The 61st annual Grammy Awards are being held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Billed as the biggest night in the music industry, this years Grammys are marred by high-profile no-shows and controversy. Rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino will not be attending the ceremony, presumably because of the Grammys’ historical ignorance of rap music.
Cardi B, meanwhile, is considered a favourite for her album Invasion of Privacy, potentially becoming the first rapper since 2004 to win the award. She will be competing against Drake and Kendrick, who produced the Black Panther soundtrack album. The rappers lead the field of nominees with eight and seven nods, respectively.
Hosting the programme for the first time is 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Dolly Parton was honoured ahead of the Grammys with a commemorative performance by multiple artistes, which included Pink, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, among others.
With high-profile performance by Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello, the 2019 Grammys promise to be an entertaining evening.
Here are all the LIVE updates from the 2019 Grammy Awards:
Camilla Cabello kick starts the ceremony with a performance
Singer Camilla Cabello with Ricky Martin kicked off the ceremony with a performance. She performed to her hit song Havana.
Ricky Martin, left, and Camila Cabello perform Havana at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
Ariana Grande wins her first ever Grammy Award
Grande won Sunday for best pop vocal album for her song Sweetener. She was not in attendance at a pre-telecast ceremony to accept the honour. The superstar accused Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with Grande about performing at Sunday’s ceremony.