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Grammy awards 2019: Step inside the best celebrity parties

Grammy awards 2019: Step inside the best celebrity parties

"I'm so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic". Keys first topped the Billboard 200 back in 2001 with her debut album, "Songs in A Minor".

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by Alicia Keys, airs Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The music business will be partying ahead of the show at celebrations including the pre-Grammy gala hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis, the Family Tree Entertainment music managers pre-Grammy brunch and the Music Is Universal artist showcase hosted by Lucian Grainge. Although controversy has already been stirring between singer Ariana Grande and the organizers, the 2019 Grammys will feature performances by some of the biggest names in music, including Cardi B and Shawn Mendes.

Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino have all reportedly turned down offers to perform, while Ariana Grande withdrew from the show over creative difference with organizers.

Who's nominated for Grammys this year?

It's a far stretch from last year's Grammys, where Lorde was the only women nominated for album of the year and only two women won prizes during the live telecast.

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In what is sure to be a Grammy moment to remember, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.

South Africans will be happy to know that The Soweto Gospel Choir has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award.

According to the publication's source, the "Thank U, Next" singer "felt insulted after producers initially refused to allow her to perform "7 Rings", which is her latest chart-topping single".

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 field with eight Grammy nominations, followed by fellow hip-hop artist Drake follows with seven.

Cardi B., Brandi Carlile, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone will also compete for Album of the Year, alongside H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monáe.

Despite rap's strong number of nominations, most experts are not expecting a quick revolution, saying successful black artists have always been restricted to wins in categories like Best Rap Album. H.E.R.is also up for Best New Artist against Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.