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How to watch the 2019 Grammys

How to watch the 2019 Grammys

Women artists scored nominations in all of the top categories, after being largely muted a year ago: rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga, pop futurist Janelle Monae and folk rocker Brandi Carlile are among the frontrunners.

Grammy organizers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.

Monae hosted the Friday brunch alongside Instagram to celebrate her Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her groundbreaking release, "Dirty Computer". Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile and H.E.R. also in contention.

The main performers for this year includes Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Chloe x Halle and Travis Scott. "And I am not hung up on what happens or doesn't happen", she said.

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.

If a three and a half hour award ceremony isn't enough for you, don't worry as Grammy.com has you covered with the Premiere Ceremony starting at 12.30pm PT (3.30pm PT, 8.30pm GMT) and Red Carpet coverage at 2pm PT (5pm ET, 10pm GMT).

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Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them previous year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told the Associated Press that Grande, who is nominated for best pop vocal performance and best pop vocal album, declined to perform Sunday because she "felt it was too late for her to pull something together". She responded on Twitter and said she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken". He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

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

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

The Grammys are in even worse shape than the Oscars when it comes to figuring out ratings and appeal, and face a continued low-key boycott from music's biggest names on account of an ongoing problem with representation across nominations.

Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.