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The 61st annual Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Billed as the biggest night in the music industry, this year’s Grammys are marred by high-profile no-shows and controversy. Rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino did not attend the ceremony, presumably because of the Grammys’ historical ignorance of rap music. Even Ariana Grande skipped the event. She won her first ever Grammy award.

Cardi B became the first solo woman to win the Best Rap Album Award. She will competed against Drake and Kendrick, who produced the Black Panther soundtrack album. The rappers lead the field of nominees with eight and seven nods, respectively.

Hosting the programme for the first time was 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Dolly Parton was honoured ahead of the Grammys with a commemorative performance by multiple artistes, which included Pink, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, among others.

With high-profile performance by Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello, the 2019 Grammys promise to be an entertaining evening.

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