Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande win early Grammy awards

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande win early Grammy awards

The biggest stars in music have descended on Hollywood for the 61st annual Grammy Awards. It went on to win a Golden Globe at this year's show and is the favorite heading into the Oscars on February 24.

The track will compete for more Grammys, including song of the year, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, where Bradley Cooper is a nominee.

Earlier in the evening, "Shallow" also won the U.K.'s BAFTA award for best original music.

Beck was a double victor during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colors".

Drake is up for seven awards for his latest album "Scorpion". Christian singer Lauren Daigle also won Grammys.

If a three and a half hour award ceremony isn't enough for you, don't worry as Grammy.com has you covered with the Premiere Ceremony starting at 12.30pm PT (3.30pm PT, 8.30pm GMT) and Red Carpet coverage at 2pm PT (5pm ET, 10pm GMT).

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

At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday's show.

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In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women.

"This is going to be a special Grammys". "I'm just so proud to be involved and to go into the studio with such an incredible talent, including the talent that's out there tonight and thank you guys for giving us this platform". "This is a moment for women to love on each other and let each other know", she added.

Women also have a strong presence in song and record of the year, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai.

Among other big names are Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Camilla Cabello, Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Chloe x Halle and Travis Scott.

"This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future", Monae said. Weeks later, the academy announced that it had hired Tina Tchen, a lawyer and Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, to head a new task force on inclusion and diversity.

Ariana Grande, with two nominations in the pop field, pulled out of the show late last week after a dispute with producers over which songs she would perform.

On Thursday, Grande broke her silence and shot back at Ehrlich in a series of tweets. "I see you", Monae said.

"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".

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