Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande win early Grammy awards

Rihanna during the arrivals at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Award

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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". In 1989, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff boycotted the show after they learned that the presentation of the best rap performance award wouldn't be televised, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves swept the boards in their respective genre categories, Americana and Country, making the ones to beat in the night's main category - album of the year.

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).

R&B singer Alicia Keys hosts a female-flavored Grammy Awards show on Sunday featuring performances by Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton, but which risks being overshadowed by the absence of some of music's most influential stars.

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Janelle Monae remembers being frustrated at last year's Grammy Awards, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the night's top award, Lorde, didn't get a chance to perform onstage.

E!'s red carpet coverage, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, starts at 6 p.m.; CBS's special, hosted by Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Keltie Knight and Eve, kicks off at 7 p.m.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys. "We feel this Grammys is going to be different and bigger and better than any other".

"I can't believe we just won Best Original Music @BAFTA 's. As much as it is about me, it's not just about me", said Monae, who gave a powerful speech previous year ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute. "This is a moment for women to love on each other and let each other know", she added.

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Kendrick Lamar and Drake are the two top nominated artists (Lamar leads Drake with eight noms to seven).

Jennifer Lopez will be performing at the Grammys this year.

Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London. But with Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Travis Scott among the evening's performers, there won't be a shortage of star power. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

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