It comes after an awards ceremony that saw just 17 out of 86 awards go to female artists or female-fronted acts, as well as Grammys president Neil Portnow's much-criticised words.
After a turbulent week in the wake of the Grammy Awards ceremony, dogged by accusations of inequality between male and female artists, an independent task force has been set up to examine “the role of gender”.
It comes in the context of Recording Academy president Neil Portnow coming under fire for saying that women in music needed to “step up” when he was quizzed about the relative lack of recognition they received during Sunday’s awards, where female artists or female-fronted bands only received 17 out of the 86 awards and the list of performers included few women.
On Thursday (February 1st), Portnow went back on his statement and said they were a “poor choice of words” and that “gender bias” in the industry needs to be addressed.
He's not thrilled with the 2018 verdict.
Bon Iver has caused quite the stir on social media this week by voicing his disappointment that Bruno Mars was the big winner at the 2018 Grammy Awards. He has nothing against the singer, but he certainly seems to wish for more musical diversity during the awards season.
Bon Iver performing live
Bon Iver, whose real name is Justin Vernon, won two awards in 2012 for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist, and last year he was nominated for his album '22, A Million'. Naturally, he hadn't released anything for the running this year, but that didn't stop him having an opinion on those who did win.
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The main winners at this year's Grammys are finally announced.
The results are in for the 2018 Grammy Awards, and of course it's Bruno Mars who comes out on top with seven gongs altogether including Record of the Year for his stellar 2016 record '24K Magic'. He missed out on eligibility for the 2017 awards, but it's clearly been worth the wait.
Bruno Mars wins big for '24K Magic'
Not only has the pop heartthrob's latest album won the most coveted prize of all at the Grammys, it has also been named Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, and Best Engineered Album in the Non-classical section. Meanwhile, his number one single 'That's What I Like' brough him Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.
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Gaga, Pink and Childish Gambino will be performing at the 2018 Grammy Awards in Madison Square Garden, alongside a Broadway-themed tribute.
On Thursday (January 4th), the Recording Academy announced several of the artists who’ll be taking to the stage at the 2018 ceremony, which takes place on January 28th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The return of the event to New York City – after being held in Los Angeles for several decades – will see a Broadway-themed tribute to composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. It will see former Grammy winner Patti LuPone doing a reprise of her ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ from Webber’s ‘Evita’. Ben Platt, of the hit musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, will also perform a song from Bernstein's ‘West Side Story’.
Continue reading: 2018 Grammy Awards Performers Include Childish Gambino And Lady Gaga
Who won Grammys in the year following their passing?
This year seems to be the year of posthumous Grammy nominations, with at least four recently deceased superstars up for awards this year. Carrie Fisher is nominated for Best Spoken Word album for 'The Princess Diarist', Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell are both up for Best Rock Performance, and Cohen is also competing with Glen Campbell for Best American Roots Performance.
Here are five past artists who won Grammys after they died:
Ray Charles - Best Album for 'Genius Loves Company'
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She's one of a handful of posthumous nominations this year.
Hidden amongst all the main Grammy nominations is a nod to the late 'Star Wars' star Carrie Fisher, who could be looking at her first music award for her spoken word album 'The Princess Diarist'. She's not the only posthumous nomination either, as at least three other late celebraties are named in other categories.
Carrie Fisher spotted outside Chiltern Firehouse
Gone but never forgotten, Carrie Fisher - who died at the age of 60 from a cardiac arrest last year - released her first memoir the month before her death entitled 'The Princess Diarist', exploring her time playing Princess Leia on the 'Star Wars' series and even detailing her alleged affair with co-star Harrison Ford. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work, but is now looking at Best Spoken Word Album at the 2018 Grammys.
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher Could Win A Grammy For Her Spoken Word Album
The full nominations for this year's Grammy Awards have been revealed.
Jay Z is leading the way at this year's Grammy Awards, nominated in an amazing eight categories with Kendrick Lamar just behind him and nominated in seven. Bruno Mars has also done well, taking in four nominations, whilst Childish Gambino also has four chances to take home some of the biggest prizes in the music industry.
Jay Z is expected to take home some prizes from the Grammy Awards 2017
As usual, the Record of the Year category is one of the night's most stacked, with Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Bruno Mars and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee all battling it out. Gambino, Lamar, Jay Z and Mars all also make an appearance in the Album of the Year category, but face some heavy competition from the category's only female nominee, Lorde.
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Rihanna chose the moment that Bey's name was read out for Best Urban Contemporary Album to apply some lip gloss. Shade?
In amid the annual music industry bunfight that is the Grammy Awards last night, social media went wild after a few eagle-eyed viewers thought Rihanna shaded Beyonce as she lost out to her for Best Urban Contemporary Album award by disinterestedly applying lip gloss as Bey’s name was read out.
Surprising, as they’re both among the most loved female pop stars in the world at this moment in time and not normally associated with petty spats with other celebs.
Rihanna arriving at the 59th Grammy Awards
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'Blackstar' swept the floor with five awards.
After releasing his last album 'Blackstar' in January 2016, and therefore too late to make an impact on the subsequent Grammy Awards, David Bowie is revisited more than a year after his death to smash through this year's music celebrations with a total of five posthumous awards.
David Bowie wins five Grammy Awards
The rock pioneer's number one album landed him Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards last night (February 12th 2017), with the title track also winning Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.
Continue reading: David Bowie Is The Posthumous King Of The 2017 Grammys
It'll be the first time the Robots have performed live since the 2014 Grammys, and will surely fuel more speculation that Daft Punk are planning a 2017 world tour.
The robotic duo teamed up with the Canadian singer for his recently released album Starboy, performing with him on the title track as well as ‘I Feel It Coming’. On Tuesday (January 31st), the Recording Academy announced that they’ll be joining forces again to render those songs live at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12th, alongside other confirmed performers Adele, Bruno Mars and Metallica.
Daft Punk arriving at the 2014 Grammy Awards, the last time they performed live
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