Grammys 2019: They wore that? Fashions and photos from the red carpet

Oscar Cross
February 11, 2019

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, "Weird Al" Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show, which was scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m.

Gaga's hit song "Shallow" from the movie "A Star is Born" took the Grammy for best song written for visual media, while her "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Going)" won for pop solo performance. That's in contrast to last year's ceremony, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn't get a chance to perform onstage.

Before this year, Carlile's only other nomination as an artist came in 2016 when her previous record, "The Firewatcher's Daughter", was up for best Americana album. "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". In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar all earned record of the year nominations for This Is America, God's Plan and All the Stars, respectively.

The lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.

Ariana Grande also won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show. 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. Brandi Carlile reacts after winning Best Americana Album for "By The Way, I Forgive You".


On Thursday, Grande broke her silence and shot back at Ehrlich in a series of tweets.

"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", she continued.

Leading nominees Kendrick Lamar, who produced the "Black Panther" soundtrack, and Canadian rapper Drake's will also be absent in what is seen as a snub by the three rappers of an awards show that has often shut hip-hop artists out of its top prizes, despite rap's dominance as the biggest music genre in the United States.

Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game: "that's not what music is to me", she concluded. Fifteen-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will be the first woman to host the ceremony in over a decade. There will also be a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last August.

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