MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
The Weeknd's ``Starboy'' has picked up a Grammy for best urban contemporary album.
It's the third career Grammy for the global superstar from Toronto.
He's among a group of Canadians who scored golden gramophones in a pre-telecast ceremony where most of the awards are handed out.
Leonard Cohen's song ``You Want It Darker'' won a Grammy for best rock performance. The track appears on the Montreal singer-songwriter's final album of the same name.
Nova Scotia soprano Barbara Hannigan's ``Crazy Girl Crazy''
picked up a Grammy in the best classical solo vocal album category.
It's the first Grammy win for the contemporary opera singer.
Charles Moniz of Burlington, Ont. shared a Grammy win earlier in the ceremony for ``24K Magic'' by Bruno Mars, which scored best engineered album, non-classical.
GRAMMYS - BIG WINNERS
Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar have much to celebrate after last night's Grammys. Mars swept every category in which he was nominated, for a total of six. He won album of the year for ``24 Karat Magic'' and song and record of the year for ``That's What I Like.'' Mars says he made the album with love and with the goal of getting everyone dancing. Lamar won five, including best album. Jay-Z led the nominations with eight but did not win anything. Ed Sheeran, who was considered a snub for nominations in the major categories, won two pop awards. He did not attend.
GRAMMYS- SOCIAL ISSUES
The Grammys hardly shied away from social movements, starting with the white roses many artists wore in support of the Time's Up movement. Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a performance of ``XXX'' that ended with people dressed in red falling to the sound of gunshots. Janelle Monae called for an end of abuse of power and sexual harassment and inequality in the music industry. Kesha (KESH'-ah) performed her song ``Praying,'' which she has said is about suicidal thoughts. She performed with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels and Andra Day.
Kesha broke down in tears at the end. Cabello made a plea for immigrants, pointing out how hard she worked as a Cuban-Mexican brought to the U-S as a child. She introduced U2 performing ``Get Out Of Your Own Way'' with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.
Logic, Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara and Khalid performed ``1-800-273-8255,'' the song named for the suicide prevention hotline. Logic ended with a call for personal strength, racial and gender harmony and praise for international cultures.
GRAMMYS - REMEMBER MUSIC FANS
Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church paid tribute at the Grammys to music fans who lost their lives in the past year. Madison Square Garden went silent as the three acts performed Eric Clapton's ``Tears In Heaven.'' It was a tribute to those who died in the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October and at the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, in May.The Grammys also paid tribute to music acts who died in the past year. Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris performed Tom Petty's ``Wildflowers'' for the ``in memoriam'' segment. Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Junior did a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
GRAMMYS - ROCK
Portugal. The Man bassist Zach Carothers says growing up in a small town in Alaska, they never dreamed of winning a Grammy. He says all their heroes were dog-mushers. Portugal. The Man won the pop group Grammy for ``Feel It Still.'' Mastodon won the metal Grammy for ``Sultan's Curse.'' The War On Drugs picked up the rock album Grammy for ``A Deeper Understanding.'' The National won the alternative album Grammy for ``Sleep Well Beast.'' Foo Fighters won the rock song Grammy for ``Run.'' Randy Putin picked up an arrangement award for his song ``Putin.'' The Rolling Stones won the traditional blues Grammy for ``Blue and Lonesome,'' which is only their third Grammy ever. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' won the contemporary blues album.
GRAMMYS - AMERICANA
Jason Isbell has his wife to thank for one of the two Americana Grammys he won yesterday. Isbell says he was watching reality T-V and his wife said, ``Anybody can sit on the bed and watch reality television. You should be writing a song.'' Isbell wrote ``If We Were Vampires,'' which won the American roots song Grammy. Among the people Lisa Loeb thanked when she won the children's album Grammy for ``Feel What U Feel'' were her babysitters. ``Tony Bennett Celebrates 90'' won the traditional pop album Grammy. Alabama Shakes took home the American roots performance Grammy for ``Killer Diller Blues.'' Aimee Mann snagged the folk Grammy for ``Mental Illness.'' Lin-Manuel Miranda won the visual media song Grammy for ``How Far I'll Go'' from ``Moana (moh-AH'-nah).''
GRAMMYS - COUNTRY
Reba McEntire nearly broke down in tears talking about how much she loves her job while accepting the roots gospel Grammy for ``Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.'' She says, ``Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts.'' Chris Stapleton, who won three country Grammys, says he was honoured to win for his song ``Either Way'' because it's just him and a guitar.
Little Big Town won the country group Grammy for ``Better Man.'' The Infamous Stringdusters and Rhonda Vincent And The Rage both won the bluegrass album Grammy in a tie.
(The Canadian Press)