Alicia Keys will be hosting the 61st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this year. Some viewers may tune into music's biggest night, which airs live on CBS on Sunday, to see who's missing rather than who's there. She's nominated for her Sweetener album and "God Is a Woman" song. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year. It seems she's saying "thank u, next" to this year's Grammys. In a chat with Entertainment Tonight before the show, the 21-year-old spoke of her exciting Grammys set which she promises will be one to watch. Long enough for her to be considered "new" for the Grammys.
Grammy.com will host a premiere ceremony ahead of the show, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, featuring host Shaggy along with presenters Lzzy Hale and Questlove handing out the first prizes of the day. The video shows her breaking the news to her family, including her husband Swizz Beatz, a Grammy victor in his own right, whom she appears to have awakened. Ariana Grande reportedly pulled out of her performance due to a disagreement with production, and according to a new report from The New York Times, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino declined the Recording Academy's invitation to perform at the awards show altogether.
Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Grammy victor Lady Gaga, Grammy victor Mark Ronson and Grammy nominee Travis Scott are set to perform Sunday.
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Additionally, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with St. Vincent. Rife with controversy, the show has lost performers, and significant names in the industry have yet to comment on whether they will attend the February 10th event.
For a list of the complete nominations, visit the Grammys' site.
Cardi B., Brandi Carlile, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone will also compete for Album of the Year, alongside H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monáe.