Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Grammy Awards 2019 FAQ

Grammy Awards 2019 FAQ

The 2019 Grammy Awards take place this Sunday, February 10th, and exclusive broadcasting rights for the music awards show in Canada goes to Rogers Media, which will be airing the Grammys on Citytv.

Women are hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.

The music world hit the red carpet Sunday for the Grammys, with hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women leading the pack - and early awards going to top nominees Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile.

The lead-up to this year's Grammys has not been completely smooth, though.

Pop royalty Gaga meanwhile won an award in the visual media group for her heart-pounding hit "Shallow" of the blockbuster film "A Star Is Born", and another for best pop solo performance for "Joanne".

H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist. "Thank you for being my island", she said.

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"It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you that i decided not to attend".

"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.

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"And I feel like it's a time in this country when women need to support each other and their decisions".

"I've got nothing to say, I'm speechless", she said.

Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys in the show's pre-telecast Sunday, a year after women were nearly muted at the 2018 awards show. Kendrick Lamar leads with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven and Brandi Carlile with six.

Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London.

Drama has also surrounded the Grammys around its Motown Records tribute: Some people complained when a promo aired on CBS showing Jennifer Lopez as the act set to honor the legendary record label, which launched the careers of Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.

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.

Hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys, this year's broadcast features performances by Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes and rapper Cardi B.

Additionally, J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval will join Cabello for the show's opening, while Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day will pay homage to the late Aretha Franklin.

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