Later tonight, Brandi Carlile is set to perform at the 61st Grammy Awards show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where the hometown hero is up for three of the most prestigious awards.
Looming predictions of rain could also put a damper on this year's awards ceremony.
Lamar is known for his attention-grabbing, often political Grammy performances, like his fiery 2016 rendition of his "To Pimp a Butterfly" tracks, so his absence is sure to be missed by many.
Beck was a double victor during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colors".
"I've got nothing to say, I'm speechless", she said. The Girl on Fire singer will be hosting the awards for the first time in her career.
As for other ways to watch the Grammys, you can also tune into American network CBS. Red carpet arrivals and interviews will be broadcast live starting at 2 p.m. PT.
Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as past year the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy.
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.
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The 2019 Grammy Awards take place this Sunday, February 10th, and exclusive broadcasting rights for the music awards show in Canada goes to Rogers Media, which will be airing the Grammys on Citytv. She said: "I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy. Grammy voters are less concerned with commercial success and more concerned with the work as a whole", she said.
Monae's groundbreaking album, "Dirty Computer", is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Brandi Carlile, the folk singer nominated for six Grammys including album, song and record of the year, looked to Monae and said: "Girl, I would vote you into presidency". Women, from Lady Gaga to SZA to Maren Morris, make up many the nominations in song and record of the year.
Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. 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. As far as performers go, fans of Ariana Grande might be disappointed to learn that she dropped out of the ceremony.
"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".
"It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you that i decided not to attend. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".
Carlile told the AP she stands behind Grande's "decision to stand up for herself and her art".