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Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino reportedly declined to perform Sunday night Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino reportedly declined to perform Sunday night
Stacy Diaz | 10 February, 2019, 23:11

Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. Taylor Swift, who is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, is also expected to skip the show.

"This is going to be a special Grammys".

R&B singer Alicia Keys hosts a female-flavored Grammy Awards show on Sunday featuring performances by Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton, but which risks being overshadowed by the absence of some of music's most influential stars.

Cardi B., Brandi Carlile, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone will also compete for Album of the Year, alongside H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monáe.

Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as past year the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy.

"What I plan to do is let every woman who is nominated, who is here this weekend, know that from the red carpet to the stage, win or lose, I have your back".

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

We earlier reported that pop sensation, Ariana Grande will not be attending or performing at the 2019 Grammy awards slated to hold on February 10 in Los Angeles. "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", Grande tweeted following an Associated Press interview where Erhlich said that she "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".

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.

Drake and Lamar are both nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year. She responded on Twitter and said she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken". "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more". In what is sure to be a Grammy moment to remember, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.

Monae was also joined by songwriter Linda Perry, the first women nominated for non-classical producer of the year in 15 years and rapper-singer Tierra Whack, who scored a nomination for best music video for her "Mumbo Jumbo".