Music´s top stars set for Grammys gala

Danny Woods
February 11, 2019

Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys in the show's pre-telecast Sunday, a year after women were nearly muted at the 2018 awards show.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper just won a 2019 Grammy Award together in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.

"From the Motown records I wore out on the (Chicago) Southside to the "Who Run the World" songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story", Obama told the cheering celebrity audience in Los Angeles. "It allows us to hear one another".

From South Korea to music's biggest night! Critics may carp about the Grammy Awards themselves going to bland, middle-of-the-road acts instead of trailblazers, but Grammy red carpet fashion is usually wilder and more fun to gawk at then the self-consciously chic finery stars sport to the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys and more.

They're also the first-ever Korean group to present an award during the ceremony. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. Other artists announced to perform on the broadcast include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.

Ariana Grande 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.

"This is wild and attractive. Thank you for my family", she said.

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This year, five of the eight Album of the Year nominations went to female artists: Cardi B, Carlile, Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and Musgraves.

Keys told CBS news this year´s greater representation from women was "far overdue".

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The soundtrack for superhero movie Black Panther took best score for visual media, while Childish Gambino's searing This Is America, about police brutality and racism, won the best music video trophy.

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.

A performance honoring the legacy of the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is also expected.

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