for Best Pop Solo Performance with his song Shape of You. “He’s a lyrical genius that always knows the perfect way to write thoughts most people can’t articulate,” senior Aya Takidin said.

This year’s show consisted of performances and speeches recognizing the “Time’s Up” movement and criticizing the Trump administration. At one point, former democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participated in reading an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s anti-Trump book “Fire and Fury.”

For the biggest music award show, the viewership was at an all-time low. The James Corden’s hosted show saw 19.81 million viewers, a 24% decline from last year’s Grammys. The disappointing ratings was also CBS’s lowest since 2009. This might have been due to the political nature of the show or to the fact that award shows nowadays are predictable.

Predictability was definitely a huge factor for me watching the show. While the performances were solid, I predicted most of the winners, especially in the major categories. I also thought that some of the winners were questionable. While “That’s What I Like” by Mars is catchy and all, it won over “1-800-273-8255” by Logic which included themes of suicide prevention.

If the Grammy’s want to continue slogganing the show as “music’s biggest night,” they need to figure out something for next year to live up to that.

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