Cardi B leading the showcase for girl power at the Grammy Awards 2019.
Grammy Awards received a massive backlash in 2018 due to the lack of female nominations for an award. However, this year any female artist could take major awards home. Furthermore, the 61st Grammy Award show will be dominated by female artists with their performance as well.
R&B singer Alicia Keys will be hosting the Grammys for the first time. While Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Camila Cabello, and Kacey Musgraves will be performing at the Los Angeles ceremony. However, Cardi B is likely to grab most of the attention. The 26-year-old New York artist is one of only a handful of female rappers and has captured attention with her message of female empowerment.
Melinda Newman, West Coast editor for Billboard magazine stated,
“Cardi B is a very strong woman who is in control of her career. She is really talented and has something to say and she is just fun. She is like a breath of fresh air.”
Newman further added,
“Between Alicia Keys and all the female nominees, I think we will have a very female-leading show. That’s not necessarily by design, that’s just how it’s shaking out this year.”
The bold rapper Cardi B, whose music and personal life gained the attention of millions of followers and fans for the past two years will lead the charge on music’s biggest night with a live performance as well as five Grammy nominations for album and record of the year.
Cardi B is likely to grab most of the attention at the show. The 26-year-old New York artist is one of only a handful of female rappers and has captured attention with her message of female empowerment. Furthermore, she was able to dominate her career through a string of hit records and collaborations, including “I Like It,” “Girls Like You” and “Taki Taki.”
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Grammy faced the backlash in 2018 when the scarcity of female nominees and performers caused a media uproar and urged the Recording Academy. Moreover, the members who choose the Grammy winners expanded the number of nominees in the top four categories from five to eight.
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Six of the eight musicians competing for the "best new artist" are women, including “New Rules” British singer Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Chloe & Halle, H.E.R. and Bebe Rexha. However, it is uncertain if they will bag the award home or not.
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Kendrick Lamar leads with eight nominated songs, which vastly includes his songs written for “Black Panther” movie soundtrack album which is up for album of the year. Drake, the most commercially successful artist of 2018, follows up close with seven nominations, including for his album “Scorpion” and a single “God’s Plan.”
The 61st Grammy Awards will be live on February 10th, 2019 on CBS television at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT (0100 GMT). Moreover, the award show will take place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.