Fifteen-time Grammy award victor Alicia Keys will host Sunday's show. Her first award came way back in 2002, when she snagged the coveted best new artist award, plus song of the year, record of the year, best R&B song, and best female R&B performance for "Fallin'".
Alicia Keys has been a fixture at the Grammy Awards for almost two decades now, ever since she burst onto the scene in 2002.
Grammys host Alicia Keys previewed the show Thursday by rolling out the red carpet and dancing while Trombone Shorty played funk music with bandmates. She was a former stripper who became a social media darling and reality star before she turned into a pop culture sensation and earned two Grammy nominations. She said she is trying to stay on an even keel, preparing for the "best of the worst".
Her music has broken boundaries in this past year and it would be a sight to behold if Cardi B snags any of these awards, not only because her talent merits the recognition but because it would be historical. The video shows her breaking the news to her family, including her husband Swizz Beatz, a Grammy victor in his own right, whom she appears to have awakened.
"There's a sense of community that I want to bring to the stage", Keys said. Album-of-the-year nominees include Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.
Producers say this year's show will feature unforgettable musical collaborations.
"I feel like this is kind of the sickest year that I've, you know - it just feels like the different variety of people that are performing are all exciting ... some of the icons like Dolly Parton and Diana Ross".
This year, the Recording Academy expanded the four major categories from five nominees to eight, allowing for a wider range of artists and genres to be represented.
"It is far overdue ... to ensure that we are all making sure that diversity and inclusion is present and front and center". Luckily, there are only a few days left until the biggest night in music. We are the writers, the executives ... we are the powerhouses - we are it all!