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Music´s top stars set for Grammys gala

Music´s top stars set for Grammys gala

The red-carpet, followed by the full event, can be watched live on Grammy's official website as well as on the CBS website.

Genre-bending experimental artist Beck scored the prize for Best Alternative Music Album. In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar all earned record of the year nominations for This Is America, God's Plan and All the Stars, respectively.

Tori Kelly, who debuted on the music scene as a pop singer, won two awards for her first gospel album.

Her six nominations are for Record of the Year ("The Joke"), Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Song of the Year ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Performance ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Song ("The Joke") and Best Americana Album (By the Way, I Forgive You). "I am truly excited to be here hosting the Grammy Awards this year". Gaga also won best song for visual media for "Shallow" and best pop vocal performance for "Joanne" before the show.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys. Alicia Keys had the support of her love Swizz Beatz from the moment she stepped out on the starry night.

This year, 5 of the 8 Album of the Year nominations went to female artists: Cardi B, Carlile, Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and country star Kacey Musgraves.

Six of the best new artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.

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"This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future", Monae said.

This year's nominees mark a departure from the 2018 Grammys, where Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of women in the top categories. "I see you", Monae said.

The lead-up to this year's Grammys has not been completely smooth, though.

It all began when Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told The Associated Press in an article published Thursday that by the time Grande and those running the show reached the point where a performance felt possible, she decided against it because she felt it was "too late for her to pull something together". "I am such a misfit", Carlile said, speaking about the difficulties of coming out as a lesbian in her teen years and never attending school dances.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino - nominees in all or most of the big three categories - also opted out of performing; however, representatives for the artists have not confirmed if they will attend the show.

Others set to perform Sunday included Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone and Chloe x Halle. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember.


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