Lady Gaga wins 3 Grammys, Michelle Obama makes appearance

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Regardless, the performers are Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Dolly Parton, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Chloe x Halle, Mark Ronson and Dan + Shay. The song and album is also up for record of the year and album of the year, respectively.

Unsurprisingly and well-deservedly, Childish Gambino was given best music video for "This Is America".

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

In the Best New Artist category, 6 of the 8 nominees are women.

Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.

Grammy organisers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar have won early Grammy awards as the ceremony gets underway in LA. "I feel like we are truly part of a celebration, bringing the light, bringing the energy and continuing to make the statement that music is such an important part of all of our lives", she said in a press preview on February 7, according to Rolling Stone.

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. I got to thank God, thank you for looking out for me. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners.

The biggest stars in music have descended on Hollywood for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Drama has also surrounded the Grammys around its Motown Records tribute: Some people complained when a promo aired on CBS showing Jennifer Lopez as the act set to honor the legendary record label, which launched the careers of the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.

"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".

She vowed this year's performances would be the "sickest" yet, with icons like Parton and disco diva Diana Ross also set to take the stage. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember.

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