2018 Year-In-Review: Bruno Mars Makes History With Grammy’s Sweep

Published: Thursday 6th Dec 2018 by Rashad

Whether scribbled in history books for some good, great, or awesomely bad reasons, 2018 brought with it some of modern Pop culture’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we reflect on Bruno Mars’ historic Grammy sweep:

Bruno Mars entered the 60th annual Grammy Awards with a whopping 7 nominations for work found on his critically and commercially acclaimed 2016 album, ’24K Magic.’  When he exited the 60th annual Grammy Awards, he walked away with 7 awards.

All of the night’s most coveted awards went to Mars for his funk-infused 24K Magic, which won Album of the Year, and the songs “24K Magic” and “That’s What I Like,” which won Record and Song of the year, respectively. Mars cleaned up in four other categories as well: Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, making him the year’s most decorated artist. [source]

One of few times an artist was so heavily nominated and won every award, Mars – in addition to being the year’s most decorated artist – saw his name penciled in Grammy history books for his out-of-this-world sweep.  Thanks to his 7 wins he became:

  • Only male artist in history to win record and song of the year for two different songs from the same album
  • 6th R&B artist in history to win ‘Album of the Year’ (only Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, and Ray Charles before him)
  • 9th artist in history to win 6 or more awards at one ceremony
  • 10th artist in history to win Record, Song, and Album of the year at one ceremony


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  1. Tarter_sauce December 6, 2018

    Thats good for him. I dont think anyone will be watching this year. If beyonce isnt there and doesnt go im not watching.
    Who else is there to watch?
    I can see bruno mars live.

  2. Rey December 6, 2018

    How amazing would it be if a black person could “sweep” the Grammys making black music…

    • Meme December 6, 2018

      Chile please Kendrick and his last album was the closet thing to doing that. Black artist just aren’t putting out strong enough body of work that is album of the year worthy IMO. Y’all cry Beyonce was robbed but did y’all listen to that album?

      • B2B December 6, 2018

        @meme Beyoncé was robbed and please tell me what whites or Hispanics are putting out that’s so great? It all comes down to your preference. I cannot stand people like you who try to generalize as if blacks aren’t the foundation of this music industry, past, present and future. You probably thought Adele earned her aoty. Lemonade, 4, and Beyonce are great bodies of work. I’d put any of the three against 21 or 25, and Bey will come out on top IMO

      • Bianca December 6, 2018

        i agree with u ppl cant get past the videos to actually listen to the music which is exactly the purpose. cover up mediocre at best music with stellar videos. that’s what captivates the ppl cuz u can’t listen to lemonade driving or cleaning unless u are a die hard fan. i tried several times and its horrible.

    • Bam December 6, 2018

      Well considering Bruno used a sound that has been abandoned by blacks I don’t see how we can be mad at him. Our artist need to get out of trap and into other more lively sounds. It is horrible that for as long as the Grammys have existed only 6 r&b albums have won album of the year.

      • DanYiel December 6, 2018

        A sound that’s not been accepted by the mainstream media but since Bruno Mars is of a hue that’s not caucasian.??‍♂️

  3. AdeleFan December 6, 2018

    Bruno mars is not white so a person of color did sweep the grammys. Black ppl always want only blacks to do something yet they barely support each other.

  4. Brent Christopher December 6, 2018

    Cardi B will be first rap artist to win ALBUM OF THE YEAR! She will receive 8 nominations tomorrow when the announcements are made.

    • King of King’s December 6, 2018

      ?u do kno Lauryn Hill & Outxasr have already won Album Of the year therefore she wouldn’t be the first & don’t hold ya breath on her winning either ?

      • Brent Christopher December 6, 2018

        You are absolutely right! I totally forgot about Lauryn Hill. I should have been more conscious. It simply has been so long. The Grammy committee really ARE going to grant her the most nominations tomorrow tho. It’s inevitable.

  5. DanYiel December 6, 2018

    Wow what’s sad is the Grammy awards hasn’t been the same since the 90’s & 00’s!!??‍♂️

  6. Tino December 6, 2018

    Bruno is a overrated thief

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