The live ceremony in Los Angeles could see Cardi B take home her first ever Grammy and potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her "Invasion of Privacy". Despite being heavily advertised as part of the show, Grande is not performing nor even attending the Sunday ceremony, after she felt producers "insulted" her by asserting too much control over her song choices.
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. "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.
"This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future", Monae said.
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Lonzo Ball, who has been out since January 19 with a grade 3 left ankle sprain, could make his return after the All-Star break. Playing for Magic Johnson and playing with LeBron James is about the best situation possible for a young star.
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.
Carlile told the AP she stands behind Grande's "decision to stand up for herself and her art".
The Grammys are a beast of an award show. "I am truly excited to be here hosting the Grammy Awards this year". Some prominent figures whom the Grammys have "alienated", per The Times, include Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who called out the 2018 Grammys specifically on a track from Everything Is Love, his joint album with wife Beyonce.
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The Legends will head back to Atlanta to regroup before heading out next week to play the San Diego Fleet on the road. He also caught a touchdown pass from Marshall on Orlando's own version of the famous "Philly Special".
The Grammys have also struggled with gender inequality, an issue that came to its head past year.
But this year, Monae is looking forward to the show, where women are now leading in nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist. 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. Portnow announced later in the year that he would not seek to extend his contract, which ends this year.
To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets. The annual event will be hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys.
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For example, in 2003, BAFTA honored Roman Polanski, a United States fugitive who faces charges of raping a 13-year-old girl, with the David Lean Award for Direction.
Stuff will be live blogging Monday afternoon's Grammy Awards, starting with the red carpet action from midday.