Taylor Swift’s best-selling “1989” topped off Monday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning album of the year.
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars won record of the year.
But Kendrick Lamar was the biggest winner with five awards, including best rap album for “To Pimp a Butterfly” as well as rap performance, rap song, rap/sung performance and music video. He also lit up the crowd in the evening’s most talked-about performance, taking the stage in shackles and ending with fire, and earning a shoutout from the White House on Twitter.
Alabama Shakes shook up rock categories, winning alternative music album for “Sound & Color” as well as rock song and rock performance for “Don’t Wanna Fight.”
Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” won song of the year and best pop performance.
Swift, who also won the best album honor for “Fearless” in 2009 — as well as best pop vocal album and best music video on Monday — directed her acceptance speech to young women: “There are going to be people out there that try to undercut your success or take credit for your fame … don’t let those people sidetrack (you).”
The 2016 best new artist trophy oddly went to Meghan Trainor, who scored her biggest hit in 2014 with “All About That Bass.”
The cast of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” won for best musical theater album.
Rihanna was a no-show because of illness, and Adele made what should have been a triumphant return, but her performance was disappointing. (Blame it on sound problems, right?)
Tony Bennett, 89, won best traditional pop vocal album for “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, and Buddy Guy, 79, won best blues album for “Born to Play Guitar.”
Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” won best country album.
The Weeknd won for “Earned It” (from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey”) for best R&B performance. The Weeknd also for urban contemporary album for “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
Justin Bieber won his first Grammy, sharing the prize for best dance recording with Skrillex and Diplo for “Where Are U Now.”
Skrillex and Diplo also won for dance/electronic album with “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U.”
Lady Gaga, suitably, paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a glitzy display. Other less successful tributes were for Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White (by Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix) and Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister (by the Hollywood Vampires aka Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry).
Living legend Lionel Richie’s songs were performed adequately by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Trainor and Tyrese.
Vanity, a Prince protege (aka Denise Katrina Matthews) and lead singer of the 1980s group Vanity 6, died after years of battling kidney failure and abdominal illness; she was 57.
Rapper The Weeknd is 26. … DJ-producer Bassnectar is 38. … Tennis player John McEnroe is 57. … Rapper-actor Ice-T is 58. … Actor LeVar Burton is 59. … Singer James Ingram is 64.
— Wire report
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