Bruno Mars has come out on top at this year’s Grammy Awards winning a massive six awards from six nominations including the top prizes for best song, record and album.
His best album win means our own Lorde, who was nominated in the same category along with Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Jay Z did not pick up the award this year.
One Kiwi who did pick up an award though, was Brooke Fraser, who won her first Grammy ever for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance.
Fraser won under the name Brooke Ligertwood for What a Beautiful name – a song written for the Hillsong Church.
Jay-Z, the leading nominee with eight nods, walked away empty handed. Ouch. He lost in the rap categories to Kendrick Lamar, who won five awards, including best rap album for “DAMN.” and best rap song for “HUMBLE.”
One of the most powerful performance moments of the night came when Kesha performed her hit single Praying, with a chorus of stars including Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha and Camila Cabello in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
There was also another small Time’s Up moment when part way through her performance, Lady Gaga uttered a small “Time’s Up” into the microphone before continuing on.
Lorde also got involved, making a powerful feminist statement by wearing a dress with a an excerpt from Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays on the back. Lorde posted a snap of the dress on Instagram with the caption: “My version of a white rose — the apocalypse will blossom.”
According to Variety, Lorde was the only artist in her category not offered a solo performance slot, which resulted in her not performing at all and skipping the red carpet. Fair enough.
You can see a full list of winners here.