R&B artist Bruno Mars won the top prize at the Grammy Awards in another victory for pop-driven music over rap, now the most popular genre in the U.S.
Mars won six Grammys including song of the year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and both record and album of the year for “24K Magic.”
His win denied rappers Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z the honor of becoming the first hip-hop artist in 14 years to win the coveted album of the year award.
Kendrick Lamar, 30, regarded as one of the most innovative rappers of his generation, won five prizes mostly in rap categories for his album “DAMN.” and single “Humble.”
Veteran Jay-Z, whose soul-baring album “4:44” had gone into the show with a leading eight nominations, won nothing and chose not to perform at the three-hour show.
Other notable winners includes: American singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Stapleton for Best Country Album; the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones” about the lives and intertwining careers of producer/record executive Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre, Iovine for Best Music Film; 2016 holdover “La La Land” won Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
American stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle won Best Comedy Album and American singer-songwriter, producer Lisa Loeb was also a first-time Grammy winner for Best Children’s Album. Her “Feel What U Feel” was funded and released by Amazon.
The Grammys awarded artists in 84 categories in multiple genres including classical, jazz, opera, gospel, new age, Christian and Latin music.
The event marks the Grammy Awards’ first return to New York City in 15 years.