Alicia Keys Promises Peace Will Reign At Female-Focused Grammys

Alicia Keys and James Corden

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Speaking on Thursday, Keys hinted that the ceremony "will be about the celebration and the power of music".

A 15-time victor herself, the platinum-selling artist has always been a key (what can you do) voice of female empowerment and an advocate of the ongoing mission that is achieving equal representation and compensation for women in, not just music, but all fields.

With 15 Grammys awards on her shelf, Keys who is hosting the show for the first time takes over from James Corden who hosted in 2017 and 2018 after taking over from longtime host LL Cool J.

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The awards bash struck a sour note past year when only one woman, Best New Artist Alessia Cara, won in a major category.

Keys joined Corden on The Late Late Show on Wednesday night (February 6), treating viewers to a hilarious parody of A Star Is Born's "Shallow", complete with rewritten lyrics about the 2019 Grammys. "Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond".

"Congratulations", he said. "But you could have waited till I got dressed".

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The Recording Academy announced a star-studded list of musicians - many of whom have a Grammy or two on their own mantels at home - and actors who will be presenting statuettes at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, set to take place Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Producer Boi-1da and Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile earned six nods each, while Morris, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, producer Sounwave and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi garnered five nominations apiece.

Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Grammy victor Lady Gaga, Grammy victor Mark Ronson and Grammy nominee Travis Scott are set to perform Sunday. Album-of-the-year nominees include Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.

Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and past Grammy nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.

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