The music world hit the crimson carpet Sunday for the Grammys, with hip-hop royalty and a bevy of gifted girls main the pack — and early awards going to prime nominees Brandi Carlile and Girl Gaga.
Within the pre-gala ceremony in Los Angeles, at which a lot of the greater than 80 prizes are handed out, people rocker Carlile — this yr’s most nominated girl — gained her first three Grammys ever, within the Americana and American Roots classes.
Pop royalty Gaga in the meantime gained an award within the visible media group for her heart-pounding hit “Shallow” of the blockbuster movie “A Star Is Born,” and one other for greatest pop solo efficiency for “Joanne.”
“I am not gonna have the ability to put on any make-up tonight,” Gaga tweeted. “I am in tears with honor and gratitude.”
Style-bending experimental artist Beck scored the prize for Finest Various Music Album.
The early wins by girls provided a constructive signal that change could also be afoot on the Recording Academy, which has confronted intense backlash over its obvious battle to embrace variety.
For the second consecutive yr, black hip-hop artists are main the pack — however observers are nonetheless questioning if nominations success can translate into huge wins.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar — who gained a Pulitzer Prize for his album “DAMN.” however has but to snare a Grammy for Album of the 12 months — earned eight nods whereas Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven.
Feminine artists take entrance seat
Ladies artists scored nominations in the entire prime classes, after being largely muted a yr in the past: Gaga, Carlile, rapper Cardi B and pop futurist Janelle Monae are among the many frontrunners.
This yr, 5 of the eight Album of the 12 months nominations went to feminine artists: Cardi B, Carlile, Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and nation star Kacey Musgraves.
Within the Finest New Artist class, six of the eight nominees are girls.
A thrilled Carlile beamed as she accepted three consecutive trophies.
“Americana music is the island of the misfit toys. I’m such a misfit,” Carlile stated, talking in regards to the difficulties of popping out as a lesbian in her teen years and by no means attending college dances.
“To be embraced by this enduring and loving group has been the dance of a lifetime. Thanks for being my island,” she stated.
In a captivating twist, U.S. president Jimmy Carter gained his third Grammy within the Spoken World Album class for the audio model of his best-selling e-book “Religion: A Journey For All.”
However business drama was threatening the night gals, with quite a lot of superstars declining to participate within the glitzy live performance portion on the Staples Heart.
Pop mega-star Ariana Grande — who dropped her extremely anticipated album “Thank U, Subsequent” simply earlier than the Grammys — slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her resolution to not carry out, suggesting he was “mendacity” about her readiness.
Grande gained for greatest pop vocal album for “Sweetener.”
Drake, Lamar and Infantile Gambino — the rap alter-ego of actor Donald Glover — have additionally all turned down efficiency gives, and it was not clear if they might even attend.
Infantile Gambino gained the coveted prize for greatest music video for his politically provocative “This Is America.”
Gaga, Carlile, Monae, Cardi B and Musgraves are all as a result of take the stage.
Reward for ladies ‘overdue’
Hopes that ladies would get their due comes after the top of the Recording Academy — which incorporates greater than 13,000 music professionals — advised them final yr to “step up” in the event that they wished to do higher on Grammys night time.
The brazen remark drew outrage and prompted the chief, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer season.
Gaga’s preliminary two wins had been out of 5 nominations, together with for each Document and Tune of the 12 months for “Shallow,” which she carried out with co-star Bradley Cooper.
Songstress Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy winner, is ready to host Sunday’s televised ceremony — the primary girl to take action in 14 years.
She vowed this yr’s performances could be the “sickest” but, with icons like Parton and disco diva Diana Ross additionally set to take the stage.
A efficiency honoring the legacy of the late “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin can also be anticipated.
Keys advised CBS information this yr’s larger illustration from girls was “far overdue.”
She hailed the significance “significantly for ladies to have our seat on the desk, to characterize the truth that we’re so right here and so unimaginable and we’re the creators of our music.”