Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

How to watch the Grammys

How to watch the Grammys

Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and Travis Scott are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night. Women artistes are leading the nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist.

"This is going to be a special Grammys. 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.

But as with many awards shows, the most entertaining, unpredictable moments are likely to happen before the festivities begin, on the red carpet.

The Times' latest story, which was published on February 7, suggests the artists' rejection may have stemmed from a longstanding tension between the Recording Academy and the hip-hop community. The event also highlighted her organization Fem the Future, which empowers women in music to take on roles as engineers, producers, music video directors and more.

Ironically, in their quest to preserve some fabled bastion of old, white credibility, the Grammys have alienated numerous artists who are redefining the future of popular music, critically and commercially.

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.

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Grande responded to the statements on Twitter saying, "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me".

"I don't think you can say anyone is a front-runner", said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor of Billboard magazine. It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.

Drake and Lamar are both nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year.

They join previously announced performers J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, Arturo Sandoval, and Young Thug.

Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and past Grammy nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin. Pop superstar Ariana Grande called out show producer Ken Ehrlich after he claimed Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".

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