Women Dominate Grammy Nominations

LOS ANGELES CA- FEBRUARY 08 H.E.R. performs during Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx

The biggest stars in music have descended on Hollywood for the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Eastern on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Gaga, now an eight-time Grammy victor, won best pop solo performance for "Joanne", while her hit "Shallow" was named best song written for visual media.

Unsurprisingly and well-deservedly, Childish Gambino was given best music video for "This Is America".

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

"If there´s a little girl waiting up late to see me sing on the Grammys, then I´m happy I´m here".

Dave Chappelle and "Weird Al" Yankovic picked up early awards ahead of the live show, which was scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m.

Women have a strong presence in the top categories.

Janelle Monae remembers being frustrated at last year's Grammy Awards, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the night's top award, Lorde, didn't get a chance to perform onstage.

Her six nominations are for Record of the Year ("The Joke"), Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Song of the Year ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Performance ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Song ("The Joke") and Best Americana Album (By the Way, I Forgive You).

"This is going to be a special Grammys".

"The performance is based off of my grandma's childhood, and I have my family in the performance", she said on the red carpet. Alicia Keys had the support of her love Swizz Beatz from the moment she stepped out on the starry night.

Viewers can expect performances from Miley Cyrus, Yolanda Adams, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Cardi B, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, H.E.R. and more. The song and album is also up for record of the year and album of the year, respectively.

Lady Gaga scooped up five nominations including for both Record and Song of the Year for her heart-pounding hit "Shallow", which she performed in the film "A Star Is Born" with co-star Bradley Cooper.

What will the final speech from Neil Portnow - who caused more than a little consternation previous year when he said women needed to "step up" in order to secure broader inclusion - contain?

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. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

But the Grammys are just the latest accomplishment for the Korean boy band this year.

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar have won early Grammy awards as the ceremony gets underway in LA.

Ehrlich told the AP that Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together". "This is a business where sometimes, you know, it's up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from NY or anybody else or a brother from Houston.my brother Travis [Scott]". "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".

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