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Kendrick Lamar opens, afterwards wins.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards non-stop with a striking, unpractical opening by Kendrick Lamar and by Bono and a Edge of U2, with Dave Chappelle portion as a one-man Greek chorus. It walked a excellent line between confrontational domestic explanation and education comedy.

Mr. Lamar began surrounded by phalanxes of soldiers in deception fatigues as he began his strain “XXX” with images of American dwindle fluttering behind him on digital screens. After a difference “This is a joke by Kendrick Lamar” flashed behind him, and a brief coming by Bono and a Edge, a camera cut to Mr. Chappelle, who said: “The usually thing some-more frightening than examination a black masculine be honest in America is being an honest black masculine in America.”

The uncover afterwards alternated again between Mr. Lamar and Mr. Chappelle, before finale with Mr. Lamar station among organisation in red hoodies who were gunned down one by one.

Lady Gaga afterwards took a theatre to sing her ballads “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” during a white piano draped with a wings of a bird or an angel. “Times up,” she said.

Mr. Lamar afterwards took a initial esteem of a night, for best rap/sung performance, for “LOYALTY,” featuring Rihanna, who told him: “Congrats. You merit this, man.”


Bruno Mars is adult for tip awards, and he’s widely dignified in a industry.

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Other early winners.

All though 9 of a 84 awards were given out during a nontelevised rite in a afternoon, when Mr. Lamara and Mr. Mars any won 3 prizes.

Mr. Lamar won best swat performance, best swat strain and best strain video, all for “Humble.” Mr. Mars won best RB opening and RB strain for “That’s What we Like,” and best RB manuscript for “24K Magic.”


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Mr. Lamar and Mr. Mars will face any other for both record and manuscript of a year, nonetheless their biggest foe in those categories — and, for Mr. Mars, in strain of a year, a songwriters’ endowment — might be Jay-Z, who now binds a position of a deeply reputable elder. Despite 21 past wins, he has never taken home a Grammy in a tip categories. Jay-Z had a many nominations of any artist this year, with eight, and was feted as an “industry icon” during Clive Davis’s glittery annual pre-Grammy party.

Ed Sheeran, who was snubbed in a tip categories, was awarded best cocktail outspoken album, in absentia, for “÷,” one of final year’s biggest hits. Childish Gambino won best normal RB opening for his strain “Redbone,” a 1970s despondency reversion that was a warn strike during radio final year.

The nation singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton won dual awards: best nation solo opening for “Either Way,” and best nation strain for “Broken Halos,” that Mr. Stapleton wrote with Mike Henderson.

Jason Isbell also won two: best Americana album, for “The Nashville Sound,” and best American roots song, for “If We Were Vampires.” Carrie Fisher won a post-mortem Grammy — her initial — in a best oral word manuscript category, for “The Princess Diarist.”

A night of questions new and old.

By a finish of Sunday night, a strain universe will have some answers: Will Jay-Z or Mr. Lamar measure a vast feat for rap? Will “Despacito” mangle new belligerent for Spanish-language pop? Is Bruno Mars a subsequent Adele?

The Grammys are being hold in New York for a initial time in 15 years. To symbol a return, Patti LuPone and Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”) will perform a Broadway-style reverence to Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. But regardless of where a uncover is held, many of a vast questions remain.

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The Grammys, like many awards shows, have been wrestling for years with issues of diversity: ethnic, gender and, in a Grammys’ case, musical. Not so prolonged ago, a uncover drew eye rolls for over-rewarding elder heroes during a responsibility of pop’s younger, some-more critical mainstream. (Think Ray Charles violence Green Day and Kanye West in 2005, or Herbie Hancock defeating Amy Winehouse and, ahem, Mr. West in 2008.)

The Grammys have generally gotten many improved during noticing a beat of contemporary music. A different stand of nominees this year means it is unequivocally approaching that a winners of a 4 many prestigious categories — album, record and strain of a year, and best new artist — will not be white men.


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At a same time, gender is unequivocally many still an issue. Lorde is a usually lady adult for manuscript of a year, confronting Jay-Z, Mr. Mars, Mr. Lamar and Childish Gambino. Julia Michaels and Alessia Cara have credits in a strain of a year difficulty (which recognizes songwriters). Ms. Michaels, Ms. Cara and a RB thespian SZA are nominated for best new artist. Otherwise, a tip nominees are primarily male. As a new news indicated, gender farrago during a Grammys — and in a strain courtesy during vast — has been abysmal.

The marquee categories have vast stars.

The tip categories are built with renouned and critically reputable releases. Jay-Z has a possibility to brush with his manuscript “4:44,” a contemplative and confessional work that might finally give him an corner with some-more normal voters. But for album, record and strain of a year, Jay-Z also faces Mr. Mars (“24K Magic”), whom a courtesy admires as an all-around, friendly entertainer.

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For both record and strain of a year, Jay-Z and Mr. Mars also face foe from “Despacito,” a flirty ballad from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (in a remix featuring Justin Bieber) that set streaming records; a win would be viewed as a delight for a once-again-burgeoning universe of Spanish-language pop.

Don’t forget Mr. Lamar, a many reputable rapper of his generation. Still, a dim equine might be Lorde, who emerged as a Grammy personality 4 years ago (“Royals”) and still has extended support in a Recording Academy, a classification that bestows a awards.


Kelly Clarkson is among a artists who have affianced support for a #MeToo movement.

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A #MeToo moment?

The #MeToo transformation holding organisation accountable for passionate nuisance and attack has come to Hollywood, politics and a news media, though a impact on a strain universe has been minimal. As a Grammys approached, it became transparent that aside from a opening by Kesha — whose hostile conflict with her longtime writer Dr. Luke has drawn substantial courtesy inside and outward of a business — a courtesy had no orderly response designed along a lines of a Time’s Up debate that was front and core during a new Golden Globes.


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That altered usually days ago, when a tiny organisation of midlevel womanlike strain executives called for artists to wear a white rose to a show, as a pointer of “hope, peace, magnetism and resistance.” By Thursday, a handful of stars including Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson had affianced their support. On Sunday, a organisation circulated a list of music-industry professionals and artists who had sealed on to a effort, adding Pink, Dua Lipa and Lil Uzi Vert, among others.

At a preshow ceremony, several artists wore white roses, nonetheless their comments about it were muted. Reba McEntire, a nation star, was asked about a white rose on her dress after she won best roots gospel manuscript for “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith Hope.”

“My summary is, we wish to provide we like we wish to be treated,” Ms. McEntire said. “It’s a golden rule. we consider if we did that some-more often, a lot of these problems would be nonexistent. Let’s usually provide people kindly.”


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Lisa Loeb, who won best children’s album, said, usually half in jest: “I know some people are observant a strain courtesy took a small while to locate adult with some of a other industries. But we haven’t had as many awards ceremonies.”


If Jay-Z gets an acceptance speech, eyes will be on him for a response to President Trump.

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A preshow controversy.

Hours before a uncover began, it already had a Trump controversy. On Saturday night, CNN aired an talk with Jay-Z as partial of a initial part of “The Van Jones Show,” in that Jay-Z commented on a president’s reported libel of Haiti and African countries.

“It is unsatisfactory and it’s hurtful,” Jay-Z said. “Because it’s looking down during a whole race of people and it’s so misinformed given these places have pleasing people and pleasing everything. This is a personality of a giveaway universe vocalization like this.”

By 8:18 a.m. Sunday, the boss dismissed off his response on Twitter.

A small some-more than an hour later, Mr. Jones — who is managed by Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation — wrote on Twitter in response, observant that he did ask Jay-Z about a president’s record on shortening black unemployment, and Jay-Z responded that a emanate was about treating people with honour and not, as he put it: “Treat me unequivocally bad and compensate me well.”

If Jay-Z gets an acceptance speech, eyes will be on him for a response.

And some of a stars during a preshow rite seized a event to make domestic or personal statements.

Residente, a Puerto Rican rapper who founded a successful organisation Calle 13, won best Latin stone manuscript (for “Residente”). Dedicating his esteem “to my country, Puerto Rico,” he spoke about a need to find out arguable sources of news about a island.

“What’s function in Puerto Rico is horrible,” he said. “We’ve been though electricity for 6 months now. Some people are failing given they are not eating well. All of that, we had it in my heart when we won this a impulse ago.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant, a Haitian-American thespian who won best jazz outspoken album, addressed President Trump’s comments about Haiti and Africa. “At some points we have to possibly giggle or cry,” she said. “I select to laugh.”


Elton John is to perform with Miley Cyrus during a show.

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Paying reverence to stars.

For a year that saw a waste of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Malcolm Young of AC/DC and Walter Becker of Steely Dan, design some important “in memoriam” tributes.


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There were also tributes out of steer of a cameras. After a 40th anniversary book of a Voyager Golden Record — a bullion discs sent into space containing a sounds of a earth, including Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” — won best box set package, Lawrence Azerrad, one of a album’s art directors, commented on a secure life of Berry’s music.

“Long after a earth is gone, swallowed adult by a sun,” he said, “Chuck Berry’s record will still be floating in space.”

Absent from a stage.

While many stars will container a stage, a Grammys will also be important for who isn’t there. Ed Sheeran, who was close out of a tip awards notwithstanding carrying one of a year’s biggest hits, is not approaching to appear. Neither are Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

Jay-Z and Lorde should be in a assembly though are not approaching to perform.

Scheduling, stipulations of time and space, and a whims of performers and producers might good comment for many of these absences. But in new years, a Grammys have also faced boycotts from some artists who feel that not adequate of a tip prizes go to black artists. Frank Ocean settled that in regards to final year’s show.

And while Drake has said that a reason he is not behaving is that a Grammys asked him to cancel one of his possess shows to appear, he also did not contention his latest “playlist” album, “More Life,” for endowment consideration.


The Grammys are behind in New York for a initial time in 15 years.

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New York, New York.

The Grammys have not been in New York given 2003, when a city was still struggling to attract business and tourism after a Sept. 11 militant attacks. Since then, a awards’ home has been a Staples Center in Los Angeles, where a low connectors are manifest from a bronze plaques on sidewalks around a formidable commemorating past winners.

The New York mayor’s bureau lobbied tough to move behind a Grammys, which, according to some estimates, can produce as many as $200 million in mercantile advantages for their horde city. But tensions have flared in new weeks, with a Recording Academy accusing a city of not creation good on millions of dollars in betrothed fund-raising.

The uncover — that for a second time is being hosted by James Corden — is approaching to make some use of New York as a backdrop, though a awards have already committed to a Staples Center for a subsequent 4 years.

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