Kendrick Lamar and Kesha give powerful performances and many more highlights from Sunday night’s ceremony.

 

The 60th annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday in New York and were hosted by James Corden.

Kendrick Lamar opened the awards show with a politically charged performance. Surrounded by men in soldier-like uniforms and masks, Lamar began by standing in front of an image of an American flag. He performed his hit “XXX” and was joined onstage by U2’s Bono and the Edge.

The singer shifted into his hit “DNA” with a message behind him that read: “This is a    satire by Kendrick Lamar.” Each man dressed in a red hoodie around him appeared to be shot down in a likely nod to the black Americans who have been killed by police violence.

In between songs, comedian Dave Chapelle interrupted the performance twice by cracking jokes. “The only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America,” he said. “It looks like he’s singing and dancing. But this brother is taking enormous chances.” Fireworks and a standing ovation ended Kendrick’s performance.

n a comedy bit with host James Corden, several stars pretended to audition stars for a spoken-word album. John Legend, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled read from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, with real excerpts from the Michael Wolff tell-all.

“Trump won’t read anything. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored,” John Legend read.
Bruno Mars was the big winner on Sunday night at the 60th annual Grammys with seven wins, including album of the year and record of the year honors for 24K Magic, while Kendrick Lamar followed with five.

Meanwhile, country artist Chris Stapleton claimed three Grammys, Ed Sheeran scored two awards while Alessia Cara took home the honor for best new artist.

Producer of the year, non-classical, was Greg Kurstin.

Dave Chappelle received the nod for best comedy album, and last year’s film awards contender La La Land notched two wins for its soundtrack.

The ceremony, emceed by James Corden, was held at Madison Square Garden, marking the first time the show has taken place in New York since 2003.

The last to read from the book was surprise guest Hillary Clinton. “One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade,” Clinton read.