Bruno Mars grabs (nearly) all the Grammys

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar stole the show, and most of the awards, at the 2018 Grammys.
Kesha performs Praying
image: Evening Wear

Mars provided the night's big upset, taking the album of the year trophy that most critics assumed would go to Lamar's rap tour de force, Damn.

In the end, voters found Mars's crowd-pleasing R&B more palatable, while Lamar dominated the rap categories.

Alessia Cara won best new artist - making her the only female artist to win a major prize.

Stars like Lady Gaga, Kesha, Lorde and SZA were overlooked, with only 17 awards (out of a total of 86) going to women or female-fronted bands.

She was backed by an all-star choir, including Cyndi Lauper and Camila Cabello, who were dressed in white to reflect the white rose campaign.

The night's other pivotal moment was a tribute to the music-loving victims of the tragedies in Manchester and Las Vegas.

Handwritten notes bearing the names of the dead were projected on the stage as country music stars Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven.

All three acts played at the Route 91 festival last October before a gunman opened fire on the audience, killing 58.

"All of country music was reminded in the most tragic way the connection we share with fans and the loving power that music will always provide," said Eric Church, choking back tears.

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The Moon Over Marine Serre A just-out-of-school designer captivates fashion’s toughest crowd

The cornerstone of Marine Serre’s 2016 graduation collection from La Cambre, the Belgian design school, was a print of a tiny crescent moon. Although the celestial symbol has links to a number of cultures and religions, it is most commonly associated with Islam, and it was in that context that Serre used it in her collection, which she named “Radical Call for Love.” Born in 1991, Serre is French, part of a generation that has grown up fearing terrorism but also the reaction to terrorism. The attacks in Paris in November 2015 and in Brussels four months later occurred during her final year at La Cambre. Her collection, which included references to 19th-century dress and contemporary sportswear, was a response to those events, although Serre stopped short of calling it a political statement.

Sitting on the jury at the La Cambre student show was Romain Joste, who, with Anaïs Lafarge and Guillaume Steinmetz, founded the Paris concept store the Broken Arm. Joste, unable to pinpoint the exact feelings Serre’s collection had elicited in him — a plus in his view — invited her to meet his partners in Paris. There, they offered to put some of her garments in the shop’s windows during Fashion Week. In 1984, a London boutique had done the same thing for a guy named Galliano. The Broken Arm owners also told Serre they’d help pay to produce the roughly 15 styles.

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Fashion first marks start of race season

A City of Perth decision to shift ,000 in sponsorship money from the Hopman Cup to the Perth Fashion Festival has drawn concern from some councillors.
Jasmin Lee Clarke, Regan Powell and Astyn ******kby. Picture: Robert Dougherty
The successful motions came during a sometimes tense council meeting on
 Tuesday night.
Under the original council proposals, the prestigious annual tennis tournament would get 5,000 a year for three years while the fashion festival would be handed 0,000 this year.
But Cllr Janet Davidson moved to cut ,000 a year from the Hopman Cup, saying it was already heavily sponsored by the State Government.
Cllr Davidson also moved to amend a following motion to consider funding for the fashion festival, saying it should get an extra ,000 this year.
The proposed sponsorship amounts had been calculated after measuring each event’s value to the City.

Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios, who voted against the increase in fashion festival funding, said the event had collected more than million from the council since 2000.
“What concerns me is the level of interest this item generates every year,” he said.
“At what point do you stop giving such massive amounts of money to one particular group.
“We need to be careful that we’re not seen by our constituents to favour one event over another.”
The fashion festival amendment was passed five votes to three, with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, a patron of the festival, leaving the chamber during the debate.
A bid by Cllr Reece Harley to boost sponsorship for the NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony from 14 to ,000 was rejected.

Race-goers were treated to a perfect Saturday afternoon under a cloudless sky for the Broome Turf Club’s first racing round at the weekend.
There was plenty of socialising, with about 3000 people filtering through the gates to see the six-event program, which ranged from a 1100m sprint to a 1300m format, on a pristine track.
MCs Robin Strauss of Divers Tavern and Broome Advertiser’s Ashlie Williamson guided crowds through the club’s first Fashions on the Field event.
The Broome International Airport feature race was a firm favourite for many trainers and punters, offering ,000 of the total ,500 prize purse available.
Club chief executive Paul Rossiter said people were well-behaved and the event was an excellent start to the season.
The next meeting is expected to be held on Saturday, June 17.

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