Kendrick Lamar Kicks Off Grammys with Politically-Charged Performance

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Chapelle, who was also on stage with Lamar during his opening performance, said it was "an honor" for him to be presenting the award for the Best Rap Album because the genre was so meaningful to him. Patti Lupone brought down the house with her Evita performance (below)!

Completing the list of pop winners are Ed Sheeran with Best Pop Solo Performance for "Shape Of You" as well as Best Pop Vocal Album for "Divide".

We were so thrilled by Childish Gambino's Grammys debut.

"Joanne" is also the name of her 2016 album, which was recognized at this year's Grammy Awards.

Queen B did her fair share of attention-grabbing too, taking a front row seat alongside her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy.

Kesha gave a passionate performance at the Grammy Awards with the help of powerful women behind her, including the Resistance Revival Chorus.

"24K Magic" is the title track of the Hawaiian-born singer's third album, which revives his mix of fun-loving retro funk but adds touches of 1980s-inspired synthesizers.

Best New Artist was won by Alessia Cara.

Before the performance, Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed an emotional rendition of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" - written after his son died - in honor of the 58 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas previous year.

However, maybe the standout moment of the evening belonged to singer Kesha, who partnered with Cyndi Lauper, Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day for a special version of her song called Praying.

Bono and The Edge joined Lamar on stage before Lamar transitioned into DNA and before Chappelle made his appearance.

That's What I Like, the steamy ode by Bruno Mars to making love in high style, today won the Grammy for Song of the Year.

"That's What I Like" was written by Mars, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip. In fact comedian Dave Chappelle while presenting the award for Best Rap Album mentioned about the incredible performance by the duet. Given, this is a rare occurrence for anyone even vaguely aware of trends in popular music, but still, it does tend to happen from time to time. The Grammys have often operated in opposition to both black culture and true pop culture.

Kendrick Lamar kicked off Sunday's Grammy Awards in controversial fashion.

As well as the star's own prizes, his recording engineers won a further award for their work on the album. It was inescapable and unimpeachable to anyone with a radio.

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