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Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

"Just knowing that so many women are nominated this year, looking back from last year to this year when I was on the stage at the Grammys, you could see that I was frustrated about the opportunities and about our visibility as women", said Monae, who gave powerful speech last year ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights.

Beck was a double victor during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colours". "As much as it is about me, it's not just about me", said Monae, who gave a powerful speech a year ago ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights.

Monae's "Dirty Computer" is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show.

Folk singer Brandi Carlile, 37, was also among the early winners, taking two Grammys for her Americana music single "The Joke" and another for her album "By the Way, I Forgive You".

What will the final speech from Neil Portnow - who caused more than a little consternation previous year when he said women needed to "step up" in order to secure broader inclusion - contain? Weeks later, the academy announced that it had hired Tina Tchen, a lawyer and Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, to head a new task force on inclusion and diversity. "I hope you do, dad". The stars glammed up in the name of the 2019 Grammy Awards, and we were more than happy to bear witness to their show-stopping looks.

On Thursday, Grande broke her silence and shot back at Ehrlich in a series of tweets. "Thank you for my family", she said. Gaga tweeted, "I wish so much I was there but am at the Grammys to show them our love as well".




Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game: "that's not what music is to me", she concluded.

Beck has been awarded a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album at the 61st Grammy Awards. "I am such a misfit", she said. 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. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

As for other ways to watch the Grammys, you can also tune into American network CBS.

Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez.

"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".

Alicia Keys hosts the 2019 Grammy Awards, which will features such performers as Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Little Big Town, Janelle Monae, Dolly Parton, Yolanda Adams, Travis Scott, Katy Perry and Diana Ross.


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