(AllHipHop Features) While Jay-Z was the top nominee, the night belonged to the biggest winners Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar. Hip Hop & R&B definitely came to win at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
The Grammy Awards returned to New York City for the first time in 15 years!
The evening certainly had its highlights from James Corden offering to show New York native Jay-Z around the city to Kendrick Lamar's electrifying performance.
2x Grammy nominee Cardi B hit the stage to perform the "Finesse" remix with the man of the evening Bruno Mars.
Kendrick Lamar shouted out Jay-Z during his acceptance speech, as he said, "Jay-Z for President."
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino's performance of "Terrified" had the women hot and bothered, although we much rather have heard and seen him perform "Redbone'.
Dave Chappelle interrupted Kendrick Lamar's performance with some thoughtful words.
"I just want to remind everybody that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America...is being an honest black man in America," said Chapelle.
Rihanna killed her performance of "Wild Thoughts" with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller. Bad Gal RiRi also reminded us why one should never take the camera off of Rihanna!!!
She was dancing her butt off! She even gained global praise when she broke into the South African dance called gwara gwara.
Blue Ivy reminded fans who was the head of the Carter household as she bossed her parents around, while Camila Cabello took time to advocate for the dreamers
Miley Cyrus and Elton John performed "Tiny Dancer", Lady Gaga graced us with her piano performance covered by giant angel wings, and Janelle Monae took the stage to speak about the Time's Up movement.
Janelle called for a united industry of men and women before introducing Kesha's performance.
"We come in peace, but we mean business," said Janelle.
Kesha was joined on stage by Julia Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello and many other as she performed a powerful performance of "Praying".
Alessia Cara won the Best New Artist award, and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed "Despacito"
Bruno took home six trophies and the highlights of his speeches were him thanking the fellow nominees.
“You guys are the reason why I’m in the studio pulling my hair out, man, because I know you guys are only going to come with the top-shelf artistry,” Mars said of Childish Gambino, Lorde, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar. “Thank you guys for blessing the world with your music.”
Another highlight was Mars paying homage to those who came before him and inspired him by acknowledging the influence that Babyface, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis had on his career.
Kendrick picked up 5 trophies. Chappelle returned to present him with the Best Rap Album award for K. Dot's 'Damn'.
"This is special, man. It's really about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener and the next generation after that," said Kendrick.
SZA sung her heart out during her live rendition of "Broken Clocks".
Another notable highlight of the evening was host James Corden's skits with DJ Khaled and Cardi B doing spoken-word narration of the Trump book 'Fire and Fury*'.* Hilary Clinton's appearance in the skit brought the most excitement.
Earlier in the evening in the Grammys pre-show, Lamar won two Grammys in a row, for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance in "Humble". "Humble" also picked up best video.
The Weeknd's 'Starboy' won Best Urban Contemporary album. Mars won Best R&B Performance, and Best Engineered Album. Ice-T took the stage with Body Count to perform "Black Hoodie" with the message to combat police brutality.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards was still one for the books, and it was so drama-filled that many are still debating whether are not Jay-Z and SZA deserved to be shut out as far as Grammy wins. They were nominated for 8 and 5 awards respectively.