Pop singer Ariana Grande recently tweeted that she pulled out of performing this year due to a creative disagreement with its producers, while rappers Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover), Drake and Kendrick Lamar all reportedly turned down offers from the show, which has a fraught history with hip-hop artists. I got to thank God, thank you for looking out for me.
Keys told CBS news this year´s greater representation from women was "far overdue".
Gaga's initial 2 wins were out of 5 nominations, including for both Record and Song of the Year for "Shallow", which she performed with co-star Bradley Cooper.
Some of the most talented people in the music industry will come together on Sunday night to attend the 61st annual Grammy Awards presentation. Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.
But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys. "This is a business where sometimes, you know, it's up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from NY or anybody else or a brother from Houston.my brother Travis [Scott]".
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Grammy organizers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest. Drake's "Nice for What" lost to Anderson Paak's "Bubblin"' and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake's "King's Dead", from the "Black Panther" soundtrack.
"The performance is based off of my grandma's childhood, and I have my family in the performance", she said on the red carpet. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.
"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".
Hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys, this year's broadcast features performances by Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes and rapper Cardi B. Before the telecast even started, Carlile won three GRAMMYs in a row, one for Best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You, Best American Roots Song for "The Joke" and Best American Roots Performance also for "The Joke".
Sunday's show will include performances by Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, Dolly Parton, Janelle Monae, Shawn Mendes, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.