How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online

Drake wins Best Rap Song for 'God's Plan.' Mike Blake Reuters

Drake wins Best Rap Song for 'God's Plan.' Mike Blake Reuters

But we'll pause there, if only to save our breath for the latest award show drama - this time, concerning the Grammys.

Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys in the show's pre-telecast Sunday, a year after women were nearly muted at the 2018 awards show. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys.

She vowed this year´s performances would be the "sickest" yet. Grande was quick to refute this account on Twitter, her chosen medium for handling such matters.

Grande's Grammy comes after six career nominations and she tweeted on Sunday: "i know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things. but (.) this is wild and handsome. thank you so much".

Carlile, 37, took home three early trophies, two for her Americana music single The Joke and another for her album By the Way, I Forgive You. She ended the tweet with her trademark black heart emoji.

Carlile told the AP she stands behind Grande's "decision to stand up for herself and her art".

Ariana Grande got into a war of words with the organisers of the Grammys ceremony late last week.

"Representation is everything", Carlile told AFP at a pre-Grammy gala honoring country legend Dolly Parton. In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar all earned record of the year nominations for This Is America, God's Plan and All the Stars, respectively.

"This is going to be a special Grammys". 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.

Lady Gaga performs. Mike Blake Reuters
Lady Gaga performs. Mike Blake Reuters

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into big wins. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Only two albums by hip-hop artists have ever won the album of the year Grammy - Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999, and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004 Rappers Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys) and Drake's best-seller Scorpion are also vying for the top prize.

The lead-up to this year's Grammys has not been completely smooth, though.

Janelle Monae remembers being frustrated last year, but this year she 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. A study released by the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative days before the ceremony found that of the 899 individuals who had been nominated for the previous six shows, 90.7 percent were men.

The brazen comment drew outrage and prompted the executive, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer.

This year's show exhibits some efforts to combat these diversity issues - the academy, which The Times reported has invited 900 new members to vote, expanded major categories from five to eight nominees.

Cardi B, who will perform later on Sunday, could break that trend and take home not only her first ever Grammy but potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her Invasion Of Privacy.

There will also be a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last August.

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