Bruno Mars’ hit single “That’s What I Like” just won Song of the Year at the Sunday night’s 60th Annual Grammys Awards, rewarding the songwriters who worked on the tune.
Mars, who came into the night as the third-most nominated act with six nods and who already took home best R&B performance and best R&B song for "That's What I Like" and best R&B album for 24K Magic earlier in the evening took the stage in dark aviator shades, a sparkling purple jacket and black jeans to pay homage to his crew of over a decade while holding the golden gramophone aloft as his seven-man gang of co-winners sprayed out behind him.
"All the music business horror stories you see in the movies we've been through all of it," he said with a smile. "And this is the first time on this album that we all came collectively as a group and put this song together and put the album together, so fellas it's an honor to share this with ya'll tonight. These are my brothers." Mars then introduced his co-writers, who included Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence and the Stereotypes, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.
“That’s What I Like” served as the second proper single off Mars’ latest poppy album 24k Magic, and it ended up being the most successful track from the relatively short collection. The tune didn’t need long to rise into the top 10 on the Hot 100, where it ended up residing for 28 weeks, making it one of the longest-running top 10 hits of all-time. The track spent a single week at No. 1, giving Mars his seventh leader on the important tally.
The win was all the sweeter since it bested the year's most inescapable hit, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," as well as such stiff competition as JAY-Z's emotional "4:44," Julia Michael's raw "Issues" and Logic's moving anti-suicide anthem "1-800-273-8255."
All but nine of the 84 awards were given out in a ceremony before the show. Janelle Monáe addressed Time’s Up and introduced a performance by Kesha. Guests wore white roses on the red carpet in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.