The night started out looking like it could go in a different direction. At least Alessia Cara took home the new artist trophy.
- Best traditional pop vocal album: "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90", various artists.
One thing to know is that Bruno Mars' name was read A LOT on Grammys night.
"Other contenders for Album of the Year were "'Awaken, My Love!'", the psychedelic, R&B-infused album by Childish Gambino, the rap alter ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover, and "Melodrama" by 21-year-old New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde, the only woman in the category.
The Grammy Awards returned to New York City for the first time in more than a decade with a nod to the city's rich history of musical theater.
The late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and veteran rockers The Rolling Stones are among the first award winners at the Grammy Awards, which are now taking place in NY. Mars also is nominated for the big three; "Despacito", by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, is up for record and song of the year; and both Lamar and Gambino are nominated for album and record of the year.
Adding insult to injury, SZA lost all five categories in which she was nominated.
Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy.
What makes Grammys 2018 even more special is its statement of solidarity with TimesUp and MeToo movements, in line with which musicians such as Gaga and Pink pinned white roses to their outfits while some of the others wore the TimesUp badge.
Though the nod to the movement organized by record executives Meg Harkins and Karen Rait was visible during the pre-show, it barely got any acknowledgement during the first half of the telecast. Lady Gaga went for intimate and striking: her behind a grand piano (covered in Bjork's swan costume) doing a medley of the "Joanne" title track and "A Million Reasons".
"We come in peace, but we means business", Monae said defiantly. "Just as we have the power to shape culture we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us".
Kesha took the stage by storm by delivering an emotional performance with a rendition of her ballad "Praying" alongside Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day.
The Grammys were more political than usual, but considering where the country is today, that's hardly surprising.
Country music legend Reba McEntire, who branched across categories to win the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album, said that the white rose amounted to a message to "treat people kindly".