American singer-songwriter, Peter Gene Hernandez popularly known as Bruno Mars, has won the top three awards: Best Album, Best Record and Song of the year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
At the gala awards ceremony on Sunday evening at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Mars has won in all six categories he was nominated for, edging out rapper Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.
The 32-year-old singer, won Album of the Year, for “24K Magic” as well as Record of the Year, which recognizes top tune, for the title track — a tale of good times with beautiful women set to 1980s-style synths and rhythms.
Speaking onstage, he paid tribute to his fellow nominees, saying: “You guys are the reason why I’m in the studio pulling my hair out”.
He also told the story of how, as a 15-year-old in Hawaii, he performed in a show called The Magic of Polynesia, singing songs by R&B writers Babyface, Jam & Lewis and Teddy Riley.
“I’ll be honest, I was incredible at 15,” he laughed, before explaining how he’d wanted to recapture the sounds of those 80s and 90s hits on his latest album.
“Those songs were written with nothing but joy… and that’s all I wanted to bring with this album. Hopefully I could feel that again and see everybody dancing and everybody moving.”
List of the winners in key categories:
Album of the Year: Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Record of the Year (for overall performance of a song): Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Song of the Year (for songwriting): Bruno Mars along with songwriters Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy and Philip Lawrence and production team The Stereotypes, “That’s What I Like”
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, “Divide”
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Best Rap/Sung Performance: Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”
Best R&B Album: Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Best R&B Song: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Best R&B Performance: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Best Rock Album: The War on Drugs, “A Deeper Understanding”
Best Rock Performance: Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker”
Best Alternative Music Album: The National, “Sleep Well Beast”
Best World Music Album: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Kraftwerk, “3-D The Catalogue”
Best Music Video: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, “From a Room, Volume 1”