Grammys 2018: Best moments and winners

Highlights of the night


By Su Fen Tan

Grammys 2018: Best moments and winners


Way to open the show, Lamar. The rapper—who subsequently picked up five awards later in the night—took to the stage with an evocative, politically charged performance, with guest parts by U2’s Bono and the Edge, as well as comedic spoken interludes by Dave Chappelle. That ending is still fresh in our minds—watch it here:

Speaking about politics, Hillary Clinton made a surprise (video) appearance in a comedy skit with John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg and others, where they “audition” for a spoken word version of Michael Wolff’s book about Donald Trump’s first year in office, Fire and Fury.

Another performance that really made an impact that night was Kesha’s stage—a raw, emotional performance of ‘Praying’ in support of the #TimesUp movement joined by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rhexa and members of the Resistance Revival Chorus.

Before Camila Cabello introduced U2’s performance, she had a message for the Dreamers: “This country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream. I’m a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for”. U2’s pre-taped performance was recorded by the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty—a fitting stage indeed.




Album of the year
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Record of the year
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Song of the year
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Country album
“From a Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton

New artist
Alessia Cara

Comedy album
“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle

Rap album
“Damn.,” Kendrick Lamar

New artist
Alessia Cara

Rap/sung performance
“Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Pop solo performance
“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

Pop vocal album
“÷,” Ed Sheeran

Traditional pop vocal album
“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists

Pop duo/group performance
“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

Country song
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

Country solo performance
“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance
“Better Man,” Little Big Town 

Rap song
“Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar 

Rap performance (single or track)
“Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar 

R&B album
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album
“Starboy,” The Weeknd 

R&B song
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars 

Traditional R&B performance
“Redbone,” Childish Gambino 

R&B performance
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars 

Alternative music album
“Sleep Well Beast,” The National 

Rock album 
“A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs 

Rock song
“Run,” Foo Fighters 

Metal performance
“Sultan’s Curse,” Mastodon 

Rock performance (single or track)
“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen 

American roots song
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit 

American roots performance
“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes 

Contemporary Christian album
“Chain Breaker,” Zach Williams

Gospel album
“Let Them Fall in Love,” CeCe Winans

Jazz instrumental album
“Rebirth,” Billy Childs 

New age album
“Dancing on Water,” Peter Kater 

Song written for visual media
“How Far I’ll Go (Moana),” Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Score soundtrack for visual media
“La La Land” 

Compilation soundtrack for visual media
“La La Land” 

Musical theater album
“Dear Evan Hansen”

Spoken word album
“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher

Latin pop album
“El Dorado,” Shakira  

Music film
“The Defiant Ones,” various artists

Music video
“Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar

Contemporary instrumental album
“Prototype,” Jeff Lorber Fusion

Dance/electronic album
“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk 

Dance recording
“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem

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