Kendrick Lamar Beats Out JAY-Z At Grammys In NYC

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It was an Empire State of Thoughts on the Grammy Awards on Sunday night time, however not for Brooklyn’s personal JAY-Z, who misplaced the battle for finest rap album to newcomer Kendrick Lamar.

A day after calling President Trump a “superbug,” the “Empire State of Thoughts” rapper took a again seat to Lamar, whose album “Rattling,” beat out JAY-Z’s “four:44.”

However Lamar practiced what he preaches in his hit, “Humble,” giving JAY-Z a shout out in his acceptance speech.

“JAY for President,” he stated, holding his Grammy trophy at Madison Sq. Backyard in Midtown.

Earlier Sunday, Trump tweeted a message in response to JAY-Z’s diss Saturday throughout which he criticized Trump for his “shithole international locations” comment.

“Someone please inform JAY-Z that due to my insurance policies, Black Unemployment has simply been reported to be on the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” Trump tweeted.

Whereas the New York icons squabbled, the world’s most well-known musicians hit the stage Sunday on the World’s Most Well-known Area, bringing the Grammys again to New York Metropolis for the primary time in 15 years.

Singers, songwriters, producers and performers stuffed the Backyard for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards hosted by “The Late, Late Present” host James Corden.

From Bruno Mars to Cardi B, Miley Cyrus and Sir Elton John, the business’s largest stars had been beneath one roof for a present that was extra about performances than prizes.

Certainly, a lot of the awards got out earlier than the present even kicked off at 7:30 p.m. However the three ½-hour broadcast did save time to salute business individuals who died throughout the final yr, together with Chuck Berry and Fat Domino, and have tributes to the victims of live performance violence in Las Vegas and Manchester, England.

Artists additionally highlighted the MeToo motion, carrying symbolic roses to honor victims of sexual assault and harassment. Among the many celebrities to sport white roses on the pink carpet had been Grammys host James Corden, nation icon Reba McEntire, rapper Eve, actresses Anna Kendrick and Zendaya, and pop singers Woman Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora, Alessia Cara and Lana Del Rey.

A whole lot of followers lined up alongside Seventh Ave. between W. 30th and W. 34th St. in hopes of catching a glimpse of their favourite musical stars.

Saskia Taylor, 32, of Manhattan, stated she arrived round four p.m. to get an excellent viewing spot at 31st St. and Seventh Ave.

“To this point, I’ve seen Patrick Starr and Ne-Yo, however I’m simply excited to see anybody,” she stated.

“It’s been so lengthy for the reason that Grammys had been in New York, so this can be a fairly cool New York second. I simply thought, ‘Why not? Why not come out right here and see what occurs?’ ”

Jasmine Fennell, 17, additionally of Manhattan, stated she got here for one cause solely.

“I’m right here to see Ms. Fenty herself,” Fennell stated, utilizing Rihanna’s surname. “Sure, I’m right here to see Rihanna. That’s all I need, to fulfill Rihanna!”

Early winners included Kendrick Lamar for finest music video, Alessia Cara for finest new artist, Ed Sheeran, for finest pop solo efficiency and the late actress Carrie Fisher for finest spoken phrase album for “The Princess Diarist.”

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