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

Danny Woods
February 11, 2019

Women artists scored nominations in all of the top categories, after being largely muted a year ago: rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga, pop futurist Janelle Monae and folk rocker Brandi Carlile are among the frontrunners.

Drake and Kendrick Lamar have the most nominations this year and both artists could win a Grammy for album of the year, record of the year, or both!

Monae's groundbreaking album, "Dirty Computer", is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's hit "Shallow" from A Star Is Born picked up the 2019 Grammy Award for best song written for visual media at this year's ceremony.

The three-and-a-half hour extravaganza will feature performances from nominees Chloe X Halle, Grammy-winner Lady Gaga (choosing this over the Bafta film awards), fellow victor Mark Ronson and Grammy nominee Travis Scott fresh off his performance at Super Bowl LIII. In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar all earned record of the year nominations for This Is America, God's Plan and All the Stars, respectively.

Stuff will be live blogging Monday afternoon's Grammy Awards, starting with the red carpet action from midday.

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Ariana Grande also won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.

Twitter has been abuzz with news of the public disagreement between Ariana Grande and Grammy producers. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys. "I have to say, this is a golden age of composing", Kernis said, shouting out his peers in his acceptance speech. 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.

Grande, who pulled out of a planned performance at the ceremony, received best pop album for Sweetener - her first ever Grammy Award.

"It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more", she continued. "I support her and I support her decision", she added.

Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

We couldn't be more excited to see what the 15-time Grammy victor does with this year's show - and we know she's pretty psyched about it too!

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