Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar showdown at Grammy Awards

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Following his electrifying appearance, Lamar took home the album Best Rap/Sung Performance for "LOYALTY." featuring Rihanna.

Kendrick Lamar has opened the 60th Grammy Awards with a performance of "XXX" from his album "DAMN".

It's fitting that the GRAMMYs will be held in NY this year, rather than the award show's usual home at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. And the first award of the year went to a New York City artist, as Brooklyn-based LCD Soundsystem won best dance recording for "Tonite".

Country singer Reba McEntire and Americana music band The Mavericks were among those wearing white roses as a symbol of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, as the Time's Up movement spread from Hollywood to the music industry.

"This is unbelievable", Stapleton said onstage.

Childish Gambino, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover, won his first ever Grammy for "Redbone" which was named best traditional R&B performance. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, both Oscar and Tony winners, won best musical theater album for "Dear Evan Hansen", shared with Tony victor Ben Platt.

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Prior to the telecast, The Weeknd's "Starboy" picked up a Grammy for best urban contemporary album.

Bruno Mars also collected three early awards while Jay-Z is yet to triumph ahead of the main event at Madison Square Garden despite leading the way for nominations, with eight.

British talent were left out of the major categories, but Ed Sheeran's Divide is up for best pop vocal album, while his track Shape Of You is nominated for best pop solo performance.

- Best alternative music album: "Sleep Well Beast", The National.

Posthumous Grammys were also handed out to actress Carrie Fisher, singer Leonard Cohen and engineer Tom Coyne, who worked on Mars' "24K Magic" album.

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