Monday, April 23, 2018
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Taylor Swift's '1989' wins top album at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Kendrick Lamar had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage at the Grammy Awards, but Adele's performance didn't match the greatness of her past live efforts.

Taylor Swift's 1989 was named Album of the Year. Mark Ronson took Record of the Year with Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk.

Lamar started his performance Monday appearing beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and a bruise on his eyes. He went on to fuse rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds for a commanding performance as he rapped The Blacker the Berry and the Grammy-nominated Alright passionately. He ended with a map of Africa, and the city of Compton imprinted in it.

Kendrick Lamar collected his fifth trophy for the night. Lamar won best rap album for his sophomore effort, To Pimp a Butterfly.

"Hip-hop, Ice Cube, this for hip-hop, this for Snoop Dogg ... this for Nas. We will live forever, believe that," said Lamar, who also won best rap song, rap performance, rap/sung collaboration and music video earlier in the day.

Adele sang All I Ask, co-written by Bruno Mars, with a piano behind her. But the audio sounded off and appeared to throw off her performance.

Justin Bieber started Love Yourself on guitar in good form, but ended with a vocal struggle. Little Big Town and Demi Lovato, however, had shining moments, hitting impressive and smooth high notes.

Ed Sheeran walked away with one of the night's top honors, song of the year for Thinking Out Loud. It was his first Grammy.

"We wrote it on a couch in my house," he said of his hit song, which also won him best pop solo performance.

The night also marked first wins for the Weeknd, Chris Stapleton, Pitbull and Alabama Shakes.

Stapleton, who has written for dozens of country acts, won best country album for Traveller.

"This is something you never ever dream of so I'm super grateful for it," he said.

Stapleton walked in with four nominations, including album of the year, but lost best country song to Girl Crush.

Meghan Trainor, who was nominated for two Grammys last year for All About That Bass, won best new artist.

"Thank you to the Grammys, I love you so much," said a teary-eyed Trainor.

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