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Bruno Mars surprises with Grammy sweep

NEW YORK: Bruno Mars, who has revived retro funk and R&B for a new generation, on Sunday swept the Grammy Awards in a surprise snub for the hip-hop world, which had hoped for a major breakthrough on the music industry's biggest night. The industry seized on its annual gala to rally on behalf of the growing women's movement against sexual harassment, with pop singer Kesha delivering a fierce performance about her own abuse story. But for the awards, the feel-good Mars carried the night. He won the top prize, Album…

Rap mogul Jay-Z leads Grammys race with eight nods

NEW YORK: Jay-Z led Grammy nominations Tuesday with eight nods, followed closely by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar with seven, in a striking embrace of hip-hop for the music industry's top prizes. Jay-Z, who had never before been nominated in a major category as a solo artist, is up for Album of the Year for his "4:44" as well as for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. "4:44" marked a return to music by the 47-year-old Jay-Z after years focused on business ventures. The album put on display an unusually…