Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

The 2019 Grammy Awards

The 2019 Grammy Awards

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.

Along with Best Alternative Album, Colors was also awarded with a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Drake accepted his Grammy Award for Best Rap Song by essentially telling the audience at home that awards do not matter, particularly in an opinion-based industry.

After mentioning that he definitely did not think he would win the award for "God's Plan", Drake said he wanted to take a moment to talk directly to the kids who want to become musicians and his peers. "I'm just so proud to be involved and to go into the studio with such an incredible talent, including the talent that's out there tonight and thank you guys for giving us this platform".

Childish Gambino, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each.

Beck's head mastering engineer Emily Lazar announced she was the first female audio engineer to be nominated for a Grammy in 2015.

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead this year's nominations, with eight and seven respectively.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys.

The film's chart-topping soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, is up for album of the year, and the single All the Stars, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, is nominated for record of the year, song of the year, best rap/sung performance and best song written for visual media.

H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist.

The 61st annual Grammys Awards will be held on 10 February at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What will the final speech from Neil Portnow - who caused more than a little consternation a year ago when he said women needed to "step up" in order to secure broader inclusion - contain?

This year's nominees mark a departure from the 2018 Grammys, where Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of women in the top categories.

But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys.

Drama has also surrounded the Grammys around its Motown Records tribute: Some people complained when a promo aired on CBS showing Jennifer Lopez as the act set to honor the legendary record label, which launched the careers of the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.

Hosted by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys, this year's broadcast features performances by Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes and rapper Cardi B.

A performance honoring the legacy of the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is also expected.

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