Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande win early Grammy awards

Joann Johnston
February 11, 2019

"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 (expletive). this is wild and attractive. thank you so much", she tweeted after learning about her win.

Gaga won best song written for visual media for "Shallow", sharing the honor with co-writers Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando. Before the telecast even started, Carlile won three GRAMMYs in a row, one for Best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You, Best American Roots Song for "The Joke" and Best American Roots Performance also for "The Joke". A little later, Gaga was shocked again when her single "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?") won for Best Pop Solo Performance, for which she said she was absolutely shocked. "I feel like we are truly part of a celebration, bringing the light, bringing the energy and continuing to make the statement that music is such an important part of all of our lives", she said in a press preview on February 7, according to Rolling Stone.

The track will compete for more Grammys, including song of the year, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, where Bradley Cooper is a nominee. "I see you", Monae said.

The City of Angels welcomes the 61st Annual Grammy Awards back this year to Staples Center, after 2018's ceremony took place in New York City.

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

To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets.

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.

Six of the best new artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. I got to thank God, thank you for looking out for me.

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

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"And I feel like it's a time in this country when women need to support each other and their decisions".

Grande is nominated for two awards and could miss the chance of giving a speech onstage if she wins.

Canadians to watch at the show include Toronto's finest, Drake, with seven nominations.

"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad". Although the rapper has declined the prospect of performing during this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, his name will be called upon several times during the festivities.

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

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