Music's top stars hit the Grammys, Carlile and Gaga early winners

Sheila Mcguire
February 11, 2019

From Lady Gaga dressed as a literal star to a Versace-cloaked Nicki Minaj with a priest on her arm, the Grammy Awards red carpet has played host to some of the most weird ensembles ever seen outside of a Heidi Klum Halloween party.

United States audiences can watch the event live from 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT onwards on CBS on Sunday.

Artists scheduled to perform include Diana Ross, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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.

Audra Mae, a Putnam City High School graduate, co-wrote songs tied into three Grammy nods: "Fall in Line", by Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, nominated for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance; "Didn't I", a track from Kelly Clarkson's "Meaning of Life", nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album; and "Church", a track from Fall Out Boy's "M A N I A", nominated for Best Rock Album.

Alicia Keys, former Grammy victor and coach on NBC's "The Voice".

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Gaga's hit song "Shallow" from the movie "A Star is Born" took the Grammy for best song written for visual media, while her "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Going)" won for pop solo performance. The 61st Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday.

"This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future", Monae said.

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.

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.

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Lamar leads all artists with eight nominations, followed by Drake (7), Carlile (6), producer Boi-1da (6), Cardi B (5) and Childish Gambino (5). Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and one scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys.

Late night host James Corden, the host of the 2017 and 2018 Grammys, will be getting a rest this year, as 15-time Grammy Award victor Alicia Keys will be hosting.

A performance honoring the legacy of the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is also expected.

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