Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

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

Toni Cornell attends the Grammy Awards in LA wearing her late father Chris Cornell's image on her shirt.

Their absence is seen as a snub by the three rappers for an awards show that has shut hip-hop artists out of its top prizes for a decade, despite rap's dominance as the biggest music genre in the United States.

Her six nominations are for Record of the Year ("The Joke"), Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Song of the Year ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Performance ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Song ("The Joke") and Best Americana Album (By the Way, I Forgive You).

"The performance is based off of my grandma's childhood, and I have my family in the performance", she said on the red carpet. He's being recognized for his work on the soundtrack of Marvel's "Black Panther", including his single "All the Stars" with SZA.

The Grammy Premiere Ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. PT, with host Shaggy leading the festivities, and presenters like Questlove handing out the first Grammy Awards.

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness. 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. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

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Grande is nominated for two awards and could miss the chance to give a speech onstage if she wins.

Of course, there's one celeb who we're anxious to see.

Unlike the troubled Oscars, music's night of nights has a host in Alicia Keys, and will feature performances from the likes of Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez.

"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".

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

A source close to the singer told CNN that the show's "producers were dictating what songs she could sing".

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