2018 Grammy Awards report: Clean sweep for Bruno Mars, who wins all 6 of his nominations, including Album of the Year for ’24K Magic’

The 2018 Grammy Awards were handed out on Sunday, January 28, in two parts. The majority of the 84 categories were presented during the Premiere Ceremony that streamed online at 3:00pm Eastern (Noon Pacific). The rest of the prizes — including the top awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — were handed out during the primetime telecast at 7:30pm Eastern (4:30pm Pacific) on CBS. So who won? Who lost? And who made history? Scroll down for our live updating blog with results and analysis. And check out the complete list of winners as they’re announced here.

Jay-Z entered these awards with the most nominations (eight), followed closely by Kendrick Lamar (seven). But Grammy voters left themselves with some tough decisions to make as Jay-Z and Lamar went head-to-head in almost all of their categories. The one exception was Song of the Year, where Jay-Z earned a nom for “4:44” but Lamar was left out. Bruno Mars was next in line with six nominations, followed by Childish Gambino, SZA, and Khalid with five apiece.

The Grammys had come under fire in recent years for disadvantaging artists of color in the marquee categories, with Adele (“25”) upsetting Beyonce (“Lemonade”) for Album of the Year last year and Frank Ocean and Drake deciding not to submit their music for consideration at all. Perhaps as a response to that backlash this year’s nominations were full of rap and R&B artists. The Album of the Year race included Lamar (“Damn”), Jay-Z (“4:44”), Mars (“24K Magic”) and Childish Gambino (“Awaken, My Love”), along with Lorde (“Melodrama”) on her only nomination. Did the recording academy go just as bold with their winners as they went with their nominees? Find out below. (All times listed are Eastern.)

3:05pm — The live Premiere Ceremony hosted by Paul Shaffer is about to begin at Grammy.com. They’ll be handing out 75 categories across a wide variety of genres, so we can expect some big names among the winners even at this pre-show.

3:17pm — Shaffer is giving some ground rules in advance of the presentation of awards. Long story short: keep your speeches short, and the clock starts ticking as soon as you get out of your seat, so get there fast!

3:19pmLCD Soundsystem is the first winner of the night, taking Best Dance Recording for “Tonite.” They’re also the frontrunners to win Best Alternative Album according to our predictions. Kraftwerk won Best Dance/Electronic Album for “3-D The Catalogue.”

3:23pmKendrick Lamar wins his first award of the night: Best Music Video for “Humble.” He previously won this award in 2016 for “Bad Blood” with Taylor Swift. This brings Lamar’s career total to eight Grammys and counting.

3:31pm — Legendary composer John Williams wins his 24th Grammy: Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella for “Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can.” Williams is the seventh biggest Grammy winner of all time.

3:35pm — Best Recording Package was a tie between “El Orisha De La Rosa” and “Pure Comedy.” The latter award is won by the album artist Father John Misty, who also competes for Best Alternative Album.

3:41pm — Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” wins its first award of the night, though this one doesn’t go to Mars himself. The album claims Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for its engineers Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Charles Moniz and the late Tom Coyne. This award recently went to Album of the Year winners “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk (2014) and “Morning Phase” by Beck (2015).

3:54pmShakira takes Best Latin Pop Album for “El Dorado.” This is the third Grammy of her career, and her first 2006. Residente won Best Latin Rock/Urban/Alternative Album; this was his first nomination and first win.

4:00pmCarrie Fisher wins a posthumous Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for “The Princess Diarist.”

4:01pm — “Dear Evan Hansen” takes Best Musical Theater Album, which goes to principal soloists Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, Ben Platt,Will Roland and Jennifer Laura Thompson. And it also brings composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul one step closer to EGOT. All they need now is an Emmy.

4:05pm — “La La Land” wins Best Visual Media Compilation and Best Visual Media Score. Both awards go Justin Hurwitz, who also won two Oscars for his musical compositions. But Hurwitz, Pasek, and Paul were upset in the race for Best Visual Media Song: Lin-Manuel Miranda won for “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”; it’s the third Grammy of his career, and he just needs an Oscar to EGOT.

4:08pmPeter Kater wins Best New Age Album for “Dancing on Water.” It’s his first Grammy victory after 13 nominations spanning 14 years. He has been one of the most nominated artists of all time without a win.

4:41pm — Gospel legend CeCe Winans claims her 11th career Grammy: Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Never Have to Be Alone.” Then she won her 12th: Best Gospel Album for “Let Them Fall in Love.”

4:50pm — Country artist Reba McEntire claims Best Roots Gospel Album for “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.” Perhaps surprisingly this is only the third Grammy in her impressive career. It’s the first time she’s won in 24 years: her last victory was in 1994 for Best Country Collaboration for “Does He Love You.”

4:57pmAlabama Shakes wins Best American Roots Performance for “Killer Diller Blues.” This is perhaps surprising since they were up against a couple of sentimental favorites: the late Glen Campbell (“Arkansas Farmboy”) and Leonard Cohen (“Steer Your Way”). This is the band’s fourth Grammy overall.

5:03pm — Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song go to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit for “The Nashville Sound” and “If We Were Vampires,” respectively. Isbell has now won four Grammys and has actually never lost when nominated. “The Nashville Sound” was also previously nominated for Album of the Year last fall at the Country Music Association Awards.

5:08pmThe Rolling Stones win Best Traditional Blues Album for “Blue and Lonesome.” Would you believe this is only the third competitive Grammy victory of their careers?

5:10pmAimee Mann takes Best Folk Album for her critically acclaimed “Mental Illness.” She overtook Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who surprisingly had never been nominated for a Grammy before now.

5:16pmLisa Loeb wins Best Children’s Album for “Feel What U Feel.” It’s her first Grammy and only her second nomination. She previously contended for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her iconic hit “Stay” in 1995.

5:26pmLeonard Cohen wins Best Rock Performance for “You Want it Darker.” It’s his first and only competitive Grammy win for his own music. He previously won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys and Album of the Year as a featured artist on “River: The Joni Letters.”

5:30pm — A couple of major upsets in the rock categories as The National wins Best Alternative Album for “Sleep Well Beast” and The War on Drugs takes Best Rock Album for “A Deeper Understanding.”

5:32pmBruno Mars takes Best R&B Performance for “That’s What I Like.” It’s his first win of the night and the sixth of his career.

5:33pmChildish Gambino takes Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone.” It’s his first Grammy, and he can add this to his mantel right next to his two Emmys from last fall for “Atlanta.”

5:34pm — Bruno Mars wins again, taking Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like.” It’s the seventh Grammy of Mars’s career. “That’s What I Like” contends during the main telecast for Song of the Year.

5:36pm — Bruno Mars completes his R&B sweep, claiming Best R&B Album for “24K Magic.” But The Weeknd pulled off a surprise for Best Urban Contemporary Album, winning for “Starboy” over Album of the Year nominee “Awaken, My Love” by Childish Gambino.

5:39pm — Kendrick Lamar continues his winning streak by claiming Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Humble.” He’s three-for-three tonight, bringing his career total to 10 Grammys.

5:40pmChris Stapleton wins Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way.” It’s the third win of his career, and he’s got two more chances this year.

5:42pmLittle Big Town takes Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Better Man.” But then Chris Stapleton upset “Better Man” by winning Best Country Song for “Broken Halos.” Taylor Swift wrote “Better Man,” so she was just denied her 11th Grammy — but I suspect she’s doing just fine.

5:45pmPortugal. The Man wins Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Feel It Still,” upsetting Record and Song of the Year nominee “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber.

5:46pm — “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” wins Best Traditional Pop Album, though Bennett himself is not technically a winner himself for the recording by various artists.

5:49pmEd Sheeran may have been snubbed in the general field, but he did win Best Pop Album after all for “Divide.” He has now won three Grammys in his career.

5:50pmGreg Kurstin wins Producer of the Year. This year he produced “Concrete and Gold” by the Foo Fighters in addition to songs by Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, Beck, Zayn, and Sia.

6:12pm — Did the Premiere Ceremony set up a showdown tonight between Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar for Album of the Year? Both won all three categories they were nominated for during the pre-show, and Mars’s “24K Magic” also won Best Engineered Album.


7:45pm — Kendrick Lamar is four-for-four, winning Best Rap/Sung Performance with Rihanna for “Loyalty.” That brings Lamar’s career Grammy total to 11, while Rihanna is now at 9. This was a close call as “Loyalty” was up against “Family Feud” by Jay-Z and Beyonce. So far Lamar has dominated his head-to-head races against Jay-Z. If this continues it could mean a big shutout for rap’s elder statesman.

7:57pmAlessia Cara wins Best New Artist. She has four total nominations this year, including Song of the Year which will be presented later in the evening. “Support real music and real artists because everyone deserves the same shot,” said Cara upon accepting the award, speaking out for artists who don’t get to be in the awards spotlight.

8:16pm – Ed Sheeran takes Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape of You.” This was his second win in this category following “Thinking Out Loud” in 2016. He won both of his nominations this year. But Sheeran didn’t attend the ceremony to accept his third and fourth career trophies from the recording academy.

8:37pm — Unsurprisingly, Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Album for “Damn.” This is the second time he’s achieved a clean sweep of the four rap categories: Performance, Song, Album and Rap/Sung. He also did that in 2016 for his album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Can he finally translate that success to the general field?

8:58pm — “I’m honored to win an award … finally,” said a deadpan Dave Chappelle upon winning his first career Grammy on his first nomination for Best Comedy Album for “The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.” He overtook Sarah Silverman (“A Speck of Dust”), Jim Gaffigan (“Cinco”), Jerry Seinfeld (“Jerry Before Seinfeld”) and Kevin Hart (“What Now?”).

9:21pm — “It’s a real joy to get to make music,” said Chris Stapleton upon winning Best Country Album for “From A Room: Volume 1.” This was his second win in the category, following “Traveller” in 2016. It was also his third win of the night. He swept his country categories: Performance, Song, and Album. The last country prize, for Duo/Group Performance, went to Little Big Town for “Better Man.”

9:55pm — Bruno Mars pulled off an upset for Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like” along with his co-writers Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip. No song has ever won that award with so many songwriters. Mars is still undefeated for the night with four wins, and he’s got two to go: Record of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Album of the Year (“24K Magic”).

10:33pm — “Turn it up one more time! Too many ballads tonight,” said Bruno Mars upon accepting Record of the Year for “24K Magic.” It’s his fifth award of the night. He hasn’t lost a single nomination tonight with one to go, Album of the Year. This is actually the second time in three years that Mars has won Record of the Year. He previously prevailed in 2016 for “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson.

11:03pm — It’s a clean sweep for Bruno Mars, who wins Album of the Year for the first time for “24K Magic,” his third album. He won six awards out of his six nominations, and when you include the win for Best Engineered Album that brings the total wins for “24K Magic” to a remarkable seven. But this means that once again rap is shut out of the general field categories. Kendrick Lamar was shut out in the top categories, and Jay-Z was shut out entirely.

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