Bruno Mars wins Song of The Year at 60th Grammy Awards

Sunday's telecast initially seemed to go out of its way to avoid controversy, although Dave Chappelle - won won the Best Comedy Album award - did offer a mid-song interjection during Lamar's show-opening performance.

Kendrick Lamar, who is likely to be the big victor tonight, and Bruno Mars also picked up early Grammy awards on Sunday in ceremonies ahead of the three-hour televised show celebrating the best in music.

It was painfully reminiscent of last year's Grammys, when Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé, had a field-leading nine nominations and only won in two minor categories.

Lamar won in the music video category for his track HUMBLE., beating Jay-Z's The Story Of O.J. during the pre-televised ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

His high-octane performance was enunciated by comedian Dave Chappelle, who spoke in interludes between the musical segments, explaining why the rapper was perhaps the most risky man in the country.

Bruno already won for aBest R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

The Rolling Stones picked up the third Grammy of their career - for best traditional blues album for "Blue & Lonesome", while Ed Sheeran won best pop vocal album.

- Best rap album: 'DAMN.,' Kendrick Lamar.

- Best pop duo/group performance: "Feel It Still", Portugal. Gambino was joined by young singer-actor, JD McCrary, who matched his vocals and sings on the original track.

"They are my teachers, my foundation; this album wouldn't exist without them", said Mars, who expressed hope his album would inspire feelings of love and joy in his listeners.

"24K Magic" is also nominated for album of the year, the last award to be announced at the Grammys. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee were up for "Despacito" featuring Justin Bieber, Logic's uplifting song about suicide prevention, "1-800-273-8255" featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid was up as well.

Mars gave an energetic and colorful performance of "Finesse" with breakthrough rapper Cardi B; Pink was a vocal powerhouse while she sang "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"; and Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller teamed up for a vibrant performance of "Wild Thoughts".

The viral dance hit that has broken the record for views on YouTube is in the running for both Record of the Year, which recognizes best tune, and Song of the Year, which awards songwriters. Singers Halsey and Dua Lipa, as well as Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody, were some of the first to say they would wear white roses.

The awards were given out before the three-hour televised show got under way, as celebrities including Lady Gaga, Elton John and Lana del Rey made their way down the red carpet in NY.

  • Gwendolyn Kim