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Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.

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

Twitter was abuzz with fans of K-pop group BTS at pretty much the exact second the band hit the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Leading nominees Kendrick Lamar, who produced the Black Panther soundtrack, and Canadian rapper Drake will also be absent in what is seen as a snub by the three rappers of an awards show that has often shut hip-hop artists out of its top prizes, despite rap's dominance as the biggest music genre in the United States.

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To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets.

The singer, who sent the tweets just hours before the highly anticipated release of her album Thank U, Next, is up for two awards this year: best pop solo performance for God Is a Woman, and best pop vocal album for Sweetener. "I am such a misfit", Carlile said, speaking about the difficulties of coming out as a lesbian in her teen years and never attending school dances. The song and album is also up for record of the year and album of the year, respectively.

H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist.

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

Beck was a double victor during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colours".

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The lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.

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 Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.

This year, five of the eight Album of the Year nominations went to female artists: Cardi B, Carlile, Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and Musgraves. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.

Songstress Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy victor, is set to host Sunday's televised ceremony - the first woman to do so in 14 years.

In addition to performances by of-the-moment stars like Gaga and Cardi B, icons like Parton and disco diva Diana Ross will take the stage.

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