Grammys the latest casualty of this tumultuous award season

Carla Harmon
February 11, 2019

BTS was nominated for best recording package for their album artwork for Love Yourself: Tear at this year's Grammys.

"His voice was his vision and his music was his peace", his daughter Toni said while accepting the trophy along with her brother.

"Americana music is the island of the misfit toys".

They said that attending the show was "a dream come true". "To be embraced by this enduring and loving community has been the dance of a lifetime", she continued. "I promise you, you're already winning". We just won our first of Grammy nominations for the night.

But industry drama was threatening the gala before it even began, with a number of superstars declining to take part in the show´s glitzy concert portion.

Grande's Grammy comes after six career nominations and she tweeted on Sunday: "i know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things. but (.) this is wild and handsome. thank you so much".

At the age of 85, country star Willie Nelson won best traditional pop vocal album for My Way.

Childish Gambino won the coveted prize for best music video for his politically provocative "This Is America". Other artists announced to perform on the broadcast include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.

The track will compete for more Grammys, including song of the year, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance.

The Scorpion rapper also reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at the Grammys this year.

The brazen comment drew outrage and prompted the executive, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer.

Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys in the show's pre-telecast Sunday, a year after women were nearly muted at the 2018 awards show.

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

Fast forward 30 years, and the Grammys are still accused of mistreating hip-hop and R&B artists, who rarely take home awards in top categories.

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

She hailed the importance "particularly for women to have our seat at the table, to represent the fact that we are so here and so incredible and we are the creators of our music".

"If you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away".

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