Sharp drop in ratings for Grammy Awards this year

Mars is one of six male artists to win the most Grammys in a single night.

Sunday's Bruno Mars-loving Grammy Awards took a steep ratings spill by the first-available metrics.

Chris Stapleton, who played Omaha's CenturyLink Center in November, won three awards, country album from "From a Room: Volume 1", country song for "Broken Halos" and solo performance for "Either Way".

During his acceptance speeches, Mars told the audience about his childhood as a 13-year-old boy singing and performing in Hawaii, as a way of explaining what he wanted his album to be.

"I was just saying to someone that it's so commonplace that most of the time women don't even know they've been harassed", said Andra Day, nominated for two R&B Grammys.

"All I wanted to do with this album was that", he told thousands of industry players at Madison Square Garden in NY, where the Grammys temporarily shifted after 15 years in Los Angeles. Some complained that artists of color, especially rappers, should have won in some of the categories instead of Mars. Lamar won five and veteran rapper Jay-Z, who had gone into the show with eight nominations, won nothing. He beat out "Redbone" by Childish Gambino, "The Story of O.J." by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE", Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber's hit "Despacito". The show opened with a bold performance by Lamar. He also won Best R&B Performance for "That's What I Like", Best R&B Song for "That's What I Like", and Best R&B Album "24k Magic". Cohn himself had worn the suit to his granddaughter's wedding, and the outfit was especially flawless for the Grammys as it features white rose motifs on the lapels, dovetailing nicely into the evening's white rose trend in support of the Time's Up initiative fighting gender inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace.

"It has to begin with... women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level..." The charges were later dropped, but Kesha's song was an obvious reference to her battle, and she was joined by about a dozen other women singers backing her up. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer two words: "Time's Up", Monae said. With its conclusion, a new year of musical innovation commences. And, that wasn't the only highlight of her Grammys night.

Neither did the gala hold back from more light-hearted political commentary. Snoop Dogg, John Legend and Cardi B were among those who tried reading from Wolff's book. "The Grammy's in the bag?"

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted on Sunday night her displeasure with the skit.

"I just want to say there are some incredible artists out there making music that deserve to be acknowledged that don't always get acknowledged because of popularity contests or numbers games and that's kind of unfortunate", she said.

Corden's ace-in-the-hole? Getting Mr Trump's political rival Hillary Clinton to be one of the narrators, a move sure to fire up the divisive president.

  • Salvatore Jensen