Bruno Mars sweeps Grammy night with six big wins

Musician Bruno Mars performs. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Pop superstar Bruno Mars took home the most coveted awards from the 60th Grammy Awards Sunday, sweeping the six categories he was nominated in and becoming this year’s most decorated artist.

Mars’ popular album “24K Magic” was named the Album of the Year, while its title track won the Record of the Year. Another song from the album, “That’s What I Like,” was named Song of the Year.

The “Finesse” singer also won top marks in the R&B genre awards, bagging the night’s Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, and Best R&B Song awards.

The Grammy Awards was hosted by late night talk show host James Corden and was held at the Madison Square Garden in New York. This marks the awards night’s return to the city for the first time in 15 years.

The event was opened by Kendrick Lamar for the second year in a row. His opening number was a politically charged performance that featured stars like U2’s Bono and Edge, as well as Dave Chappelle. The night’s other performances included Bruno Mars, Cardi B, SZA, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, U2, Sam Smith, among others.

Aside from Bruno Mars’ sweep, the Grammy awards night was marked by the supremacy of Lamar in the Hip Hop front. The rapper, who was the second most nominated artist, won five awards, but lost two major awards to Mars.

Rap icon Jay-Z entered the event as the artist with the most number of nominations, with eight. However, he ended the night without a single award, as he lost most of his categories to either Mars or Lamar.

Alessia Cara won the Grammy for the best new artist. In her speech, the young singer shared how she was pretend-winning Grammys since she was a child. “You guys are the reason I don’t have to win Grammys in my shower anymore,” she said.