Music’s biggest stars gathered Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 60th Grammy Awards. Among the many winners, singer and songwriter Bruno Mars was the biggest winner of the night.

Mars snagged the most-coveted awards of the nights: Record of the Year (“24K Magic”), Album of the Year (“24K Magic”), Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”). He also won awards for Best R&B Performance (“That’s What I Like”), Best R&B Song (“That’s What I Like”) and Best R&B Album (“24K Magic”). It was an eventful night for Bruno Mars as he also captivated audiences with a dynamic performance of his song “Finesse,” which included an appearance by Cardi B.

Kendrick Lamar, who opened the show with a very passionate and energetic performance, won awards for Best Rap Album (“DAMN.”), Best Rap Song (“HUMBLE.”), Best Rap Performance (“HUMBLE.”) and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“LOYALTY.”).

Other memorable performances included a beautiful rendition of “Terrifed” by Childish Gambino, which featured young star JD McCrary. Sam Smith, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and SZA also graced the stage.

This year’s Grammy Awards were praised for its diversified lineup of nominees, yet hip-hop artists failed to win the night’s top awards. Rapper Jay-Z, for example, was nominated for eight awards but left the ceremony emptyhanded. His lack of victory was surprising to some, especially since he had been honored with the 2018 Salute to Industry Icons Award at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. Despite his victories in the rap categories, Kendrick Lamar wasn’t honored with the show’s most prestigious honors either. Bruno Mars’ numerous victories over the hip-hop superstars has reignited the discussion about the complicated relationship between hip-hop and the Grammy Awards.

Hip-hop artists were not the only people snubbed at the Grammy’s. The Recording Academy is under fire for failing to honor more women with awards. During a captivating speech, Janelle Monae spoke about women’s empowerment and later tweeted about the discrepancies between male and female Grammy nominees.

Politics dominated the show as artists presented powerful messages about racial inequality, the #MeToo movement and immigration. The 2018 Grammy Awards was an opportunity for artists to use their platforms to empower marginalized groups.

As artists become more vocal about their opposition to the Recording Academy’s selection of winners, it will be interesting to see if they take this feedback into consideration when choosing next year’s nominees and winners.

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