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

The 2019 Grammy Awards

The 2019 Grammy Awards

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

Looming predictions of rain could also put a damper on this year's awards ceremony.

Carlile is the most nominated woman with six nominations, including bids for song and record of the year with "The Joke".

"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".

At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday's show. 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. "This is a moment for women to love on each other and let each other know", she added. This week Ariana Grande blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.

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.

Before this year, Carlile's only other nomination as an artist came in 2016 when her previous record, "The Firewatcher's Daughter", was up for best Americana album.

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Lady Gaga scooped up five nominations including for both Record and Song of the Year for her heart-pounding hit Shallow, which she performed in the film A Star Is Born with co-star Bradley Cooper.

On Thursday, Grande broke her silence and shot back at Ehrlich in a series of tweets. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

When she returned onstage for her second win, she was in shock. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. A study released by the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative days before the ceremony found that of the 899 individuals who had been nominated for the previous six shows, 90.7 percent were men.

The 2019 Grammy Awards will begin at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, hosted by Alicia Keys, herself a 15-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.

"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".

Musgraves, also nominated for best country album, song and performance, said she's been trying to relax this week ahead of the show.

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