Women top Grammys noms

Donald Glover now has a bleached beard and also a digitally augmented doppelganger

Donald Glover now has a bleached beard and also a digitally augmented doppelganger

But we'll pause there, if only to save our breath for the latest award show drama - this time, concerning the Grammys. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and one scored one nomination, also won't be at the show. Despite being heavily advertised as part of the show, Grande is not performing nor even attending the Sunday ceremony, after she felt producers "insulted" her by asserting too much control over her song choices.

The Grammys' tense relationship with the hip-hop community goes back decades.

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.

"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday". "I feel like we are truly part of a celebration, bringing the light, bringing the energy and continuing to make the statement that music is such an important part of all of our lives", she said in a press preview on February 7, according to Rolling Stone.

Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game: "that's not what music is to me", she concluded. In 1989, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff boycotted the show after they learned that the presentation of the best rap performance award wouldn't be televised, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Shallow" was up against fellow Oscar hopeful "All the Stars" from Black Panther, "Mystery of Love" from Call Me By Your Name, "Remember Me" from Coco and last year's Oscar victor "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman.

Ehrlich, in The Times interview, acknowledged that the Grammys "continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world".

Actor/rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is among those to have apparently turned down the opportunity to perform at this year's Grammy Awards.

But this year, Monae is looking forward to the show, where women are now leading in nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist.

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. Weeks later, the academy announced that it had hired Tina Tchen, a lawyer and Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, to head a new task force on inclusion and diversity.

Red carpet arrivals and interviews will be broadcast live starting at 2 p.m. PT. The annual event will be hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys.

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