The 61st edition of the Grammy Awards for music is held this Sunday in Los Angeles again with rap as the main character and a need to do justice with black performers who systematically remain outside the main prizes despite making the most praised music from the United States, such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Beyonce or Jay-Z. Besides, you will see a lot of Latin talent and a tribute to Diana Ross. Some of the artists with the most nominations will not act. Two movie songs (All the stars, of Black Panther, Y Shallow, of A star has been born, compete in song of the year. As of 12.30 in Los Angeles, the 84 categories begin to be distributed. From 17.00, the last nine awards in the televised ceremony, which will present Alicia Keys. Here are some clues about the grand gala of American music.
Another triumph of rap, another disappointment?
The two artists with more nominations this year are rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Once again, the world of hip hop confirms that it has been true music for some years now. mainstream of the United States. However, no rap artist has achieved the album award of the year. The closest thing was The miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999. Last year, DAMN of Kendrick Lamar had more strength than ever to achieve it and in the end Bruno Mars took him. Jay-Z, with eight nominations, went home without a single prize. In the general categories, pop always ends up beating other genres. A few months later, DAMN won the Pulitzer Prize for the smallest album of the year. This Sunday, Lamar returns to be the most nominated of the night with his work for the soundtrack of Black Panther and the song All the stars, who plays with SZA. Two years ago, when she astonished the record of the year, Adele asked herself: "What the hell does Beyonce have to do to get this prize?" One of these days someone will say the same about Lamar or Drake.
Who wants to act in the Grammys?
Related to the above, this Sunday something strange can happen onstage, and that is that some of the biggest stars of the year, perhaps the same winners, are not. The televised Grammys are a show of the best artists of the year as well as an awards ceremony. But his continuous punishment to hip hop artists is slowly causing them to lose interest. The producer of the gala, Ken Ehrlich, assured The New York Times who had offered to perform live to Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino and who had declined. None has confirmed whether he will attend. Neither will Ariana Grande, after a controversy in public with the producers. They are confirmed Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Red Hot Chili Peppers
A lot of Latin talent
The Grammy only recognize four categories of Latin music, not very clear. But the strength of music in Spanish, in the United States, which attracts figures like Justin Bieber or Drake, is unstoppable. The initial number of the gala will be done by J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin Arturo Sandoval and Camila Cabello. J Balvin is already the Latin artist of the moment in the USA. He is even wanted to campaign for the Latino vote. Camila Cabello already acted last year and asked for support for dreamers in full prime time. And Ricky Martin returns to the stage where he made history 20 years ago, when Latin music had a null presence in the Grammys. Besides, Bad Bunny and J Balvin are nominated for the recording of the year with Cardi B for I like it. In the Latin pop category, Pablo Alborán, Claudia Brant, Natalia Lafourcade, Raquel Sofía and Carlos Vives compete.
A great selection of music videos
As if we were in the era of MTV, one of the most interesting categories this Sunday is the music videos. There is the spectacular video of APE *** T of The Carters (the artistic name that has been married to Beyonce and Jay-Z) and two of the most impressive videos of the year: This is America of Childish Gambino and Pynk by Janelle Monáe. Complete Mumbo Jumbo, from Tierra Whack and I'm not racist, by Joyner Lucas, a conversation about racism at the rhythm of rap between two characters seated at a table. In general, it is a category that offers on its own half an hour of video enjoyment.
Eight new artists, six women
The eyes of the public are tonight in awards like the song of the year or the album of the year. In the eyes of the industry, one of the most important categories always in the Grammy is the best new artist. They are not exactly new for everyone, but this award is considered for those artists who have made their mark in the world of music this year, let's say they have made themselves known to the vast majority of people. This year there are eight nominated artists, more than ever. Six of them are women. The names are Chloe X Halle, Luke Combs, Freta van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Of them, the Californian H.E.R. is also nominated for album of the year.