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Alicia Keys and James Corden Alicia Keys and James Corden Terence Patrick CBS
Freda Brock | 10 February, 2019, 12:57

On Sunday night, artists will gather for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards to celebrate the most talented voices in music. Keys first topped the Billboard 200 back in 2001 with her debut album, "Songs in A Minor". Fifteen-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will host the event, and she's the first woman in over a decade to do so.

DirecTV Now will also live stream the award show.

But despite Keys' optimism, the show has been besieged by controversy in recent days. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

Monae also highlighted the huge year for women at the Grammys: Five of the eight album of the year nominees are women, and six of the eight best new artist contenders are female acts. Parton is also being honored with performances of her classic hits, with help from Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry.

A performance honouring the legacy of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is also expected. But with Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Travis Scott among the evening's performers, there won't be a shortage of star power.

South Africans will be happy to know that The Soweto Gospel Choir has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award.

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Patty Mills scored 16 points with four 3s for San Antonio in the first game of a back-to-back. GS has won 13 of its last 14 games to remain in control of the Western Conference standings.

Along with Wilson, this year's presenters include current Grammy nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges and Luke Combs; Grammy winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz and Meghan Trainor; recording artist Kane Brown; South Korean pop sensation BTS; past Grammy nominee Cedric The Entertainer; and actors Nina Dobrev, Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Wilmer Valderrama.

That's according to Ken Ehrlich, the show's longtime producer. In fact, she's nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Reputation.

Women artists scored nods in all of the top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago, with rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga, pop futurist Janelle Monae and folk rocker Brandi Carlile among the frontrunners.

Lamar leads with eight nominations this year, followed by Drake with seven.

For a list of the complete nominations, visit the Grammys' site.

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