Janelle Monae Applauds Jump in Grammy Nominations for Women

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The live ceremony in Los Angeles could see Cardi B take home her first ever Grammy and potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her "Invasion of Privacy". As far as performers go, fans of Ariana Grande might be disappointed to learn that she dropped out of the ceremony.

The Grammys' tense relationship with the hip-hop community goes back decades. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

"I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken", she wrote Thursday afternoon.

Carlile told the AP she stands behind Grande's "decision to stand up for herself and her art".

As for the awards, Lamar leads this year's nominations with a total of eight nods, including album of the year for the "Black Panther" soundtrack followed closely by Drake who scored seven nominations. In 1989, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff boycotted the show after they learned that the presentation of the best rap performance award wouldn't be televised, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Girl on Fire singer will be hosting the awards for the first time in her career. Some prominent figures whom the Grammys have "alienated", per The Times, include Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who called out the 2018 Grammys specifically on a track from Everything Is Love, his joint album with wife Beyonce. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's hit "Shallow" from A Star Is Born picked up the 2019 Grammy Award for best song written for visual media at this year's ceremony. Head up to the gallery above to see all the glamorous celebrity arrivals at this year's Grammys!

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But this year, Monae 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.

When asked soon after the show about the lack of female winners, academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" - now-infamous words that instantly drew outrage, and which he said were taken out of context.

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.

We couldn't be more excited to see what the 15-time Grammy victor does with this year's show - and we know she's pretty psyched about it too!

E!'s red carpet coverage, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, starts at 6 p.m.; CBS's special, hosted by Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Keltie Knight and Eve, kicks off at 7 p.m.

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