Grammys the latest casualty of this tumultuous award season

Grammys the latest casualty of this tumultuous award season

Grammys the latest casualty of this tumultuous award season

Before this year's Grammys, Beck won five previous times, including his 2015 awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase. Falguni "Falu" Shah is nominated in Best Children's Album category for her album Falu's Bazaar, Snatam Kaur Khalsa is nominated in New Age Album category for his album Beloved and Prashant Mistry (Engine-Earz Experiment) is nominated in Best Immersive Audio Album category for his album Symbol.

Women also have a strong presence in song and record of the year, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai.

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 on stage.

Fans and fashion critics alike will be weighing in on the good, the bad and the "what were they thinking?" celebrity attire on the red carpet at the awards show, which will air live on CBS at 8 p.m.

Fast forward 30 years, and the Grammys are still accused of mistreating hip-hop and R&B artists, who rarely take home awards in top categories. "As much as I'm nominated, I would not be anything without the village of women who are walking into their truth", she said.

"Yes, we have so much more work to do, but this is a moment to be celebrated". "I relax more ... when I know that I am supported by other women ... and I feel like I can do anything".

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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. Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy", Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour", Brandi Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You" and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention.

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

Yet Sunday's show, billed as music's biggest night, is going ahead without leading nominees Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover.

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.

The lead-up to this year's Grammys has not been completely smooth, though. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

Hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys, this year's broadcast features performances by Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes and rapper Cardi B. 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.

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