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Kendrick Lamar and U2 Open the 2018 Grammys With Powerful Performance

Kendrick Lamar and U2 Open the 2018 Grammys With Powerful Performance”

Below, our predictions for who will win the song, album and record and best-new-artist categories - and which artists actually deserve the prizes.

New Zealand's own Lorde is up for the biggest music award of the year tomorrow, but has been snubbed in another way. He's up for country album of the year as well.

Fisher beat Bruce Springsteen's audiobook of his autobiography Born To Run and Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo.

Posthumous awards were bestowed upon Leonard Cohen (best rock performance for "You Want It Darker") and Carrie Fisher (best spoken word album for "The Princess Diarist").

Ending his acceptance speech for best rap album Sunday at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Lamar called out "Jay for president". That bodes well for Lamar taking a few more awards, nearly certainly rap album and perhaps album of the year and record of the year - two of the four top awards. Dozens of artists and music industry players also sported white roses in support of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements against sexual abuse and harassment.

This year's Grammy Awards ceremony at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden skipped the awkward opening monologue by James Corden, the self-described "least diverse host in Grammys history", and instead kicked things off with a powerful cold open from Kendrick Lamar that unflinchingly tackled themes of racism and police brutality.

While Jay-Z is ahead Sunday with eight nominations, prognosticators see fewer clear-cut favorites compared with previous years.

Speaking to AFP when she released her debut album, "Know-It-All", Cara said she wanted to avoid the "usual stupid comparisons" made about teen pop stars.

Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied Kesha's allegations.

"It's disappointing and it's hurtful", Jay-Z said. The single last summer broke records as the most-streamed global track of all time, with more than 4.6 billion plays across leading platforms.

"It appealed to a lot of people".

"I would daydream about winning a GRAMMY one day or even being here, so the fact that I am here is really weird", she admitted.



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