Considered the highest honour in music, the 60th annual Grammy Awards took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time since 2003. According to Hip Hop royalty Diddy, this year saw the most diverse hip hop nomination line-up in history.
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN! cleaned up the hip hop categories with 5 nods for best rap album, music video, rap song, rap performance and rap/sung performance. Bruno Mars was the night’s biggest winner with 6 nods including the three biggest awards; Record of the Year for 24K Magic, Song of the Year for That’s What I Like and Album of the Year for 24K Magic.
A touch of South African flavour could not be missed on the biggest stage in the music;
South African host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah presented legendary comedian Dave Chappelle with a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. Trevor didn’t miss an opportunity to take a shot at American President Donald Trump, saying “That was amazing,I love that song. It takes me back. Like way back, to when Trump wasn’t president.” following Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s Finesse performance.
Iconic South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won the Grammy award for Best World Music Album for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration. This is their fifth Grammy.
The biggest South African flavour yet came in the form of Rihanna doing the Gwara Gwara during her performance for Wild Thoughts featuring Bryson Tiller and DJ Khalid. The gwara gwara is a South African dance move popularized by Durban’s DJ Bongz, Tira and Babes Wodumo.