Australia's Hillsong Worship has won a Grammy Award while rapper Jay-Z suffered a long, excruciating snub as Bruno Mars victoriously sang and danced his way to dominate music's biggest night.
Jay-Z, with wife Beyonce and six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy by his side, entered Madison Square Garden in New York with nine nominations - the most of any artist - and was expected to dominate.
Mars was the victor taking Album of the Year and Record of the Year for 24K Magic and Song of the Year for That's What I Like.
New Zealand's chart topper Lorde, nominated for Album of the Year for Melodrama, also fell victim to Mars' sweep of the ceremony.
"To the other nominees in this category Lorde, Kung Fu Kenny (Kendrick Lamar), Jay-Z and (Childish) Gambino, you guys are the reason I'm in the studio pulling my hair out because I know you will only come with top shelf artistry," Mars said in his Album of the Year victory speech.
Jay-Z had to sit in his seat empty-handed for 3.5 hours, with Lamar also dominating the rap categories including best rap album.
Hillsong Worship, formed out of the Sydney megachurch, received the award in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for What A Beautiful Name.
"This is an absolutely incredible honour," Brooke Ligertwood, who accepted the award with Ben Fielding, said.
The win halted a rough stretch for Australian artists Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sia Furler and Sydney trio Mansionair missing out on awards earlier during the ceremony.
Sia was nominated in the Best Song Written for Film or TV category for Never Give Up, featured in the Nicole Kidman, Oscar-nominated Australian produced film Lion, but the Grammy went to Lin-Manuel Miranda for Disney's Moana song How Far I'll Go.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and director Andrew Dominik began Australia's losing streak when they were overlooked in the Best Music Film category for One More Time With Feeling.
The Defiant Ones won the Grammy.
Sydney trio Mansionair were nominated in the Best Dance Recording category for their collaborative effort Line Of Sight with Seattle electronic duo Odesza, but they were beaten for the Grammy by LCD Soundsystem for Tonite.
The ceremony challenged US President Donald Trump's plans to restrict immigration, with multiple artists calling him out including U2 who performed on the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop.
A skit also involved Snoop Dogg, Cher and other celebrities reading passages from Michael Wolff's new Fire and Fury expose on the Trump White House.
The skit ended with Trump's rival Hillary Clinton reading a passage.
Kesha, in an emotional performance of Praying, and Janelle Monae, in a stirring speech, bolstered the tsunami-like Time's Up movement that is targetting harassment, abuse of power, pay inequality and discrimination.
"We come in peace but we mean business and to those who would dare try and silence us we offer two words: Time's Up," Monae said.