Grammys 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande win

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Actor Bradley Cooper is also in London to attend the BAFTA film awards, while his "A Star is Born" lead actress Lady Gaga takes the Grammy stage to perform record and song of the year nominee "Shallow".

In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women. Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", country singer Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour", eclectic musician Brandi Carlile's "By The Way, I Forgive You", newcomer H.E.R's self-titled "H.E.R.", and the soundtrack album to superhero movie "Black Panther", which was produced by Lamar, round out the contenders for best album.

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It's always something of a coup when a genre album or single makes an appearance in the big four categories and Carlile's competition will be steep.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar - who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. but has yet to snare a Grammy for Album of the Year - earned eight nods while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven. Red carpet arrivals and interviews will be broadcast live starting at 2 p.m. PT. This week Ariana Grande blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.

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When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to "step up". "I see you", Monae said. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys.

Ariana Grande has said no thanks to the Grammy Awards.

Grande is nominated for two awards and could miss the chance to give a speech onstage if she wins. "I support her and I support her decision", she added. 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.

Gaga, now an eight-time Grammy victor, won best pop solo performance for "Joanne", while her hit "Shallow" was named best song written for visual media. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Gaga was nominated for five awards at the 2019 Grammys; in addition to winning best song written for visual media, she also took home the best pop solo performance award - for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" - before the telecast started. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.

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