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Kendrick Lamar beats Jay-Z in early Grammy Awards race

Kendrick Lamar beats Jay-Z in early Grammy Awards race”

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar stormed ahead at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, winning three statuettes apiece in the pre-show prizes while Jay-Z, who had the most nominations, was left empty-handed in the early awards.

Dave Chappelle, who was part of Lamar's opening performance, won best comedy album during the televised show.

Double winners included Jason Isbell, Justin Hurwitz, CeCe Winans and Chris Stapleton.

The "Star Wars" actress, who died at the age of 60 in 2016, posthumously won the best spoken word album Grammy for her audiobook recording of her 2016 memoir, "The Princess Diarist".

The Rolling Stones picked up their third career Grammy, for best traditional blues album for "Blue & Lonesome", while Ed Sheeran won best pop vocal album. Gambino was joined by young singer-actor, JD McCrary, who matched his vocals and sings on the original track.

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

There were other stand-out performances Sunday night, including a touching tribute to those who lost their lives past year at concerts around the world. Critics felt the Academy failed to recognize the creative and artistic elements of an R&B-based album, in the same ways they have passed over albums by Kanye West, Eminem and Mariah Carey over the years for projects by rock, country and jazz artists.

Lamar's victories came at the expense of veteran Jay-Z and his soul-baring album "4:44".

Other major contenders include Mars, with "24K Magic", his latest return to fun-loving, old-school funk. Mars also danced his heart out on stage with Cardi B in their performance of "Finesse."

If Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's smash hit "Despacito" had won Song or Record of the year, it would have marked the first time a Spanish language track won in either category.

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Janelle Monae may have provided one of the most memorable speeches as she took time to call out the Time's Up and #MeToo movements (which are working to end sexual harassment, sexual abuse and inequality in the workplace) during her introduction for Kesha's emotional performance of "Praying."

Cara said she was wearing a white rose to show support to women not just in the entertainment industry.

And country artists Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris, who appeared at the Las Vegas country music festival where 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded last October, will mark the victims of gun violence and extremist attacks at music events.

This continues Kendrick's growing streak of memorable performances at the awards show, dating back to his Grammy stage debut alongside Imagine Dragons in 2014, where they played a mashup of "m.A.A.d City" and "Radioactive".

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