Hawaii artists at the Grammys: Bruno Mars big winner, regional roots nominees not so much

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Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson brought the “Uptown Funk” to record of the year status on music’s big stage Monday night at the Grammys in Los Angeles.

Coming off of a performance of their retro R&B pop hit at Super Bowl 50 with Beyonce and Coldplay, they were awarded the top trophy Monday by Beyonce herself.

Their song beat out Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard.

“Uptown Funk” also got Ronson and Mars a best pop duo/group performance Grammy.

Mars also introduced Adele’s performance of “All I Ask,” a song he co-wrote with her. Unfortunately, the performance was marred by audio issues.

And despite the inclusion of two Hawaiian music nominees out of five in the best regional roots album category, Keali’i Reichel and Natalie Ai Kamauu lost out to New Orleans funk musician Jon Cleary.

It was the first time in the category’s brief history that two Hawaiian music albums — Reichel’s “Kawaiokalena” and Kamauu’s “La La La La” — were nominees in the same year.

Reichel, however, was a presence during the ceremony held earlier and streamed online, as an awards presenter.

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