A year after his stay in New York, the 61st edition of the Grammy Awards returns this Sunday, to the Staples Center in Los Angeles (California) with a show full of Latin presence and in which rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake start as favorites.
J Balvin and Young Thug, accompanied by Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, and Camila Cabello, will be in charge of opening the gala with a number that the organization has described as “explosive”.
During the ceremony, there will also be performances by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, HER, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Diana Ross.
In addition, Dolly Parton, who will perform at the Grammys for the first time since 2001, will sing new material from her album “Dumplin ‘” and see how artists like Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves or Katy Perry cover some of their most popular songs.
One of the biggest absentees will be Ariana Grande, who did not reach an agreement with the producers about the songs she would play during her performance, according to Variety.
Nor will Kendrick Lamar, Drake or Childish Gambino sing, who refused to perform at the ceremony, according to the producer of the gala, Ken Ehrlich, told The New York Times.
The singer and American composer Alicia Keys will be the host of the Grammy.
“I am very excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night of music and to celebrate creativity, power, and magic. I am especially excited about all the amazing women who are nominated this year! “Said the artist.
One more year rap will have a leading role thanks to the eight candidacies of Lamar and the seven of Drake.
” I Like It”, the successful theme of the American rapper of Dominican origin Cardi B with the Colombian J Balvin and the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny could take the Grammy to record of the year.
Cardi B won a total of five nominations including album of the year, only one less than the folk artist Brandi Carlile, the most nominated woman, with six nominations.
Lamar, as head of the soundtrack of “ Black Panther ” (2018), and Drake, with his album “Scorpion “, will be seen by the golden gramophone album of the year.
This category also includes Cardi B (“Invasion of Privacy”), Brandi Carlile (“By The Way, I Forgive You”), HER (“HER”), Post Malone (“Beer pong & Bentleys”), Janelle Monáe (” Dirty Computer “) and Kacey Musgraves (” Golden Hour “).
And in the recording of the year, “I Like It” will face “The Joke”, by Brandi Carlile; “This Is America”, by Childish Gambino; “God’s Plan” by Drake; “Shallow”, by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “All The Stars”, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA; “Rockstar”, by Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage, and “The Middle”, by Zedd Feat. Maren Morris and Gray.
In song of the year, which unlike recording of the year awards excellence in composition, were nominated “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA; “Boo’d Up”, by Ella Mai; “God’s Plan”, by Drake; “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes; “The Joke”, by Brandi Carlile; “The Middle”, by Zedd Feat. Maren Morris and Gray; “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and “This Is America”, by Childish Gambino.
Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, and Miguel are other artists of Hispanic descent who will accompany Cardi B in the generic categories of the Grammy.
In regards to the specifically Latin sections, Pablo Alborán (“Prometheus”) Natalia Lafourcade (“Muses Volume II”), Carlos Vives (“Vives”), Raquel Sofía (“2:00 AM”) and Claudia Brant (“Sincere”) ) will compete for the prize for the best Latin pop record.
The honorary prize that the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias will receive from the Recording Academy will be given to him in a special ceremony that will take place next May 11 in Los Angeles. EFE