The music and entertainment world will hit the red carpet on Sunday 10th February 2019 for the Grammys, with a wider selection of nominees, led by hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women up for the top prizes.
The televised bash happening in Los Angeles, which kicks off at 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday) at the Staples Center, is filled with controversy, as the Recording Academy struggles with how to embrace diversity in its ranks.
For the second consecutive time, black hip-hop artists are leading the nomination chart, but we wonder if nomination success can ever translate into actual wins.
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 rapper Drake snagged seven.
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 front-runners. Six among the eight nominees in the Best New Artist category are women.
While the excitement was on for the traditional glamour show, controversy threatened the gala before it began, with a number of superstars saying ‘No’ to the invitations to perform at the concert.
Pop star Ariana Grande — who dropped her much anticipated album “Thank U, Next” just before the Grammys, slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, she said he was “lying” about her readiness to show up.
Canadian rapper Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino – the rap alter-ego of actor Donald Glover – have also turned down performance invitations, we aren’t sure yet if they would attend at all.
Female artist are all hoping to get their space after the head of the Recording Academy which includes more than 13,000 music professionals told them last year to step up their game if they want to do better on next Grammy.