"Uptown Funk," the retro party anthem by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars that is among the most successful singles ever on the charts, on Monday won the Grammy for the Record of the Year.
"Uptown Funk" beat out other chart-topping tracks including Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" to win the award, one of the most prestigious Grammys which recognizes songs including their performers.
Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for her blockbuster "1989."
Taking the stage, Swift highlighted her role as the first woman to win the top Grammy twice and warned women against those "who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame."
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won Song of the Year for "Thinking Out Loud," a bare guitar ballad that made history as a viral hit.
Sheeran shared the award with his co-writer Amy Wadge, a British folk artist. Song of the Year recognizes songwriting, while Record of the Year, a category in which "Thinking Out Loud" was also nominated, looks at the overall song.
Kendrick Lamar won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for "To Pimp a Butterfly," raising expectations of a strong night for the politically charged artist.
Lamar is also in contention for the most prestigious Album of the Year for "To Pimp a Butterfly," a meditative look at the state of black America interspersed with jazz and spoken word. The win was his fifth of the night so far on 11 nominations.
Skrillex and Diplo, the Los Angeles electronic producers responsible for Justin Bieber's recent musical pivot, swept the Grammys in the dance music category.
The duo won the Grammys for Best Dance/Electronic Album for "Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U" and Best Dance Recording for "Where Are U Now," a song that features Bieber.
Meanwhile, R&B superstar Rihanna abruptly canceled her performance at the Grammys.
Rihanna was spotted entering the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the ceremony went ahead, skipping her performance.
A schedule for the telecast had stated that Rihanna, who is promoting a new album, would perform her song "Kiss It Better."
The celebrity news website TMZ said she was suffering bronchitis and decided to drop the performance to avoid damaging her voice.
Rihanna is scheduled to open a world tour later this month. A representative for the Barbados-born singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
List of winners at the 58th annual Grammy Awards:
- Record of the year: "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
- Album of the year: "1989," Taylor Swift.
- Best new artist: Meghan Trainor.
- Song of the year (songwriter's award): "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge.
- Best pop solo performance: "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran.
- Best pop duo/group performance: "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
- Best traditional pop vocal album: "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern," Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap.
- Best pop vocal album: "1989," Taylor Swift.
- Best dance recording: "Where Are U Now," Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber.
- Best dance/electronic album: "Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U," Skrillex and Diplo.
- Best rock performance: "Don't Wanna Fight," Alabama Shakes.
- Best rock song: Alabama Shakes' "Don't Wanna Fight."
- Best rock album: "Drones," Muse.
- Best metal performance: "Cirice," Ghost.
- Best alternative music album: "Sound & Color," Alabama Shakes.
- Best urban contemporary album: "Beauty Behind the Madness," The Weeknd.
- Best R&B song: D'Angelo and The Vanguard's "Really Love."
- Best R&B performance: "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)," The Weekend.
- Best R&B album: "Black Messiah," D'Angelo and The Vanguard.
- Best rap performance: "Alright," Kendrick Lamar.
- Best rap/sung collaboration: "These Walls," Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat.
- Best rap album: "To Pimp a Butterfly," Kendrick Lamar.
- Best rap song: Kendrick Lamar's "Alright."
- Best country album: "Traveller," Chris Stapleton.
- Best country solo: "Traveller," Chris Stapleton.
- Best country duo/group performance: "Girl Crush," Little Big Town.
- Best country song: Little Big Town's "Girl Crush."
- Best musical theater album: "Hamilton."
(With AFP and AP)