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

Grammys 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande win

Grammys 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande win

Toni Cornell attends the Grammy Awards in LA wearing her late father Chris Cornell's image on her shirt.

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. Other artists announced to perform on the broadcast include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.

She is up for album of the year ("H.E.R."), best new artist, best R&B performance ("Best Part" featuring Daniel Caesar), best R&B song ("Focus") and best R&B album ("H.E.R.").

It's a far stretch from last year's Grammys, where Lorde was the only women nominated for album of the year and only two women won prizes during the live telecast.

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.

Hugh Jackman, an Emmy and Tony victor, won his first Grammy, picking up best compilation soundtrack for visual media for "The Greatest Showman".

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness.


Six of the best new artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".

Lady Gaga arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on 28 January 2018, in NY.

This year's nominees mark a departure from the 2018 Grammys, where Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of women in the top categories.

Jennifer Lopez will be performing at the Grammys this year.

"Reckless Love" singer Cory Asbury shares a smile beside his wife Anna at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

As for the awards, Lamar leads this year's nominations with a total of eight nods, including album of the year for the "Black Panther" soundtrack followed closely by Drake who scored seven nominations.

Songstress Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy victor, is set to host Sunday's televised ceremony - the first woman to do so in 14 years. 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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