Janelle Monae Applauds Jump in Grammy Nominations for Women

2019 Grammys marked by drama and drop-outs

Janelle Monae Applauds Jump in Grammy Nominations for Women

This week Ariana Grande blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show. Grande was quick to refute this account on Twitter, her chosen medium for handling such matters. "Know that I support you - win or lose", Monae said. She ended the tweet with her trademark black heart emoji.

The singer, who sent the tweets just hours before the highly anticipated release of her album Thank U, Next, is up for two awards this year: best pop solo performance for God Is a Woman, and best pop vocal album for Sweetener.

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

Carlile is the most nominated woman with six nominations, including bids for song and record of the year with "The Joke".

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Alicia Keys, former Grammy victor and coach on NBC's "The Voice".

The Grammys are a beast of an award show.

It looks like the Grammy Awards will be embroiled in drama, yet again. Some prominent figures whom the Grammys have "alienated", per The Times, include Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who called out the 2018 Grammys specifically on a track from Everything Is Love, his joint album with wife Beyonce.

The Grammys are in even worse shape than the Oscars when it comes to figuring out ratings and appeal, and face a continued low-key boycott from music's biggest names on account of an ongoing problem with representation across nominations.

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Actor/rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is among those to have apparently turned down the opportunity to perform at this year's Grammy Awards. Head up to the gallery above to see all the glamorous celebrity arrivals at this year's Grammys!

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. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and scored one nomination, also won't be at the show. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity. Portnow announced later in the year that he would not seek to extend his contract, which ends this year.

E!'s red carpet coverage, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, starts at 6 p.m.; CBS's special, hosted by Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Keltie Knight and Eve, kicks off at 7 p.m.

Late night host James Corden, the host of the 2017 and 2018 Grammys, will be getting a rest this year, as 15-time Grammy Award victor Alicia Keys will be hosting.

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