Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Music´s top stars set for Grammys gala

Music´s top stars set for Grammys gala

Cardi B, who will perform later on Sunday, could break that trend and take home not only her first ever Grammy but potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her Invasion Of Privacy.

Beck was a double victor during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colours".

Rapper Kendrick Lamar - who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album "DAMN." but has yet to snare a Grammy for Album of the Year - earned eight nods while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven. A little later, Gaga was shocked again when her single "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?") won for Best Pop Solo Performance, for which she said she was absolutely shocked. "I'm just so proud to be involved and to go into the studio with such an incredible talent, including the talent that's out there tonight and thank you guys for giving us this platform".

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

Beck's head mastering engineer Emily Lazar announced she was the first female audio engineer to be nominated for a Grammy in 2015. 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 lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.

"God's Plan" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and Drake's Scorpion was nominated for Album of the Year.

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Women have a strong presence in the top categories.

H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist.

Gambino, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover, was one of several influential stars who were no shows at the biggest night in music. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

Top nominees Gaga, Monae, Cardi B, Carlile and country star Kacey Musgraves are all due to take the stage at the Staples Center. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Fifteen-time Grammy Award victor Alicia Keys will host the ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as nominees wait to find out who will take home the win for popular awards like record of the year and album of the year.

The night will also honour the careers of legendary artists Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton.

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