Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

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Jimin and V on plane

Eastern from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Monae's groundbreaking album, "Dirty Computer", is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show, airing live at 8 p.m.

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

"I'm not gonna be able to wear any makeup tonight", she tweeted. "I'm in tears with honor and gratitude". The British star is up for best new artist later in the show.

The early wins by women offered a positive sign that change may be afoot at the Recording Academy, which has faced intense backlash over its apparent struggle to embrace diversity.

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins.

Audra Mae, a Putnam City High School graduate, co-wrote songs tied into three Grammy nods: "Fall in Line", by Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, nominated for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance; "Didn't I", a track from Kelly Clarkson's "Meaning of Life", nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album; and "Church", a track from Fall Out Boy's "M A N I A", nominated for Best Rock Album. That's in contrast to last year's ceremony, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn't get a chance to perform onstage. Taking the stage will be Camila Cabello, Yolanda Adams, J. Balvin, Cardi B, Chloe x Halle, Brandi Carlile, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mark Ronson, Diana Ross, Arturo Sandoval, Travis Scott, St. Vincent, Young Thug, Andra Day, Miley Cyrus, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Dolly Parton, Fantasia, Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Little Big Town, Post Malone, Ricky Martin, Maren Morris, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae, and Kacey Musgraves.

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The award was accepted by his daughter, Rashida Jones, who said: "When he first saw the film he said, 'I wish I could live forever - and I think he could be the first person to do that".

Lady Gaga arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on 28 January 2018, in NY. We just won our first of Grammy nominations for the night. Despite being heavily advertised as part of the show, Grande is not performing nor even attending the Sunday ceremony, after she felt producers "insulted" her by asserting too much control over her song choices.

Gambino, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover, was one of several influential stars who were no shows at the biggest night in music.

Gaga, Carlile, Monae, Cardi B and Musgraves are all due to take the stage.

"Shallow" was up against fellow Oscar hopeful "All the Stars" from Black Panther, "Mystery of Love" from Call Me By Your Name, "Remember Me" from Coco and last year's Oscar victor "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman.

The brazen comment drew outrage and prompted the executive, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer.

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