Grammys 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande win

Grammys 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande win

Grammys 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande win

But this year, Monae is looking forward to the show, where women are now leading in nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist.

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"Yes, we have so much more work to do, but this is a moment to be celebrated".

Monae's "Dirty Computer" is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show.

U.S. singer-songwriter and 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year Dolly Parton accepts her award onstage at the 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2019. Other artists announced to perform on the broadcast include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.

Women are hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.

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.

"(Director) Ryan Coogler, what can I say?"

"This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future", Monae said.

When asked soon after the show about the lack of female winners, academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" - now-infamous words that instantly drew outrage, and which he said were taken out of context.

Gaga, who is to perform later on Sunday, said on Twitter she was "in tears with honor and gratitude".

"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar have won early Grammy awards as the ceremony gets underway in LA.

"And I feel like it's a time in this country when women need to support each other and their decisions".

Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game: "that's not what music is to me", she concluded.

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

Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations with eight, while Drake follows closely with seven.

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