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GRAMMY Award being held at The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center The Grammys have switched to an online voting process. | Christopher Polk Getty Images for NARAS
Lora Ball | 10 February, 2019, 17:41

Not everyone wants to be part of Music's Biggest Night. Alicia Keys, a five-time Grammy victor, will be hosting the event in Los Angeles for the first time in her career. Keys has promised to craft a show that champions an "amazing energy" and celebration. A live stream of the show is also available to CBS All Access subscribers.

To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets. "I can pull together a performance overnight and you know that, Ken".

According to a recent report from Variety, Ariana Grande, whose Grammy appearance and rumored performance has been advertised on billboards promoting the show - will not be serenading the audience at the Staples Center or, for that matter, even showing up.

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.

Meanwhile, Andra Day, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia will join forces for an Aretha Franklin tribute performance, and Diana Ross will celebrate herself with a special 75th birthday performance. Gaga is set to perform her hit single "Shallow" alongside Mark Ronson, with whom she collaborated on the song for her film A Star Is Born.

Drake, who has sparred with the Recording Academy in past years, nabbed nominations across the top categories for his album "Scorpion" and inescapable 2018 hit "God's Plan".

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Along with Wilson, this year's presenters include current Grammy nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges and Luke Combs; Grammy winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz and Meghan Trainor; recording artist Kane Brown; South Korean pop sensation BTS; past Grammy nominee Cedric The Entertainer; and actors Nina Dobrev, Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Wilmer Valderrama.

Drake and Lamar are both nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year.

The group is nominated in the World Music Album category along with artists such as Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday's show.

For a list of the complete nominations, visit the Grammys' site.

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