Jay-Z may have gone into this year’s Grammys up for a leading eight awards, but the rapper, who was recognized as the 2018 Grammy salute to industry icons honoree the night before, went home without any proper Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Also shut out by the Grammys this year were SZA, the most-nominated female artist this year up for five awards; record-breaking hit, “Despacito,” which could have become the first Spanish-language song of the year or record of the year winner in generations; five-time nominee Khalid; and two-time nominee Cardi B.
Kendrick Lamar collected five of the seven awards for which he was nominated, but the acclaimed rapper, who’s been nominated for album of the year three times in the past five years, continued his losing streak for DAMN., this time going down to what appeared to be a virtually unstoppable Bruno Mars.
Ahead of this year’s show, music-industry experts were already arguing that another loss for Lamar would be a grievous mistake by the Grammys.
“Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for album of the year three times in five years, and DAMN. was by most accounts 2017’s most beloved record,” NPR wrote. “If he doesn’t take the trophy in 2018, conversations will revolve around the snub come Monday — and for years to come.”
Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) only won one award for best traditional R&B performance.
See some of the winners and highlights from the Grammys:
Other awards announced prior to the ceremony:
Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” (pictured, Justin Hurwitz accepting the award)
Best Folk Album: Aimee Mann, “Mental Illness”
Contemporary Christian album: Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”
Gospel album: CeCe Winans, “Let Them Fall In Love”
Jazz instrumental album: Chris Potter, “The Dreamer Is The Dream”
Song written for visual media: Lin-Manuel Miranda, “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)
Score soundtrack for visual media: “La La Land”
Musical theater album: “Dear Evan Hansen”
Latin pop album: Shakira, “El Dorado”
Music film: Various Artists, “The Defiant Ones”
Contemporary instrumental album: Jeff Lorber Fusion, “Prototype”
Dance/electronic album: Kraftwerk, “3-D The Catalogue”
Dance recording: LCD Soundsystem, “Tonite”
Urban contemporary album: The Weeknd, “Starboy”
Rock album: The War on Drugs, “A Deeper Understanding”
Rock song: Foo Fighters, “Run”
American Roots Performance: Alabama Shakes, “Killer Diller Blues”
Best Traditional Blues Album: The Rolling Stones, “Blue & Lonesome”
Best Contemporary Blues Album: — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, “TajMo”
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Lost Bayou Ramblers, “Kalenda”
Best Reggae Album: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, “Stony Hill”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter