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Cardi B will get able to carry out (and win) on the 61st annual Grammy Awards

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Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake might lead the Grammy Award nominations, however Sunday’s reside ceremony in Los Angeles may see Bronx-native Cardi B take residence her first-ever Grammy and petentially change into the primary rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the yr award for her “Invasion of Privateness.”

Outspoken rapper Cardi B, whose music and private life have dominated popular culture for the previous two years, together with felony prices of reckless endangerment and assault, leads the cost on music’s largest evening with a reside efficiency and 5 Grammy nominations, together with album and file of the yr.

“I believe that each one these nominations are validation for everythng she’s executed over the previous few years,” mentioned Dan Rys, information director for Billboard journal. “There was a time not too way back when individuals have been speaking about her being a one-hit marvel — after which she got here again and launched what was inarguably probably the greatest rap albums of the yr.”

“It will be an enormous assertion if she gained album of the yr: the primary rap album to win that class since 2003, and the primary feminine rapper to win, as nicely on condition that Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation album was technically nominated within the R&B classes,” Rys added.

R&B singer Alicia Keys will host the Grammys for the primary time, whereas Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Camila Cabello and Kacey Musgraves are additionally among the many performers on the Los Angeles ceremony.

Including to the star energy, Motown legend Diana Ross will take the stage to mark her 75th birthday in March, and hopes are excessive that Girl Gaga will carry out her Grammy and Oscar-nominated track “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born.”

But Cardi B is prone to seize a lot of the consideration. The 26-year-old New York artist is considered one of solely a handful of feminine rappers and has captured consideration along with her message of feminine empowerment, on-and-off marriage to rapper Offset, and a string of hit data and collaborations, together with “I Like It,” “Ladies Like You” and “Taki Taki.”

It’s a far cry from 2018, when the dearth of feminine nominees and performers brought about a media uproar and prompted the Recording Academy, whose members select the Grammy winners, to develop the variety of nominees within the prime 4 classes to eight from 5.

This yr 5 of the eight nominees for the coveted album of the yr award are girls — Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privateness,” Janelle Monae’s “Soiled Laptop,” people singer Brandi Carlile’s “By the Means, I Forgive You,” nation artist Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” and R&B newcomer H.E.R.’s self-titled “H.E.R.” Six of the eight musicians competing for finest new artist are additionally girls, together with “New Guidelines” British singer Dua Lipa, Chloe & Halle, Bebe Rexha and H.E.R.

Whereas the present might give the impression that women run the world, there isn’t a assure what number of will take residence a Grammy.

Lamar leads with eight nods, lots of them for writing a lot of the “Black Panther” film soundtrack album, which is up for album of the yr. Drake, essentially the most commercially profitable artist of 2018, follows with seven nominations, together with for his album “Scorpion” and single “God’s Plan.”

The Grammy Awards happen in Los Angeles on Sunday and can be broadcast reside on CBS tv at eight p.m. ET.

(Reuters’ Jill Serjeant and Invoice Berkrot contributed to this story)

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