Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande win early Grammy awards

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande win early Grammy awards

Drake won the Best Rap Song Award for "God's Plan" at the 61st Grammys Awards, and his acceptance speech came with a bit of controversy. 2019 may have just started, but BTS have already beaten worldwide box office records with their concert film, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul, racked up a bunch of major wins at various award shows in their native Korea, and made their anticipated return to V Live's streaming platform with their weekly variety series, Run BTS!

"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.

In the pre-gala ceremony in Los Angeles, at which most of the more than 80 prizes are handed out, folk rocker Carlile - this year's most nominated woman - won her first 3 Grammys ever, in the Americana and American Roots categories.

From South Korea to music's biggest night!

They are both up for album of the year, alongside Cardi B, H.E.R., Post Malone and Janelle Monae. "I am such a misfit", Carlile said, speaking about the difficulties of coming out as a lesbian in her teen years and never attending school dances. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards.

Viewers can expect performances from Miley Cyrus, Yolanda Adams, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Cardi B, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, H.E.R. and more.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys.

Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.

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. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity. Pop singer Ariana Grande recently tweeted that she pulled out of performing this year due to a creative disagreement with its producers, while rappers Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover), Drake and Kendrick Lamar all reportedly turned down offers from the show, which has a fraught history with hip-hop artists.

Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez.

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