Malibu Seen: Is There Life on Mars?

Singer Kesha (center) performs on stage during the 2018 Grammy Awards

There sure is. Singing sensation Bruno Mars came home with an armful of Grammys this Sunday, like album of the year plus record of the year for “24K” and song of the year and best R&B song of the year for “That’s What I Like.”  The red carpet was not a sea of black as we saw at the Oscars. Instead of dressing for a fancy funeral, women carried white roses along with their ensemble and their gripes. Instead of #Oscarsowhite, this ceremony was dubbed #Grammyssomale.

In fact, only Alessia Cara took home “Best New Artist.” She was the only woman to make the grade during the televised awards segment. The late great Carrie Fisher took home a posthumous gramophone for the audio recording of her 2016 memoir, “The Princess Diarist.”

Malibu resident Lady Gaga took the stage to perform “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” with Mark Ronson, and singer Kesha’s rendition of her 2017 hit “Praying” brought down the house, with a dozen female vocalists joining her all in white. U2 rocker The Edge—who has been planning to build houses here in town for a decade—performed twice during the show. Another Malibu gal, Miley Cyrus, performed with legendary musician Elton John.

The popular Foo Fighters (founded by Malibu’s Dave Grohl) found itself in the winners’ circle with best rock song, while The Weeknd got best urban contemporary. Kendrick Lamar wrapped up the rap category.

While the musical extravaganza is always the biggest night in the industry, this year a few notes fell flat.