Women Dominate Grammy Nominations

Women Dominate Grammy Nominations

Ariana Grande also 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. Ehrlich told The New York Times in an article also published on Thursday that the rappers had also declined his invitations to perform at the show.

Childish Gambino's searing "This is America" became the first hip-hop track to win a song of the year Grammy on Sunday, while Lady Gaga dominated the early awards and former USA first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the event. A little later, Gaga was shocked again when her single "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?") won for Best Pop Solo Performance, for which she said she was absolutely shocked. Although Beck was not present to accept the award, his producer Greg Kurstin accepted the Grammy on his behalf.

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. I'm so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic. "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".

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead this year's nominations, with eight and seven respectively.

Women have a strong presence in the top categories.

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"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".

Only two albums by hip-hop artists have ever won the album of the year Grammy - Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999, and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004 Rappers Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys) and Drake's best-seller Scorpion are also vying for the top prize.

When asked soon after the show about the lack of female winners, academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" - now-infamous words that instantly drew outrage, and which he said were taken out of context. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

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Fifteen-time Grammy Award victor Alicia Keys will host the ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as nominees wait to find out who will take home the win for popular awards like record of the year and album of the year. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.

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