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Here’s Who Really Came Out Victorious At The 2018 GRAMMY Awards

While Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar swept up at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, the REAL winners of music’s biggest night didn’t need a trophy.

It seemed as though the Recording Academy had finally heard the plights of urban artists everywhere when they announced the colorized list of nominees last month. Not only were JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar competing for the most coveted Album of the Year award, but also a handful of women like Rapsody, Cardi B, and SZA, were nominated for the first time.

Yet, after weeks of unforeseen hype and rigorous marketing for music’s biggest night, the 2018 GRAMMY Awards ended up pulling the ultimate con on the Hip-Hop & R&B community. Bruno Mars ended up sweeping up the top categories including Album Of The Year and Record of the Year. Kendrick Lamar dominated the Rap categories with ease while Childish Gambino and The Weeknd snatched up the rest of the R&B categories.

It’s an understatement to say this year’s snubs were real. 2017’s most glorified artists were indeed robbed. However, in reality the “losers” are the ones who truly came out victorious.

JAY-Z didn’t take home any of the awards he was nominated for, but he did claim the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award the night before and was endorsed to run for President by Kendrick Lamar. SZA didn’t get to claim any awards and lost ‘Best New Artist’ to Alessia Cara. Yet, the industry knows she had the best R&B album of 2017, and put on one of the best performances of the night on the GRAMMY Stage. At least she won’t have to deal with the effects of the long-rumored “New Artist Curse.”

The biggest upset of the night was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” losing out on two major awards. Even after their loss, both Latin artists proved that already won the world over when they got everyone (inside Madison Square Garden and those watching at home) off their feet by performing the most successful Latin song in America since “La Macarena.”

There were only 11 female winners of the 84 who were nominated, which is sad to say the least. However, the powerful women spearheading the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements turned out to the be the real winners at the GRAMMYs. Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, and the rest of the women who had Kesha’s back during her emotional performance of “Praying” made a tear-jerking statement that hit the hearts of afflicted women and supportive men everywhere.

It’s no secret that Hip-Hop & R&B artists have been underestimated by the Recording Academy for decades. But in the end, numbers don’t lie. JAY-Z and the first-time nominees of color — Migos, 6lack, GoldLink, Rapsody, Cardi B, Logic, Khalid, SZA — broke the mold the Recording Academy spent 60 years preserving with their music within the last year. They all proved they’re more than worthy to be apart of the revered winner’s circle even without a golden trophy.

We know the aforementioned snubbed artists are the true winners, but below are the Academy’s official GRAMMY recipients.

Best Rap/Sung Performance

6LACK – ‘Prblms’
GoldLink – ‘Crew’
JAY-Z – ‘Family Feud’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘LOYALTY.’ – WINNER
SZA – ‘Love Galore’

Best Rap Performance

Big Sean – ‘Bounce Back’
Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’
JAY-Z – ‘4:44’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ – WINNER
Migos – ‘Bad & Boujee’

Best Rap Song

Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’
Danger Mouse – ‘Chase Me’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ – WINNER
Rapsody – ‘Chase Me’
JAY-Z – ‘The Story Of OJ’

Best Music Video

Beck – ‘Up All Night’
Jain – ‘Makeba’
JAY-Z – ‘The Story Of OJ’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ – WINNER
Logic – ‘1-800-273-8255’

Best R&B Performance

SZA – ‘The Weekend’
Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’ – WINNER
Kehlani – ‘Distraction’
Ledisi – ‘All The Way’
Mai Music – ‘Still’

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Ledisi – ‘All The Way’
Mai Music – ‘Still’
Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’ – WINNER
Anthony Hamilton – ‘What I’m Feelin’
The Baylor Project – ‘Laugh And Move On’

Best R&B Song

Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
PJ Morton – ‘First Began’
Khalid – ‘Location’
SZA – ‘Supermodel’
Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’ – WINNER

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Weeknd – Starboy – WINNER
SZA – Ctrl
6LACK – FREE 6LACK
Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
Khalid – American Teen

Best R&B Album

PJ Morton – Gumbo
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic – WINNER
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Ledisi – Let Love Rule
Musiq Soulchild – Feel The Real

Best Rap Album

JAY-Z — 4:44
Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. – WINNER
Migos — C U L T U R E
Rapsody — Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator — Flower Boy

Song of the Year

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – ‘Despacito’
JAY-Z – ‘4:44’
Julia Michaels – ‘Issues’
Logic – ‘1-800-273-8255’
Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’ – WINNER

Record of the Year

Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – ‘Despacito’
JAY-Z – ‘Story of O.J.’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE’
Bruno Mars – ’24k Magic’ – WINNER

Album of the Year

Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – JAY-Z
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars – WINNER

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