Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Grammy Awards 2019: All the best red carpet style

Grammy Awards 2019: All the best red carpet style

Several big stars are not attending the Grammys, including Grande, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards.

Grammy organizers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.

BTS and their creative team being acknowledged by the Recording Academy for their visuals should come as no surprise to their dedicated fans; the group's meticulously plotted artistic narratives and imagery are often intertwined with the deeper meanings in their music.

Ahead of the show, The Recording Academy announced that Lady Gaga won Best Pop Solo Performance for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?) and Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Shallow".

Details: Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic take over hosting duties, and ask the arriving stars what will no doubt be deep, probing questions.

Cardi B, who will perform later on Sunday, could break that trend and take home not only her first ever Grammy but potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her Invasion Of Privacy. This week Ariana Grande blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show. Lady Gaga hit the stage with Mark Ronson to perform a gorgeous rendition of "Shallow" from 'A Star Is Born.' Lady Gaga's vocals are just INSANE!

"His voice was his vision and his music was his peace", his daughter Toni said while accepting the trophy along with her brother.

Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves swept the boards in their respective genre categories, Americana and Country, making the ones to beat in the night's main category - album of the year. "Thank you for being my island", she said.

The Grammys have also struggled with gender inequality, an issue that came to its head a year ago.

They are both up for album of the year, alongside Cardi B, H.E.R., Post Malone and Janelle Monae.

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

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".

"If you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you're a hero in your hometown, if there's people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here", an apparent nod to his Grammy. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember.

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