Bruno Mars Dominates R&B and Overall at 60th Grammys
The 60th annual Grammy Awards aired January 28th. Though much of the talk surrounding the ceremony centered on performances, messages, and speeches pertaining to our current political landscape, the real outcomes were about Bruno Mars from top to bottom.
Bruno Mars was nominated for nearly every category of note at the 2018 Grammys, in the R&B genre as well as cross-genre. There were four main categories for R&B. Bruno Mars garnered a nomination in three, and took home three wins.
Best R&B Performance went to him for “That’s What I Like.” He also won Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like”, sharing credit with writers Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip. Finally, Best R&B Album went to Bruno Mars for 24K Magic. The lone category in his genre where he failed to grab a nomination was for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Childish Gambino won there, but he couldn’t overshadowed Bruno Mars’ dominance.
And that dominance extended beyond his own genre. Bruno Mars was also up for the biggest categories of the evening. The three that mean the most are Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Mars’ 24K Magic was up for Album and Record. His “That’s What I Like” was up for best song.
There was stiff competition in each though, as one would expected. Despite that, Bruno Mars won all three categories, sweeping the competition. He bested Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Lorde for best album. He took down the “Despacito” juggernaut for best record and best song. It was an all-around superb evening for Bruno Mars at the 60th Grammy Awards.