How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online

Lawrence Kim
February 11, 2019

At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday's show.

Lady Gaga scooped up five nominations including for both Record and Song of the Year for her heart-pounding hit Shallow, which she performed in the film A Star Is Born with co-star Bradley Cooper.

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.

This year, Academy voters did pass on nominating perennial favourites like Taylor Swift for the top three prizes of Album, Record and Song of the Year, relegating pop stars who reigned in years prior to lesser categories.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys. "As much as I'm nominated, I would not be anything without the village of women who are walking into their truth", she said.

H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".

"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".

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".

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness.

Ehrlich told the AP that Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".

"It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you that i decided not to attend".

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

Kendrick Lamar and Drake are the two top nominated artists (Lamar leads Drake with eight noms to seven).

Monae was also joined by songwriter Linda Perry, the first women nominated for non-classical producer of the year in 15 years and rapper-singer Tierra Whack, who scored a nomination for best music video for her "Mumbo Jumbo".

The ceremony starts at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will air on CBS. Additionally, Jennifer Lopez will take the stage for a Motown tribute, although some have criticized the decision to pick a non-black singer for the performance - especially during Black History Month - when artists like Ross, Stevie Wonder or Gladys Knight could have been chosen. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.

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