Women Dominate Grammy Nominations

Donald Glover now has a bleached beard and also a digitally augmented doppelganger

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While last year's show was held in NY - for the first time since 2003 - the 61st Grammys are back in Los Angeles.

It looks like the Grammy Awards will be embroiled in drama, yet again.

It's been an exceptionally tiring few months for the entertainment world, between fervent backlash to the Super Bowl halftime show lineup and the hullabaloo over who would host the Oscars (no one), how many nominations polarising films Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody would receive (five each), how many original song nominees would be performing live (all of them, apparently thanks to Lady Gaga) and, well. we could go on.

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. Best new artist Alessia Cara was the only woman to receive her own award during the telecast, and Lorde, the sole woman to earn an album of the year nomination, was not invited to perform her own music.

But controversy was threatening the gala before it even began, with a number of superstars declining to take part in the show's glitzy concert portion.

Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino - the rap alter-ego of actor Donald Glover - have also all turned down performance offers, and it was not clear if they would even attend.

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino Denied Grammy Performances
Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and past Grammy nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin . Grande responded to the statements on Twitter saying, "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me".


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

The brazen comment drew outrage and prompted the executive, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer.

Artists scheduled to perform include Diana Ross, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Women also have a strong presence in those top categories, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai. The annual event will be hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys. Alicia Keys is hosting this year's event - and she's the first woman to do so in over a decade.

She hailed the importance "particularly for women to have our seat at the table, to represent the fact that we are so here and so incredible and we are the creators of our music".

"I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken", she wrote Thursday afternoon.

If you want to watch the celebrities walk the red carpet, tune in early to watch the live streaming on the official Grammy Awards website, Grammy.com.

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